Tent City's About to Turn 19, Which Means It's Time For Another Joe Arpaio Publicity Stunt -- Inspired By McDonald's

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What inspiration looks like to Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Tent City is turning 19 later this year, but Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is getting started early for the jail's annual birthday publicity stunt.

This time, Arpaio's putting up a sign outside the jail, displaying the total "Number of Inmates 'Served'" -- an idea stolen from what the sheriff's office identifies as the "world's most renowned fast food chain."

Of course, there's going to be an unveiling ceremony at the jail this afternoon, although we've gotten no indication that a Ronald McDonald impersonator will be present.

A press release from the sheriff's office says Arpaio admits "some may say the sign serves little purpose," but he swears there's a point in adding McDonald's-like decorations to a jail.

"[H]is point in erecting it is to underscore that Tent City remains an excellent facility to safely and cost effectively house inmates," the sheriff's office says.

Arpaio's been trying to establish that point for almost 19 years now, but apparently the McDonald's sign will do the trick.

The sign is intended to announce to jail visitors how many inmates have "successfully served time in Tent City," the sheriff's office says -- a number that is currently around 427,000.

One would assume that the number of inmates who did not "successfully" serve in Tent City would be subtracted from the total, like Phillip Wilson and Brian Crenshaw -- who both died after being severely beaten in the jail.

"Tent City is one of my proudest innovations," Arpaio says in the press release. "And has long been and still continues to be a model program throughout the entire nation as an economical, safe and successful way to house a growing inmate population."

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Sgt641
Sgt641

They make money for every prisoner.  Dont let them fool you, They are making money. 

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

There used to be a time when a community would be embarrassed by having a lot of people pass through their jail.   It shows there is no crime prevention, only punishment.    It also shows that the economy is not serving it's people by providing employment opportunities.    Those values are a thing of the past.    Today, the jail keeper is proud of his huge turnover and current population of inmates.     Society is sick and on it's last legs.   We celebrate the negative and we find the positive to be boring.   RIP.

Coz
Coz

Bozo Joe the clown, embarrassing Arizona once again.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 If I were Ronald McDonald I would be highly pissed with being compared in the same sentence with the mentally ill old man who pretends to be sheriff in Maricopa County.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Plenty of time for this nonsense, no time to investigate sex crimes, or round up wanted felons and baby killers. peace

david saint
david saint

he should put how much money he has cost the tax payers instead via wrongful death suits and the upcoming ones from his abuse of power! Only in AZ can a guy charge a bunch of judges with RICO charges, without any evidence to support it, and get away with it...#scary shit

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Just when you think you've seen the Flaccid Failure do his worst, he manages (yet again) to pull off yet another embarrassing publicity stunt.

community.maricopa@usdoj.gov. E-mail the DOJ and tell them what you think of the Flaccid Failure. I already have.

GuestPelagicDude
GuestPelagicDude

Your idiots for making fun of it. "If you dont like it, dont go there"

Dread96821
Dread96821

Hmmm I wonder if McDonald's is okay with Sheriff Arpai-asshole using a sign and McDonald's like decorations. I think I'll send a little note and give those guys a heads up...

1661 AZ
1661 AZ

 In prison there are convicts and there are inmates. in the joint that 2 different breeds of humans. 

AVID063
AVID063

Hmm.  I can already envision Arpaio complaining about how McDonald's is "out to get" him after they sic their lawyers on MCSO over this OBVIOUS trademark infringement...

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

The sign should include a "debt clock" that displays how much MCSO has lost in law suits, legal fees, and misspending.

Wondering
Wondering

And the amount of money the lawsuit from said fast food chain will cost us is??????????????

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

First of all, using the word "erect" and talking about Arpaio in the same sentence is just wrong.

Second, since his tents are so model worthy, tell me again where else they tent inmates in the United States of Amerca.

Tom
Tom

Just think how many more would have passed through if the MENTALLY CHALLENGED SHERIFFS OFFICE did some real police work. What a fucking pork head.

Naughty Lisa
Naughty Lisa

Speaking of idiots, do you think that everybody who speaks negatively of Tent City has been an inmate there? 

Dread96821
Dread96821

Just got off the phone with McDonald's. Hope sheriff Joe forgot to ask permission to use the golden arches. They do not sound happy. I probably won't hear anymore about this but at least I tried to do my part...

Coz
Coz

 Thats actually a great idea.

Tom
Tom

His depends would stand up erect by themselves at the end of the day.

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