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oldlady Donating Member (513 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 12:47 AM
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What's the link between Bob Barker and my county jail???
Edited on Thu Mar-24-05 12:54 AM by oldlady
If you spend time in our county jail, you are provided with toothbrush, shampoo, plate, eating utensils, all branded with Bob Barker's name-- i.e. the 1 inch tall deodorant I'm looking at now (someone brought it to me..) is labeled "Bob Barker Maximum Security .5oz. Deodorant"-- huh?

The person I know who just spent the weekend says the inmates all refuse to watch the Price is Right.


huh..not related, but the prisoners don't know:

"Also for sale is a selection of correctional clothing and furniture. Firms like the Bob Barker Company (no connection to the game-show host) have created a surreal world of interior design where all consumer durables have been methodically drained of any possibility of mischief or violence. At the same time, they've been rendered as cheap as possible. The end result is flame-resistant, tear-resistant, suicide-resistant foam mattresses. Bright plastic coat hangers (they can not be sharpened into fishhook-wicked stilettos). Stackable, unbreakable, unburnable plastic chairs. Semitranslucent shower curtains that give a trace of privacy without allowing inmates to do anything nasty while washing themselves. Another eye-catcher comes in the form of daringly retro inmate fashion: The black-and-white-striped chain-gang suit is back, reissued in a sturdy, easy-cleaning perma-press polycotton blend and marketed - Ralph Lauren stand back - as one of Bob Barker's Correctional Classics."
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magellan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 12:55 AM
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1. I don't think it's THAT Bob Barker
Edited on Thu Mar-24-05 12:56 AM by magellan
See this link:

Bob Barker Online! America's Leading Detention Supplier

"We smash radios on the floor and grind toothbrushes on cinderblock walls to see how easily they can be made into shanks. All of our hygiene products are screened for pork and other animal products to minimize conflicts with the practice of religious beliefs. And our mattresses are regularly tested to ensure that they meet the standards of ASTM."

I guess an inmate with a backache is a bad thing. :shrug:

Edited to say glad you found it, and I hope they don't have it in for THE Bob Barker over this. :)
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 01:13 PM
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2. Bad backs aren't the problem. Fire is.
Most mattresses are made with polyurethane foam. It's flammable as hell.

In a complete mattress system, fire-retardant ticking around the PUR foam protects it from things like lit cigarettes, but any self-respecting inmate who wants to take out a cell block has the common sense to rip the ticking away from the foam before he tries to set his bed on fire.

Hence, flammability standards for jail mattresses are much, much higher than they are for non-jail mattresses.
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