Man gives jail cell 3 out of 5 stars in a TripAdvisor-style review

On your next trip to jail, be sure to check out the reviews. A man who was being held by the West Midlands Police in Birmingham, England, recounted his 16-hour stay in one of the custody cells at the Perry Barr station in a letter that was later posted to Facebook by the clearly flattered police department. The 24-year-old man, who was being held for “criminal damage” at a property in Erdington, was pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness of his cell and politeness of the staff.

Once in my cell, I was pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness and décor … neutrally decorated to please all parties but done to a high standard.

Excerpt of review

However, he did spot a hair on the toilet in his cell and mentioned that his neighbor kept screaming swears during his stay, so he unfortunately had to give the police station three out of five stars in his review. The persnickety “guest” also mentioned that cups of tea could have been provided in a more timely manner. At the end of the note, the reviewer maintained his cordial tone and thanked the station staff for providing him a pen and paper.

The reviewer has been very complimentary about the facility and staff … but I think he’s been a little harsh by awarding it just a three-star rating.

Chief Inspector Paul Minor, West Midlands Police criminal justice manager