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'Eating like kings and then laughing at us': Prison guards vent over prisoners feasting on steak, Cornish hen and Boston Creme pie while they work without pay amid government shutdown

Prisoners are said to have taunted guards while eating extravagant holiday meals as the corrections officers worried about putting food on their own tables since they've been working unpaid during the partial government shutdown. 
On Christmas and New Year's Day, prisoners across the country feasted on fancy fare as about 36,000 federally-employed guards and other prison workers were forced to work without pay and cut vacations short or risk losing wages or even suspensions, according to NBC News
At Illinois' FCI Pekin, inmates were said to have dined on steak and shrimp on New Year's Day, while prisoners in Brooklyn, New York's Metropolitan Detention Center were served Cornish hen, roast beef and Boston Creme pie on both Christmas and New Year's. 
At Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Florida, inmates were served a New Year's Day lunch consisting of grilled steak, garlic macaroni biscuits and various pies. 
While they ate, Joe Rojas, president of The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 506, said that some of the inmates mocked the staffers. 
Rojas told the Washington Post that the prisons were 'eating like kings and then laughing at us.' 
Guards who scanned prisoners emails for safety reasons read notes inmates sent in which they bragged that 'Ima end up fat i been eatin like a boss all week i just had steak, pie, chicken, potatoes, salad mac nd cheese rice all type of (things).'
'They are getting a lavish meal and we are working the holidays away from our families wondering if we can pay the rent or make it home,' Rojas told NBC News.
In a letter Rojas wrote to the Bureau of Prisons, he stated that it was 'like kicking someone when they are down.'   
It was a similar story at Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center. 
'A lot of the staff were upset over the fact that we don't know where our next meal is going to come, and these inmates were served so much food they were able to get on the serving line twice,' detention center case manager June Bencebi said, noting that the government appeared to be 'more worried about appeasing' prisoners than paying the employees for their work. 
In a statement to NBC News, the Bureau of Prisons said that the grumbled about extravagant meals were planned weeks before the partial government shutdown, which started on December 22, 2018. 
The meals, the statement said, were being served to 'promote morale for the inmate population because they are separated from their families.'  
Forcing staff to serve up these morale-promoting meals while denying them their paychecks and cutting short trips to visit their own families was 'despicable,' according to Eric Young, AFGE's national president of prison locals.   
'Imagine doing that at a time when you've got staff who can't put food on the table or put gas in the car,' Young told NBC News. 'You can imagine what that does to the morale' of the employees.  
Unlike the guards and other prison workers being impacted by the partial government shutdown, prisoners are still being paid by the government for working their prison jobs, including cooking food, mowing lawns and painting buildings. 
The partial government shutdown began after Democrats declined to give President Trump the $5.6billion he wants to build a border wall, offering up $1.3billion instead.
On January 4, Trump said that he would be willing to keep parts of the government shut down for 'months or even years' if he didn't get his wall money.

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