Inmate Hamster, welcome to The Rock!

July 9, 2010

PHILIPPINES/

Okay men, I have some good news and bad news for you from Warden Johnson, so listen up!

The good news is, from now on we’re gonna have electricity here at The Rock.

That’s right. Lights, fans and other appliances. It’ll be great.

The bad news is, you prisoners will have to generate the power yourselves, by taking turns on this stationary bicycle. Lamar, give it a spin.

PHILIPPINES/You see, after a couple of hours of pedaling as fast as he can, Lamar collapses from heat exhaustion and gets to sit in front of the fan while somebody else does the work. When he recovers, he gets back on again. And so on.

Hey Lamar, can you pedal a little faster? The warden is having a cocktail party and his electric blender isn’t gonna run itself…

Oh and Lamar? Tomorrow at midnight we’ll need the strongest, most bad-ass inmate you’ve got to pedal the bike.

What? Oh nothing, we’ll just be using the electric chair for a few minutes, is all…

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An inmate pedals a stationary bicycle attached to a battery that is used to power lights and electrical appliances inside a city jail in Makati, Metro Manila July 7, 2010. The Philippines has been experiencing problems in its power supply as hydroelectric dams have been affected by drought. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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Wow, you really can not make this stuff up.

So what did Lamar do to get sent to the pokey?

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

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Same as always, Dave. First Degree Stupid.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

The laws are harsh in the Phillippines. Here, being stupid without a permit is a 4th degree misdemeanor.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Here, being stupid is acceptable…. rather expected…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

He is wearing pink underwear. In a jail. I am surprised he is even able to sit.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I love the fact that the fan is old & possibly on the way out, but the bike appears brand new. I am VERY easily entertained.

Posted by MamaC326 | Report as abusive

That explains what you’re doing at this blog, Mama…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Not only is the bike new, but it has a mud flap. Why do you suppose…?

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

A generator is only about 25% efficient. He could make 4 times the breeze by hooking up the back wheel directly to a fan.

Posted by 1LoneBystander | Report as abusive

It’s not so much the electricity generation as the sneaky way in which apparently this institution manages to satisfy inmate exercise mandates. Hope the cops are aware.

Posted by onequartlow | Report as abusive

Ya know, if it were me running the jail, I would probably take the front wheel off the bike and bolt the frame to something that can’t be moved – otherwise, well, you have just provided a criminal with a potential getaway vehicle, of sorts.

Posted by zeitgeist | Report as abusive

Got to admire the sustainability.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Hey, Lamar was supposed to give me a weekend pass! Or was that why he’s taking the long ride?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

This punishment should be everywhere :D

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

21st century punkah wallah.

Posted by knit_nurse | Report as abusive

Lol! How true KN! Where did ya pick that one up from?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Surely every girl has had reason to wish she had her own personal punkah wallah. One who would double as a chai wallah in winter.

Posted by knit_nurse | Report as abusive

ahh… yes… chai…. think I am gonna go and make myself some… its poring cats and dogs here….

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive