From the NY Post:
Forty thousand dollars for a can opener?
Something stinks in the city's jail kitchens, and it's not the food.
Jail officials have blown $200,000 on five can openers that were specially designed to digitally count lids and dispose them into a secure bin, out of the reach of inmates who could fashion the sharp metal scraps into shanks.
But the gourmet gadgets purchased in late 2007 are lemons, two jail insiders -- a cook and a supervisor -- told The Post.
"The cans get stuck and then it starts crushing the can itself," the cook said. "One actually caught fire. Not only are they broken, they are dangerous."
Also from the NY Post:
How much city agencies have spent on meals and snacks since Jan. 1:
Department of Education $1,551,679
Favorite Place: Bel-Aire Diner, 31-91 21st St., Queens (62 transactions)
Office of the Mayor $116,466.17
Favorite Place: Eli’s Bread, 403 E. 91st St. (62 transactions)
Administration for Children’s Services $61,791.98
Favorite Place: Baba’s Kebab House, Manhattan (64 transactions)
Department of Parks and Recreation $51,678.97
Favorite Place: Bronze and White Markets, Manhattan (33 visits)