June 07, 2005

Ruth: Prison Souvenirs

by Ruth

While my co-Guest Contributors and those already Sitting in Review are busy posting about stuff that really matters, I don't do the whole "sounding intelligent" thing very well. My posts here will probably always have a certain level of silliness. If I forget myself decide to be thoughtful, I'll give fair warning so that you all can scroll to the next entry.

So today my co-workers and I toured a federal correction institution. More details will be found later over at my blawg, but for now I would just like to share one tidbit.

Upon entering the FCI, we noted that in a glass case next to the visitor sign-in place, there were glass mugs, a cd holder, a visor, and other prison souvenirs, complete with the prison's name on it. Imagine buying a mug that said "Virginia is for Lovers," only instead of the aforementioned text in the pretty gold writing, it says "[Federal Correction Institution's Name]" in pretty gold writing.

We were a bit confused as to why the prison would have these? Were they for the employees? Visitors? The prisoners themselves as a way to commemorate their stay? I mean, really, who would actually want keepsakes with the name of a federal prison on them?

It got us thinking: did the prison make t-shirts too? Something like (my co-worker said), "My nephew got 6 months in federal prison and all I got was this lousy t-shirt."

Or: "I've Paid My Debt to Society. Federal Bureau of Prisons 2005 Tour."

What about a Federal BoP pipe? Or zippo lighter? Or shot glass?

If you need a break from the more thoughtful posts found in and around this blog, feel free to suggest your own ideas for new prison souvenirs.

June 7, 2005 11:57 PM | TrackBack

Because you're keeping your suggestions polite, I won't mention the insensitive option.

Posted by: PG at June 8, 2005 01:22 AM


Does that make me insenstive because I find your suggestions (especially the second one) hilarious?

Posted by: Ruth at June 8, 2005 01:37 AM
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