Still fairly significant, relatively speaking, but Payne was not happy. She sent commissioners a greeting card along with a jar of Vaseline and a tube of red lipstick. The card read, "The next time you choose to give us something please lubricate and/or kiss first."
It continued that the mistakenly-less-than-expected raise was "yet another example of your disrespect for loyal county employees," and charged that commissioners had said that "monkeys could do [the] jobs" that the public defenders in Kootenai County are called on to do.
Commissioners denied making any such statements and said that Payne's letter was an "unprofessional response to a simple mistake." Payne was given a one-week suspension.