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World’s Worst Employee Makes Dozens of Bomb Threats to Get Out of Work

Some people call in sick when they don't want to go to their job. James Bea sent scores of frightening, personalized messages to his colleagues

The next time you find yourself crammed into your cubicle and fuming over all the god-awful people in your office, just be thankful you’ll never have to work with James Allen Bea.

A leading contender for the world’s worst colleague, the 21-year-old is facing felony charges for relentlessly terrorizing his fellow employees at a financial services firm in Seattle.

During his short-lived tenure at Jack Henry and Associates, Bea allegedly sent dozens of bomb threats to co-workers in texts and emails, usually filled with unsettling details about their personal lives. Prosecutors also allege that the disgruntled employee-from-hell circulated photographs of his deceased brother splayed out in a coffin. His campaign began just days after he started his job, and in what appears to be an elaborate ruse to avoid going to work (or to just provide himself cover), Bea also cast himself as one of the bomber’s primary targets.

“The defendant orchestrated a sophisticated, calculated scheme that delivered waves of terror for weeks, permeating a multi-state company and leaving many people fearful to come to work,” wrote King County deputy prosecutor Ian D. Ith in court papers.

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Police in Seattle first caught wind of the menacing messages on April 10, a mere three days after Bea started his job at the Missouri-based firm. Company employees at the Seattle office and branches in other states began receiving threats on their mobile phones claiming that bombs would detonate in their offices. Colleagues who worked in close proximity to Bea, including those who provided him with job training, received messages with a twisted personal touch:

“Hello Tom. I know you are wondering who this is, but we will get to that later. I’ve watched you for the past 6 months. Where you work, which route you take home, where you grocery shop, where you go for drinks, where that pretty little girlfriend of yours works; need I go on? What do I want you may be wondering? I want you and the rest of your staff to evacuate the building. Failure to do so will harm not only your pretty soon to be wife, but everyone who works for you. I have planted and will detonate 18 C4 explosives in exactly 30 minutes. Take this as a joke, and your staff’s lives will be in your hands.”

Bea sent scores of similar bomb threats to his colleagues, court documents allege. To avoid suspicion, he often targeted himself in the messages, which would refer to Bea as “Nigger James” and threaten the life of his young son. Bea even went so far as to use the death of his younger brother, Jalon Bea, who was shot to death by a friend last year, as grist for his mill. Prosecutors say he sent his co-workers images of Jalon resting in a casket at his funeral.

In court filings, the prosecutor seemed taken aback by the “sheer volume of frightening and graphic text messages sent to many, many people. This was no angry one-time whim.”

While court documents state no explicit motive for Bea’s berserk behavior, there’s enough evidence to suggest that he just didn’t want to go to his job. Many of the threats included demands that Bea stay home from work.

“So there it is, my warning to you: DON’T SET ONE FOOT ON JACK HENRY PROPERTY TOMORROW,” reads one bomb threat allegedly sent to Bea on April 15, according to court records. That day, he decided to take the day off from work.

Another message, sent to Bea on April 22, follows a similar formula: “You better not show up today or [J]ack Henry will pay.”

A defiant Bea fired back (at himself, prosecutors allege): “You are not going to stop me from working and performing. Fuck off.”

In the following weeks, the whole scheme unraveled spectacularly. Police eventually traced all of the text messages back to Bea and busted him at his home in Tacoma on May 12. Court documents also allege that he swiped the credit card accounts of several people and racked up thousands of dollars in purchases. The victims belonged to banks that hired Jack Henry to manage their financial software.

Thus far, authorities have charged him with two counts of making threats to bomb or injure property, with more charges likely on the way, prosecutors say. He remains jailed on $100,000 bail.

“The two counts alleged in this case are only the tip of an iceberg of serious felony counts that could be added to this case,” reads the court filing. “The detail, planning and vitriol expressed in these scores of messages should give this court grave concern for the safety of all the victims, their families and community in general.”

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  • Affirmative action yo!

  • I tried to get this job that this guy had.  I interviewed and I thought I had a good chance.  I’m a 23 year old white female with an associate degree and some job experience.  I was so excited because I thought they would chose me.  I would never do anything like this guy did.  It is horrible.  I think this was the affirmative action hiring that stopped me.

