Source – A wild gang fight involving as many as 50 inmates on Rikers Island went on for nearly an hour, sources said Thursday. The violent melee was triggered over a grilled cheese sandwich, a jail insider said. Members of the Trinitarians, a Dominican gang, were upset their rival Crips were not letting them use a hot plate to cook the snack.
There’s a chance I’d thrown down over a grilled cheese sandwich even if I wasn’t in prison. I mean if it was a primo grilled cheese, that is. We’re talking half cheddar, half pepper jack, on white bread obviously. If I’m hungry and trying to get one of those into my stomach and someone gets in my way then yeah, I might toss a chair and start a brawl. But just imagine being in prison where things are like a million times more volatile? You got Crips, Bloods, Dominicans and Trinitarians all trying to melt themselves some cheese. Huge cheese bottleneck. Only a matter of time before a massive brawl breaks out. And it’s totally justified. On the scale of importance in jail, eating is pretty damn high. That and defending yourself from rape. Those are the two big ones.