We couldn’t resist this one:
Westchester County jail inmates are suing the county for $500 million in federal court, claiming that the jail’s refusal to give them access to dental floss is ruining their teeth.
The trouble with dental floss, according to anti-floss prison authorities, is that it can be used to garrote a fellow inmate, cut through prison bars or braid a rope for escaping over a prison wall.
Prisoners have used dental floss to escape, although it is rare. In 1994, Robert Dale Shepard made an 18-foot rope out of floss and then used it to scale the walls of a West Virginia prison. In 2002, Scott Brimble used dental floss and toothpaste to weaken wire mesh surrounding the exercise yard at Okanogan County Jail in Washington and then pried open enough of an opening to slip through.