'4.5 stars': Jailed woman sends card to prison guards after release

Nadine Carroll
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A woman arrested in Canada has sent a thank you card to police, ranking her stay in a cell out of five stars.

West Shore Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) posted an image of the hand written card on Twitter, writing they don’t often get thank you cards from people who “stay with them” but they appreciated the 4.5 star rating.

Without disclosing the person’s identity or reason for her time in prison Constable Nancy Sagger told outlet CTV News it was nice to know people felt taken care of when they are in custody.

A thank you card written to Canadian police from a former inmate.
A woman arrested in Canada has sent a thank you card to police, ranking her stay in in the correctional facility out of five stars. Source: Twitter/West Shore RCMP

“We were very impressed and happy with our review. The point here is that we do treat everybody with respect. Just because you’re in jail, you still have your rights and we’re going to respect that,” she told CTV.

Woman praises ‘helpful, kind treatment’ in jail

The card which also appeared handmade read: “I was nervous about staying with you guys during my trip to the island, but I wanted to let you know that I appreciated how helpful and kind everyone was”.

“Especially the four jailers who do a tough job and are often under appreciated by the people in their care.

“You make a difference. Thank you for your care and kindness while I was in your custody. 4.5 stars.”

a handmade and handwritten card from a person who spent time inside a Canadian jail cell.
Police were shocked to receive a handwritten, handmade thank you card from a person who had spent time in a cell. Source: Twitter/West Shore RCMP

Police said the response to the tweet was “overwhelmingly positive” and many believed it was a testament to the good manners of Canadians.

“My best laugh in a long time! Truly Canadian, 4.5 is very good - always leave room for improvement. Best police story I've seen in a long time, because being a police officer, is a really hard job,” one person responded.

“So Canadian,” another user agreed.

“It's Canadian propaganda,” one person joked.

Constable Sagger told Global News she agreed with the stereotype of Canadians being overwhelmingly polite.

“One thing that I found surprising that I didn’t even think of was a lot of people were mentioning that this was one of the most Canadian things they had ever seen. They were relating it to Canadian culture and I have to say I think that’s accurate,” she said.

The officer repaid the compliment telling local outlet Victoria Buzz most of the time she has spent with prisoners has been pleasant.

“In my experience as a police officer most of the interactions I’ve had with individuals in our custody are cordial,” Constable Saggar said.

“Of course you will get unhappy clients as well but I’d say the majority of people have calmed down by the time they are placed in a cell and the process has been explained to them.”

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