I've heard of former prison inmates committing crimes so they can go back to prison for medical care, but going back for the food is something else.

A jobless Taiwan man who has been out of prison for two years asked police to send him back to prison so he could eat, according to a Reuters story.

Taiwan is in a recession, but it must be a lot worse than America's recession.

The 45-year-old convicted arsonist was found lying on a street in a Taipei shopping district and was nostalgic for the 10 years he had served behind bars. He had also contacted police separately with the same request, a police spokesman told the China Post newspaper.

Police brought him a boxed lunch but declined to send him back to prison.

"We advised him to keep looking for work," the police spokesman said. "I don't know why he can't find a job. Maybe employers think he's not suitable or that he's too old."

Or that he might burn their business down.

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