Inmate Uses 'Festivus' to Score Better Meals

Argues 'religion' means he needs a kosher diet
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2010 8:47 AM CST

(Newser) – Here’s a Festivus miracle for you: An inmate in an Orange County Jail managed to get better food for months by saying he needed it to adhere to the “religion” of Festivus. Malcolm Alarmo King is a health nut, the Orange County Register explains, who didn’t want to eat the jail’s all-salami menu, so he asked for kosher, high-protein meals. The sheriff’s department complained that such pricier fare was reserved for those with religious restrictions. So King’s lawyer listed his religion as “Festivus.”

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No, you didn’t miss anything in that Seinfeld episode; keeping kosher is not one of the precepts of Festivus, a goofy made-up holiday that involves wrestling, an aluminum pole, and telling people how much they’ve disappointed you. But a judge bought it. King got his special diet for two months before the county got the court order thrown out, a sheriff’s spokesman tells the AP. (Read more Festivus stories.)

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