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Group showers and no privacy — you don’t want to stay at this ‘inn,’ Florida sheriff says

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly in front of the the Flagler County Detention Facility
Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly in front of the the Flagler County Detention Facility Flagler County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook

You may get three squares a day, but being behind bars is no cakewalk.

That’s the message Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly wants to get across to those who are thinking of doing something illegal.

Crime doesn’t pay.

In a video in front of the Flagler County Detention Facility, which he jokingly refers to as the Green Roof Inn, Staly unveils a retro neon “Vacancy” sign that resembles one you’d see outside a roadside motel. But read closely: It says accommodations include “No privacy,” “Group Bathrooms & Showers” and “Designer Jewelry — Handcuffs & Leg Irons.”

“Guests” at the Bunnell, Florida, facility can also obtain free transportation to the courthouse and be issued designer, color-coordinated clothing (aka jumpsuits), but there is no meal selection.

“We have a one-star rating and we’re working to lower that as I’m speaking,” the law enforcement official says in the video.

It’s all in jest, of course, but Staly’s message is dead serious.

“It is a warning to potential offenders that the jail is not a five-star hotel,” he told The Daytona Beach News-Journal. “Hopefully, when people see the signs and the list of accommodations offered, they will think twice about committing a crime in Flagler County.”

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