The Orleans Parish Sheriff had lost 16 manatees from its jails. As we walked around the building’s corridors, I explained to the sheriff that this was totally unacceptable.
“The building is beautiful. It’s historic. A classic Southern brick structure. But what goes on in here is very ugly indeed…”
The sheriff was apologetic. I remained unaffected, and went on.
“Manatees are very slow. It doesn’t speak very well of your officers that they can’t catch them, does it?”
The sheriff hung her head.
“And on top of that, these are mentally ill manatees, capable of who-knows-what!” I paused. “I really don’t think we can stop this unless we double your budget.”
The sheriff perked up and nodded enthusiastically. “Yes, we do need more money, that’s very true.”