LUCKILY, SHE GETS MILEAGE POINTS
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.