Bad idea: using a taser on someone who’s done nothing wrong. Very, very bad idea: using a taser on a bunch of kids visiting a prison for Take Your Son or Daughter to Work Day.
You’ve got to wonder just what was going through prison officer Walter Schmidt’s head when he decided to use a 50,000-volt stun gun on some kids visiting the Talahassee prison he worked at. One of the kids ended up going to the hospital and, not surprisingly, Schmidt got fired.
37-year-old Schmidt told officials who later fired him that he had only been trying to show the children – whose parents all work at the jail near Tallahassee – what a typical day involves while handling unruly inmates.
‘It wasn’t intended to be malicious, but educational,’ he explained to the St Petersburg Times.
‘The big shock came when I got fired.’
The jokes just write themselves, don’t they?