Reader's Digest International - - Drama In Real Life -

Here’s the prob­lem: To stem vi­o­lence in the lo­cal jails, the Santa Clara County, Cal­i­for­nia, sher­iff wanted to in­stall se­cu­rity cam­eras. But the county in­formed her that it would take two years and up to $20 mil­lion to go through a process “that in­cludes seek­ing bids from ven­dors, re­view­ing con­struc­tion doc­u­ments, and test­ing se­cu­rity equip­ment,” re­ported the Mer­cury News.

Why didn’t I think of that?! Sher­iff Lau­rie Smith re­sponded by tak­ing a shop­ping trip to Costco, where she bought 12 house­hold se­cu­rity cam­eras for $761.24, charg­ing them to her own Amer­i­can Ex­press card. The cam­eras, which were set up in the jail’s max­i­mum­se­cu­rity hous­ing pod, “will cap­ture views of the mul­ti­pur­pose room, the ex­er­cise yard, and each of the 50 or more cell doors,” wrote the Mer­cury News. “There can­not be a de­lay be­cause of bu­reau­cracy. That’s un­ac­cept­able,” said Smith, who ex­pects to re­place the Costco cam­eras with the county’s—when­ever they ar­rive.

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