TV Room Is Not Worth My Time

Prison Life

Jun 29

Sunday, March 18th, 2012 |

The TV room is a place I do not care to spend my time in. I’m not that attached to TV, and l have found it is more hassle than it’s worth. It’s not the TV’s themselves that is a problem. There are four nice flat screens with good pictures.

However, there’s a limited number of chairs, which is the biggest area of contention in the unit. Guys get very territorial with “their” chairs, and with “their” TV programs. Of course, these things are not “theirs”, but they claim ownership to always having a place to sit and watching the same TV programs. Also, the noise is generally louder than I care for. So, I try to avoid it as much as possible.

Fight Over a Chair

As an example, one of my buddies was sitting in a chair watching TV sometime right before 9 pm count. A guy tells him that the chair is his friend’s chair, that the friend is coming back, and he needs to get out. My friend moves.

After count, the guys go back into the TV room. That same contested chair is still available, and noticing that the guy who supposedly owns the chair is not there, he sits in it. The guy who told him to move comes back and says, “I thought I told you not to sit in that chair”. My buddy replies, “I’ll move when so and so come back”.

That response was not reasonable, logical and good enough for the other guy. He gets up grabs the chair and literally dumps my friend onto the floor. My friend is now pissed. As I have said before, fighting is taken very seriously here, as well as taunting. You can get tossed out of the camp for either.

My friend gets up and goes to the emergency phone which directly calls the command center at FCI. He states that he feels endangered, and he needs help. Minutes later there are a dozen CO’s rushing into the room. They don’t know what’s going on, and they, rightly, assume the worse.

Now, the CO’s who have come from all over the complex are pissed. The camp duty CO’s are really pissed. I’m sure they didn’t appreciate having to deal with this commotion. They take both guys to the hole for investigation.

It’s too early to say what is going to happen to these guys. My guess is that they let my buddy stay in the hole for a week or two.  The other guy will probably stay longer.  The logical thing would be to put one of the guys in another unit when he returns.  However, the camp is not known for doing logical things.