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Anybody with kids knows an unedited comment can fly from the little darlings’ mouths in the most inappropriate of places, making socially conscious parents sudden candidates for a Child Services interview. Toddlers are forgivable, but what happens when post-adolescents let loose in the blogosphere, only to be quoted in the Washington Post?

WaPo’s Yuki Noguchi begins with a tee-hee-hee-inducing account of 21-year-old Jared Watts, the son of AT&T senior vice president Wayne Watts. Jared doesn’t really like AT&T or Cingular, for whom he also works, and blogs about the company’s personal belief violating customer abuse.

Jared, saves his abuse for after work, blogging about the “middle aged wench of doom” he had to deal with that day at the Cingular Wireless store. His blog’s rather difficult to find now, after former AT&T veep Josh King appears to have removed a link Jared put in the comments section of King’s blog. Well, Noguchi said it was supposed to be there.

Blogger Josh Morgan believes blogging negatively about customers at your work place is a bad idea and questions Watts’ judgment about that and about talking to the Washington Post about it.

“Why would Jared Watts agree to talk to the Washington Post about this issue?,” asks Morgan. “Forevermore, when someone googles his name, this article will come up and he will have to explain why he referred to a customer as the ‘Middle-Aged Wench of Doom.’ Not all press is good press.”

Oh, come now. If you’ve ever held a customer service job, there’s always a wench of doom somewhere.

The loss of the link from King’s blog follows the loss of the blog altogether, which Noguchi says was taken down for its sharp-tonguedness. Watts’ blog met the fate of other public figure impetuous offspring’s blogs, like Senator Bill Frist’s anti-Semitic beer-belt wearing son Jonathan, and a California representative’s underage beer-guzzling daughter.

But not before Wonkette chronicled both of the “sir, we have an issue” moments.

Some have suggested that the youngsters should consider their parents’ positions and reputations before broadcasting their collegiate exploits to the entire Internet – especially before the Washington Post picks it up. But some should also remember that kids do stuff in college – lots of stuffstupid stuffreally stupid illegal stuffall the time.

Is there something you’d like to tell us about your college experience?

Didn’t think so. But if you’d had a blog at the time, you’d have told everybody listening.

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