Having online translators for Klingon may not have been the best move -- at least when it comes to government agencies trying to be serious.
After just two years on the Indian Trail city board in North Carolina, David Waddell decided he had enough, and resigned his seat from the government body. But he wasn't going to go away quietly.
Instead, his resignation letter to Mayor Michael Alvarez was not in English. Or Spanish. Or French. Or even something from this planet. It was in Klingon.
"Teach (the) city (the) Constitution," Waddell wrote in Klingon, according to the Charlotte Observer. "I will return next time to (witness) victory. ... Perhaps today is a good day (to) resign."
Waddell later said issuing the letter in Klingon was an inside joke for members of the council, but the mayor was not amused.
"It's an embarrassment for Indian Trail, and it's an embarrassment for North Carolina," Alvarez said.
Indian Trail has a population of just less than 34,000, and is in Union County in south-central North Carolina. It was the shooting location for the short-lived reality series "One Big Happy Family," about a family of overweight people and their struggles to lose weight. The show aired on TLC in 2009 and 2010.
Indian Trail is the fastest-growing community in Union County, and construction is out of control, Waddell said. He felt he could be more effective coming to the board as a private citizen, and also wanted to spend more time working for the Constitution Party, a right-wing group focused on restricting immigration into the United States.
Guess that means that although Waddell likes the Klingon language, he won't be welcoming any of the warrior race into his neighborhood anytime in the near future.
The foundation of the Klingon language first appeared in 1979's "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" created by actor James Doohan, and was turned into a full-fledged language by linguist Marc Okrand in the 1980s.
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