Hostage released for pizza
April 14, 2008 4:54am CST
An Australian prison guard held hostage for two days was released after a ransom demand for pizzas was met. Up to 20 inmates at the Risdon Prison in Hobart, Tasmania, seized the guard in a protest over conditions in the maximum security jail. Initially they made 24 demands to authorities, but eventually gave up their hostage after agreeing to 15 pizzas, Coke and garlic bread instead. "At midnight, the final sticking point with the inmates was that they were requiring pizzas to be delivered. Our staff member was negotiated out with the delivery of 15 pizzas," Graeme Barber, Tasmania's director of prisons, told The Advocate newspaper. The guard is recovering from his ordeal at home. Now that would be my kind of negotiation.