Jail isn’t a day at the spa, or a walk in the park, nor should it be. It is punishment given to someone who broke the law. There are things that will be given up upon entering jail, the most important being freedom. If you commit a crime in Bradley County, Tennessee, and wind up in jail, you have to give up more than freedom – you have to give up your underwear.
Yes, you read that correctly. It seems that when you are a guest at the Bradley County jail, you will not only be issued a jumpsuit, you will be issued previously worn underwear. You give up all your clothes and they give (lend) you what you need. To state that more clearly, you will be given ‘used’ underwear for your incarceration. That’s right, inmates are given previously worn, although washed, underwear.
I cringe at the thought of wearing rented bowling shoes at the local bowling alley. I know my feet are clean, sweet smelling and free of such things as athlete’s foot. But what about the person, or persons, who wore them prior to me? Were their feet fine or festered? Are there bugs or germs in those soles? What guaranty do they give that I won’t catch something that will make my arches ache?
When I heard on XM radio this morning, yes, XM radio had the news story about the previously worn undies, I had mixed feelings. You do the crime, you do the time. You eat what they give you, you wear what they provide and you work the trash pick-up along the highway if that’s what they tell you to do. But is it right to make people wear previously worn, although washed, underwear?
If you buy undies and don’t like them for whatever reason, can you return them to the store after you have worn them? No, for sanitary or healthy reasons you can’t. Is it okay to allow inmates to wear previously worn, although washed, underwear?
I’m curious as to what your thoughts are on this subject. Right now I’m still in the “what?” mode since I heard it. If there was ever a deterrent for me to obey the law, the idea of wearing previously used, although washed, underwear would certainly make me hang onto my undies and walk the straight and narrow in Bradley County, Tennessee!