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City investigators soon received reports of more unusual activities, such as staffers being punished by having to eat an entire pizza in one sitting.

Apparently that happened at the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. It’s not something you see every day at a major municipal agency, is it?

(But what size pizza? Thin or thick crust? What toppings?)

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