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Water manager wore burqa as prank
The top administrator of the Olivenhain Municipal Water District apologized this week for an incident at the office in which she wore a burqa as a disguise, intended as a prank on a subordinate.
Kimberly Thorner, general manager of the Encinitas-based public agency, said she dressed up in the all-covering dress worn by some Muslim women to pose as a job applicant to tease the agency's director of operations.
The hoax took place five years ago, and a photo of four smiling staffers posing with Thorner in the burqa was sent to U-T Watchdog this month by someone who found it culturally insensitive.
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