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Miami-Dade county employees make party videos on taxpayer dime

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Taxpayer money in Miami-Dade County, Fla., is going toward party videos dubbed as "team-building."

The county's Community Information and Outreach Department has been producing such videos every year around the holiday season since 2010, WPLG Local 10 News in South Florida recently reported.

The videos are a series of skits, showing employees drinking, dancing and fooling around at the office.

"Shocking" is how one county employee described it to WPLG Local 10 News, who did not want to be identified for fear of losing his or her job.

Several parts of the 2012 and 2013 videos heavily feature department director Henry Sori, who told Local 10's Ross Palombo he believes the videos to be "appropriate."

One section of one video features a man in an office, surrounded by cubicles, screaming, "Hump Day! Wooohoo!" while thrusting forward his pelvic region multiple times.

"He was just making fun of 'hump day,'" Sori said.

County records show the video took 13.5 hours of county time to produce in 2012, and more than 90 hours in 2013.

Sori was recently suspended for a week without pay, which will cost him roughly $3,000.

He makes more than $160,000 annually, all paid for by Miami-Dade County taxpayers.

One employee told News 10 there were "more excessive hours and more money spent on these videos than what was officially recorded."

Sori said he was unsure how much money officially went toward the video production.

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