Who Gets To Wear Designer Suits & Drink Champagne In Jail?
Sicilian mobsters do, that’s who.
Inmates at the Palermo Ucciardone prison in Italy have been allowed to wear fancy designer suits from the likes of Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton for decades now. It gets better—these mobsters have gotten away with throwing lavish parties in jail, involving champagne bottle-popping and lobster meals. One inmate actually arranged his daughter’s extravagant wedding in the prison church. Much to these spoiled prisoners’ dismay, the new governor in town is about to crack down on their luxurious habits:
The new governor, Rita Barbera, is calling an end to the good times, starting with a ban on several designer labels such as Prada, Gucci, Valentino, Versace, Louis Vuitton and Armani.
“The popular image of this jail is linked to the silk suits of godfathers and we need to cancel that image,” she was quoted as saying to La Stampa newspaper.
“We need to cancel class differences and the showing off of status, power and wealth,” added Barbera, who has also banned Nike and Adidas sportswear.
Prisoners’ wives, who were refused permission to deliver designer clothes to the 19th-century jail after the introduction of the new rules, said they were furious with the governor.
“My husband will be left naked,” said one.
“He only has designer clothes, and that’s not because he’s flashy but because they last much longer and are better quality. Why humiliate him? Why force us to buy clothes at street markets?”
Left naked, huh?
I guess that means we should all hang our heads in shame for wearing “street market” clothes on a regular basis, since these guys are so humiliated wearing them while they’re locked up. SMH!