  • Maybe Eric Holder could investigate racial bias against the poor employee. Maybe he was mistreated because of his color.

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    • It is possible prejudice.  Because the bomb threats did call him the “N-word” and that lead to emotional distress.

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      • Yes, the messages that he sent to himself.

    • He should be charged with a hate crime as well because he threatened himself and used the “N” word.


  • Can’t tell if posters are sarcastic or insane…

  • This is so sad.  So many people will say that all African-americans do this.  And that’s wrong.

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    • You are so right about that. It’s most, not all. they should have just said he was a male suspect, but that would have been sexist.

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      • I agree.  We have to be very careful not to show bigotry.  Even sometimes when I read the most awful violent crime stories, I wonder why they had to bring race into it. This fellow James Bea is just like any of us, he just has a different skin color that’s all.

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      • “we” don’t bring race into it, the suspect brings race into it– his race is a matter of public record, it’s on the police report, and is part of his description.  Have to know his race in order to find him.

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      • He’s not like me because I’m not stupid enough to make bomb threats to get out of 1 day of work. I’m not lazy or stupid. Maybe he’s like you, but not me

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  • I like the barcode on the bill of his hat, that’s classic. Was he planning on returning it after a few months?  Hey the guy should have no trouble finding work.  He’s quite handsome, maybe he could be a hat model. The skys the limit for this clown.  Jack Henry and Associates sure know how to find talent.

  • And the racist are out in droves. smdh everything has to be racial in some way shape or form with racists jerks who sware they aren’t.

  • blacks used to fight to get a job… how times have changed.

  • blacks uses to fight to get a job… how times have changed.

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    • Whites steal too, you passive-aggressive idiot.

  • This individual seems like a pretty good employee, except for the bomb threats.  He’s hardworking and creative.  The company should give him another chance.  It’s very important that the company have diversity and he would be good for that.

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    • Crazy is as crazy does

  • How typical that he called himself “nigger” in the messages, to perpetuate the myth of evil White “racists” attacking Blacks. In real life it’s the other way around. And over and over again we see examples of these fake “racist” attacks. E.g. a Jewish professor claiming Whites carved swastikas on her car, getting media attention – then it’s revealed she did it herself. And hardly any media wrote about it. Same as a Turk girl in Germany claiming Whites carved a swastika on her cheek, launching massive demonstrations, and media attention all over Europe. It was false, she had done it to herself. Suddenly the media turned silent, and barely no one heard that it was a hoax. 

  • Hey, he learned this tactic from the Democrat National CommieCrats front, Media Matters.Just look for a liberal who posed as a racist conservative who abuptly stopped posting recently and we’ll abile to ID the A**Hole.

  • If Obama had a son . . .

  • The ape will do anything (including kill) to get out of a work day.

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    • Racist POS

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      • But the “accused” is not?James the orriginal racist on the topic, is accused of: To avoid suspicion, he often targeted himself in the messages, which would refer to Bea as “Nigger James”What’s worse, being a racist, or instigating racial devide and flaming the race wars by innuendo and lies?That like Crystal Gail Mangum and Tawana Brawley rape allegations that did devistating harm to women who have been REALLY raped!It cast doubt on the accuser, and now that the race card had been abused for political ideology, A**Holes like James have done more harm for racial peace than the Democrat’s and their KKK cronies.

      • Aww, “racist”, are we supposed to be afraid by your slur, boy?

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      • So, it’s a “POS” to be a racist, but it’s just dandy to make bomb threats?  Nice.

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      • Bombs kill people.  Racism ruins lives and makes people sad.

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      • Bombs do kill people.  But no, someone’s being a racist doesn’t ruin anyone’s life nor make anyone sad, any more than someone being a francophile or having a food allergy affects anyone. 

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      • Racism is worse than anything.  Especially  the racism against Afro-americans.

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      • Really?  “racism is worse than anything”?  Racism is worse than molesting children?  Racism is worse than rape?  Racism is worse than murder? 

  • Diversity, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like “America Deceived II”.They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.Impeach Obama.Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely banned:

  • When animals attack…

  • I once knew a guy who had a death in the family twice a month.

  • Well, he got his wish, no work today or tomorrow or…

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    • Now thats funny!


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