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'S--t bureaucrats say' pokes fun at public service

Days before a federal budget that has many public servants worried about their future, a group of six Ottawa workers has lightened the mood with their take on a popular internet meme.

Video has been viewed more than 40,000 times since it was uploaded Sunday

Days before a federal budget that has many public servants worried about their future, a group of six Ottawa workers has lightened the mood with their take on a popular internet meme.

In the video "S--t Bureaucrats Say", a precocious young actress speaks jargon ("They don't understand our mandate"), quibbles over process ("You're not supposed to staple that") and spouts an unwieldy string of acronyms for various government departments.

Since it was uploaded on Sunday, the video has been viewed more than 43,000 times, with comments overwhelmingly positive.

Its creators, who asked not to be identified, said they were blown away by the popularity of the video, which they shot in a day after realizing that the unique language of the bureaucracy would be a good match for the Sh** people say videos currently populating the internet.

"While we love our jobs, we...couldn't help but have a laugh over how, outside of Ottawa, no one really seems to understand what we're saying," they wrote in an e-mail to CBC News.

"In addition, with the two budgets coming down this week, we thought the timing might be good to help relieve the stress a lot of public servants are feeling," they wrote.

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