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Why Are People Reviewing Austin Jails On Yelp?

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This is fun! But also kind of sad. KUT has an irreverent take on the Yelp page for the Travis County Jail downtown. There are six reviews amounting to a one-and-a-half star rating, and most of them are just folks sending up their time in the pokey. But others are…revealing, and not necessarily of the Travis County Jails’ inner-workings. We’re peeling back layers of peoples’ lives.

For example, here’s a snippet from user Calico R.:

my only genuine offense was that my lisence had expired, and I explained to the cop how I had received a violation for parking in a handicap zone in MA when I lived in NY, that the charge and further fees were upwards of $1000 at this point and i had been working that night despite extreme exhaustion exclusively to remedy that.
I assumed the sobriety tests were somewhat of a formality, and, exhausted,, teeth chattering and violently shivering in the cold, i complied as best I was able. I was not allowed to approach my vehicle for a jacket, however, next thing I knew, an officer was scouring my purse. I wanted rto ask when I had consented them could search my things, but have previously been refuted with an explanation that my lack of consent constituted probable cause.

Calico’s previous reviews include a towing company and HEB.

And then there’s this poem from Imelda S., from 2009:

I have only been to visit an ex-lover not to stay overnight or anything.
Although the waiting is bad enough.
There are usually a bunch of really interesting stereotypes that go to visit their friends and family in jail.
I never plan to go back for any visits or overnighters.
If any future lovers get locked up for more than a couple of nights,
I mean for me to actually do the jail visitation thing
Its not worth the relationship
I promise.

But perhaps Don R. put it best in his review: “WARNING THEY TAKE AWAY YOUR IPHONE!”

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