As the old Michigan saying goes, “If you want waffles, maybe you shouldn’t murder your brother with a butcher knife.”
That advice was not heeded by Iatonda Taylor, a Grand Rapids, Michigan man who stabbed his brother to death in 2008. Now he’s suing Aramark, the company that used to stock his prison’s decadent bruncheteria and former waffle house, for running out of waffles.
On one grueling day in May, when the prison ran out of waffles, Taylor suffered through two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the Bellamy Creek Correctional facility, a truly humiliating experience he believed would cause a riot and, in turn, physical harm.
“Plaintiff alleges that, since the incident, he has been in constant fear of a riot,” the court papers read.
Then injustice struck again.
“Aramark has substituted peach cobbler for the announced dessert of bread pudding,” alleged Taylor, who stabbed his brother 25 times with an 8-inch butcher knife 9 years and four days before the waffle incident.
In his decision, draconian and ruthless District Judge Paul L. Maloney seemingly breezed past the Constitution’s controversial Waffle Amendment.
“The fact that the food provided may have been less appealing than what was advertised or somewhat unsatisfying does not amount to a constitutional deprivation,” said Maloney, whom it should be noted can have a waffle any time he wants.
Taylor alleges that he was a member of a line waiting for waffles when the prison ran out, and the line began grumbling for cafeteria workers to go to the store for more. He was told by fellow prisoners, that “if you leave (the waffle line), you are a sell-out.” If he didn’t he was threatened to be handcuffed and removed from the line by correctional officers.
Judge Maloney doubted the veracity of the danger in the bubbling Great Michigan Waffle and Peach Cobbler Riot of 2015.
“While a prisoner does not need to prove that he had been the victim of an actual attack to bring a personal safety claim, he must at least establish that he reasonably fears such an attack,” wrote District Judge Paul L. Maloney. “Plaintiff fails to demonstrate that his fear of injury is reasonable.”
Maloney, a peach cobbler apologist, dismissed the case. Aramark is now free to substitute anything that is “adequate to sustain normal health” of Taylor, whose sister pledged to move out of the state if he wasn’t convicted of murdering his brother, whom he hit with a hammer before the 25 stabbings.
Taylor was convicted. He is now serving life in prison, where he must face the cruel punishment of showing up to lunch on time if he wants better food.