City councilman pens resignation letter in Klingon

North Carolina politician David Waddell chooses to terminate his role and go out like a Klingon warrior. Worf would be proud.

Bonnie Burton
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When a Klingon is smiling, it's best to vote his way.
When a Klingon is smiling (this one is not David Waddell), it's best to vote his way. Bonnie Burton

It takes a special kind of politician to end his term by signing a resignation letter "chaq DaHjaj QaQ jaj paj." That's "maybe today is a good day (to) resign." In Klingon.

David Waddell, a city councilman for Indian Trail, N.C., decided to send his resignation letter to Mayor Michael Alvarez written in Klingon as an inside joke. "Folks don't know what to think of me half the time," Waddell told The Charlotte Observer. "So I might as well have one last laugh."

The politician used the Klingon translator on Bing.com in case the mayor wasn't fluent in the well-known "Star Trek" language. In fact, Waddell didn't just write his resignation using standard Klingon, he chose the beautiful, pointy-looking written Klingon language of pIqaD.

As a "Star Trek" fan, Waddell must have known that Klingons are more about action and less about talk. So it makes sense that he'd resign from a position that undoubtedly required having to endure endless council meetings. After all, SuvmeH 'ej charghmeH bogh tlhInganpu -- "Klingons are born to fight and conquer," not debate.

Waddell is resigning from his first term on the board as of January 31. Originally, his four-year seat would have expired in December 2015. According to The Charlotte Observer, Waddell left his post early because he was frustrated with how citizens' requests for public information were addressed.