This is what it looks like when a government cares about its students. Fuck, am I lucky.
Seven months after hiring an outside contractor to feed prisoners in state prisons, Michigan officials are considering scrapping the contract over serious problems ranging from maggots in the food to private contract employees abusing and having sex with prisoners.
According to emails acquired by the Detroit Free Press under the Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, state officials are at their “wit’s end,” over the complete failure of the Aramark Correctional Services of Philadelphia to control their employees and fulfill the terms of their contract.
In an attempt to save $12 million annually, Michigan outsourced food services to Aramark starting in January of this year, only to receive reports of maggots in the food, unclean kitchens, food shortages causing increased tensions with the prisoners, as well as Aramark employees smuggling in contraband and assaulting inmates.
One Aramark food service director showed up for work drunk and failed a Breathalyzer test while another was caught trying to smuggle marijuana into the prison.
“I’m at my wit’s end,” Kevin Weissenborn, the Michigan Department of Corrections manager in charge of overseeing Aramark’s contract, wrote to one prison warden in March.
“I know how you feel,” replied Warden Heidi Washington of the Charles E. Egeler Reception & Guidance Center in Jackson. “At first I felt like Lansing thought I was just being too difficult and too demanding because I was always complaining. However, I think everyone knows that’s not the case.”
Although Aramark only employs 300 workers in Michigan’s prisons, 74 Aramark workers have been banned from prison property for various infractions in just six months.
Aramark was fined $98,000 in March for repeated contract violations such as running out of food and making improper substitutions for required menu items.
Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is now considering scrapping the $145-million, three-year contract before the summer heat intensifies, worried over prison unrest.
After reading reports of maggots in the food at two prisons, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardvill (R-Monroe) called for new bids from other companies.
“It doesn’t matter if they’re prisoners or who they are, people don’t deserve that type of treatment,” Richardville said.
Aramark officials have released a statement claiming they believe many of the complaints stem from prison officials unhappy with outsourcing jobs at the expense of state Corrections Department workers.
holy shit aramark is the same company that provides food for my university. nice. love seeing this neoliberalism at work
they provided food for my college too yeck
I truly work for a great company!!!!!
Googled myself and found an article in my hometown’s paper about me graduating from high school…how utterly gross.
"I want to work in the television industry." Ugh. You were too optimistic, kid.
I was going through some stuff from the Tumblr Comedy Nerd™ days of 2010 and found this. What…happened then? I have so many questions.
I’m taking a survey about the show for NBCUniversal market research, so just so you know, they really are turning to the fans to see if this should be renewed. If you want to see it back, be vocal about it. They pretty much exactly asked “Should we renew this show?”
Fave question: “Did you watch this show because you are a fan of Zach Woods?” Yes, NBC. I did. Among other reasons!!
i’ve been trying to explain this sketch to people for years
I don’t think people realise how hard it is to re-discover the person you were before depression or even try to remember your own personality
Donald Trump is a garbage monster obviously, BUT this sketch has some wonderful chicken-in-egg dancing by Amy and Maya.
Donald Trump’s House of Wings (2004)
Also one time “Jump” came on in a bar, and I called my only other (at the time) SNL-loving friend and sang this song to her.
ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS OF ALL TIME.