How NOT to Get Gluten-free Food in Jail
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Concerns about eating gluten-free food in jail.
Celiac.com 10/18/2010 - Should you be unlucky enough to find yourself in jail and also find yourself angered by the dearth of gluten-free food choices, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT write a note to jail staff in which you threaten to "start blowing up buildings and killing everyone" when you get out, as Geoffrey R. Yates, 27, is alleged to have done recently in Seattle's King County Jail.
The reason it's a bad idea to express your anger by making bomb threats is because the authorities tend to take you at your word, or at least feel that the matter warrants further investigation, if not prosecution.
For Yates, a convicted killer already jailed for violating his parole on a manslaughter conviction on a 2001 slaying, that means felony charges after telling King County Jail staff that he was planning a murderous rampage in part because his dietary concerns -- he claimed to need wheat-free food -- weren't being addressed in jail.
In the note, Yates, 27, allegedly threatened to "start blowing up buildings and killing everyone" if he were released.
That means Yates will likely spend a lot more time in the very same King's County Jail that seems to have little or no ability or inclination to address the gluten-free complaints that led to his threats in the first place.
So, one more time. Bomb threats: Bad way to get released from jail. Bad way to get gluten-free food in jail. Bad way to do pretty much anything except get in trouble.
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