17 February 2003
The fine print
Did you ever see one of those "Free Mumia!" posters? Did you ever read the tiny little type at the very bottom?
Me either. But this is what it should say under "Free Mumia":
"Limit one Mumia per customer while supplies last at participating locations. State and local taxes extra."
(Obviously neither Frank J. nor Scott Ott have anything to worry about.)
(Update, 11 pm: For the last hour, I've been deleting and reinstating this piece, on the semi-questionable premise that while I know I've heard this jape before, or some variation thereof, or its application to some other jailbird um, Incarcero-American I can't place it to save my life, and I don't want to grab up somebody else's credit if I can help it. So I decided, finally, to leave it up and hope that someone will read it and identify the source.)