OC Inmate Uses Festivus to Score Kosher Meals

A Festivus for the rest of us, inmate

By Olsen Ebright
|  Tuesday, Dec 14, 2010  |  Updated 1:12 PM PDT
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An Orange County inmate looking for a Festivus miracle, got his wish this year.

Malcolm Alarmo King, a convicted drug dealer, was reportedly unhappy with his meals at Theo Lacy jail in Orange. The 38-year-old wanted kosher meals, a healthier alternative to the standard cuisine, salami.

So he turned to "Seinfeld," and claimed religious affiliation with the fictitious holiday of Festivus, the Orange County Register reported Monday:

County Counsel researched Festivus, arguing the holiday was the creation of writer Dan O'Keefe to celebrate his first date with his wife in 1966. The holiday was introduced to the world by his son Daniel, a screenwriter for Seinfeld, who wrote it into the show.

Festivus, featured in the 1997 episode "The Strike," is celebrated with the "Airing of Grievances" and the "Feats of Strength." The faux holiday is honored by fans of the show on Dec. 23.

Sheriff's spokesman Ryan Burris told the Associated Press that King enjoyed salami-free meals for two months.

He has since been transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is awaiting deportation, the Register reported.

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