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Pantless prisoner walks out of Swedish jail

The Local/dl · 19 Jan 2012, 17:40

Published: 19 Jan 2012 17:40 GMT+01:00

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The man, referred to as Percy in local media reports, had just finished serving a two-month sentence for unlawful driving when he was released from the Brinkeberg prison in Vänersborg in western Sweden.

However, he re-entered society wearing only a shirt, socks, and underwear.

According to Percy, the he can no longer fit into the pants he was wearing when he was arrested in Uppsala last autumn.

But when he sought money from the prison to purchase new clothes, his request was denied.

In its decision, the prison service explained that Percy had 800 kronor ($118) among the personal items he was entitled to reclaim upon his release and that all he needed to complement his apparel was a new pair of shoes, which the prison argued he could purchase himself, the local TTELA newspaper reported.

But Percy only got wind of his clothing allowance rejection a few days before his scheduled release.

“I wasn't able to send for extra clothes from home in time,” he told the newspaper as he stood pantless outside the prison in below-freezing temperatures.

“Now I'm standing here and I don't know what I'm going to do next.”

While the prison had a shop that sold pants and shoes to inmates preparing to re-enter society, Percy thought paying 300 kronor for pants and 350 kronor for shoes would have meant he had almost no money left for food.

After getting a ride into nearby Trollhättan, however, Percy was eventually able buy shoes and pants at an acceptable price before catching a train to take him back to his home in Stockholm.

Prison official Peter Andersson was at a loss to explain why it took more than a month to process Percy's clothing allowance request, a process which normally only takes five days.

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According to Andersson, Percy is likely the first inmate to leave Brinkeberg prison without any pants.

“I don't think [it's ever happened before],” he told TTELA.

“Not as far as I know.”

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20:23 January 19, 2012 by Emerentia
So he got so fat in a month in prison that he no longer could wear the pants he had when he got there, and then he thought that the taxpayers should pay for a new pair for him? And what about the shoes? Why couldn't he wear them? Why couldn't he contact a friend that could get som extra clothes from home or bought some and sent them to him? This is just weird.
20:24 January 19, 2012 by JulieLou40
Crazy, for Gods sake. They took too long to process the request, they should have helped him out by at least going to the nearest charity shop and buying him something so he could be decent! Plus it's winter!
08:28 January 20, 2012 by Cephalectomy
what do you mean emerentia? if its freezing cold you wanna throw him out without enough clothes ? where is human sympathy ? why so hateful ? whatever he did shouldnt make you judge him and let him freeze
08:54 January 20, 2012 by zooeden
Boo fripping hoo for Percy, I feel no sympathy towards him, yes it´s freezing maybe he learns a lesson. What Im discontent about is that the inmates are well fed in prison god damn it!!!
11:21 January 20, 2012 by Shibumi
@zooeden #4

If he gained weight in prison, it is possible that it is because of the poor quality of prison food. Institutional (cheap) food is usually very high in refined carbs and fat and low in fibre, fruits and vegetables. By your argument, all poor people would be thin... when in fact the reverse trend is true. It is more expensive to eat healthy and not gain weight.

Also, society has decided that the penalty for his crime (unlawful driving!) is to deprive him of liberty for two months. It appears that you think the punishment should also include starvation and possibly freezing... Really? That's the society you want to live in?
13:18 January 20, 2012 by zooeden
Yep!!! North Korea would be like Disneyland!!!
14:50 January 22, 2012 by Emerentia
@ Cephalectomy What I mean? I mean that if I where to realize that I am to fat for my clothes I'll buy some new ones, I don't walk out in the freezing cold in my underwear and expect other people to pay for clothes for me while I'm carring 800 kr in my hand.

He realized that he was to fat for his old pants a MONTH before he got out, o month before he got there. Instead of order some clothes, ask a friend to send some, ask for help from soc, salvation army, red cross or something instead of just demand the prison to buy clothes for him.

It's not a child,. it's a grown man. He had enough money to buy pants, but he didn't want to. His own choice.
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