Maybe the worst idea EVER?
People ask me where I get all the stupid stuff in this blog, and I have to say, honestly, the best of it is straight out of the news.
Here’s an example. According to an Associated Press story, officials in Georgia are considering saving money by putting prisoners in fire stations.
According to the story, the inmates would respond to all emergencies, including residential fires, alongside “traditional” firefighters.
The story also says the “traditional” firefighters, who apparently don’t have enough to do in the middle of a roaring blaze, would be trained to guard the inmates working with them.
I am not making this up.
Boy, that’s quite a blaze, isn’t it, Chief? I wish those guys could climb the ladder faster, but what with those handcuffs and leg irons…
Hey boys, when you get inside, try to save some of Mrs. Johnson’s jewelry! There’s a lot of cash under the mattress, and don’t forget the drugs in the medicine cabinet! Oh, and Mr. Johnson’s gun collection!
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Say, Lonnie, you interested in a new program we’re trying out?
Sure Warden. Anything to get out of this cell for a while.
Great! Remind me what you’re in for, Lonnie?
Okie dokie. You mind workin’ weekends, Lon?
Top: Firefighters work to put out a fire at the Magnablend Inc. chemical storage site in the Dallas suburb of Waxahachie, Texas, October 3, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone
Right: A man tries to extinguish a fire at the Fuentes del Norte bus station in Poptun, Peten, 240 miles from Guatemala City, September 16, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer