Thursday, November 24, 2011

Hotel Catering

A wily con waved around a regulation stating that we should be provided with either 2 slices of bread or toast at breakfast.
Much staff debate followed. Now my first job of the day is to make toast for all. This didn't pass unnoticed by staff, the comment "are we running a hotel?" being most frequent.
As ever, this raises the question - what is the nature of punishment? And what should its details comprise?
Toast, or plain bread at breakfast?


  1. What hell on earth is prison life? Its so utterly dull and this essence is captured well here on your post.

    It must be so frustrating for you in there Ben, I do hope things improve for you, and soon. All the best.

  2. Who are the victims ?

  3. @infamous, As an ex-con myself, prison was a lot of things, but it wasn't dull. Always a drama going on, the things i had to tell my visitors, you wouldn't belive. The punishment, well having toast or not is neither here nor there. THe punishment, imho is all the crap that goes with prison, the court case, living in limbo for ages, and getting on your feet again when out. Still, in the end, it all turned our alringht for me.

  4. Well, I am glad that you're out and alright now anonymous. From what you and Ben say about prison life it seems to go from one extreme to the other; from high drama to a sort of barron limbo land. People find ways of coping and some manage better than others, surely though money could be spent better than making the conditions of life like hell ... and that goes for some of us on the outside too.

  5. Its funny that staff seemingly, when they think they know better, like to ignore regulation, when they are employed to watch over people who thought they knew better and could ignore regulation.

  6. I think it's worth noting, that simply allowing prisoners something as innocuous as a slice of toast for breakfast - is enough to make some screws childishly upset.

    Should these petty-minded individuals really be entrusted to run our jails punishment blocks whilst being so obviously anti-con?

    It's only a slice of 'Holy Ghost' after all.


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