Pizza Can Be Used For Both Good And Evil

Apparently, in prison a guard is worth about 15 pizzas during a prison siege.

An Australian prison siege ended Monday after a group of inmates agreed to release a guard they had held for two days in return for a delivery of pizzas, prison officials said.

A group of up to 20 inmates seized control of the reception area of the maximum security Risdon Prison in Hobart, capital of the southern island state of Tasmania, Saturday, demanding better treatment and improvements to the jail.

The siege was resolved in far less dramatic circumstances. “Our staff member was negotiated out with the delivery of 15 pizzas,” Graeme Barber, Tasmania’s director of prisons, told reporters.

Personally, I think that this goes one in the win column for my idea of introducing the food court to prisons. Who doesn’t love a slice from Sbarro every now and then.

On the flip side, pizza can be used for evil.

A Brazilian woman sent a poisoned pizza to a teenager she had a crush on, which landed the teenager, his six schoolmates and their teacher in the hospital in grave condition on Friday, police said. Two of the victims were in a coma after sharing the pizza and others showed severe poisoning symptoms, such as bleeding from the throat, police said.

“We know it was a poison, but are still trying to find out what exact substance it was,” said investigator Roberto Fonseca de Oliveira of Petrolina in Pernambuco state. The victims were taken from Petrolina to Pernambuco’s capital, Recife, 310 miles away, for urgent treatment.

De Oliveira said police had a letter addressed to one of the victims — a 16-year-old identified only as Paulo. In a description provided to police, the man who had delivered the pizza said the suspect was a plump, short woman about 18 to 20 years old. “She was either an ex-girlfriend or just had a strong interest in the guy,” de Oliveira said.

I don’t think that sending a poisoned pizza to someone you’re interested in is quite the way to go. Poison is typically a turn off.

Pizza delivery ends prison siege [Reuters]
Woman sickens eight with poisoned pizza [Reuters]