Councilmember Kwame Brown

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D.C. government employees might want to watch out for the above face. That’s because, like the prince who dresses in rags to see how his subjects live, At-Large Councilmember Kwame Brown has taken to dressing down and testing out city services.

Unlike a fairy tale prince, though, he tweets about his adventures.

First, Brown went to a D.C. One Stop Career Center and pretended to be a job seeker. He wasn’t happy with what he saw. After waiting 25 minutes and talking to three people, Brown was just told to look for a job on a computer.

12 percent unemployment. Businesses acting like they are looking for DC residents and our One Stop Career Shops: look on computer.” Brown complained.

Weeks after his first operation, Brown tried to catch a cab without wearing a suit. He walked seven blocks without any cabs stopping for him. After his fruitless walkabout, Brown took his problem to the Taxicab Commission.

“When the spirit hits him he’s going to go out and check that out,” says Brown spokesperson Michael Price.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery.