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Biden’s Secret Service blamed for disrupting business during Mardi Gras

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Chauvin said one agent – who was stationed on the roof with the dog that later died – was particularly unpleasant. At one point, he offered the agent his business card while trying to learn why Secret Service was there.

“He said, ‘I don’t need your card, sir. I don’t care who you are. Please step back,’” Chauvin recalled.

When Chauvin asked the agent, who was wearing a badge on his bulletproof vest, who his supervisor was, the agent offered a mocking response: ‘The president of the United States.”

“He was just totally rude,” Chauvin said.

Milien, the spokesman for the Secret Service, said the agency had not received any complaints about the behavior of agents that day. “We’re unaware of any instances involving our employee or agent,” he said.

Chauvin ended up leaving the parking garage while agents were there, but about four hours later, someone called him and told him that a Secret Service dog had plunged to his death from the 7-story parking garage. That fall would be about 60 to 65 feet high, he said.

He had seen the dog earlier with the agent he had been speaking with.

“The dog that was in the back of his car was the dog that jumped off the roof,” Chauvin said.

“I wasn’t there when it happened, but my valets told me they heard a thump. One of the valets [saw] the dog come down when he was looking out.”

After the dog fell, the agent was seen running down the steps.

“They could hear him screaming and crying when he came down,” Chauvin said. “He was really emotional. They get attached to dogs, which I can understand.”

But what has the operators of this business still upset days after the event is how the agents were able to appear at the garage that day, barking orders to employees without explaining very much.

“They did this in the middle of Mardi Gras,” he said. “I mean, we had parades going on and cars trying to park.”

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