A video that has been circulating on social media platforms shows what appears to be a Chick-fil-A feast in a prison cell. The video, which was posted on, features an inmate allegedly in a US prison.
The possibly transgender inmate shows off a large spread of alleged Chick-fil-A items, including sandwiches, nuggets, fries, salads, sauces, and cookies. The person also has boxes of M&Ms and bottles of Shasta Soda, a brand of soft drink popular beloved by many.
The video has sparked curiosity and disbelief among viewers, who wonder how the person managed to get such a lavish selection of fast food in prison. It’s possible that the person did not actually have Chick-fil-A food, but used the boxes and wrappers to disguise food from other sources.
In prison there is a practice called “spreading”, which is common among inmates who want to create more variety and flavor in their meals. Spreading involves mixing and heating various ingredients from the prison commissary or cafeteria, such as ramen noodles, cheese, tuna, crackers, chips, and condiments. Some inmates also trade or barter for items that are not available in the prison, such as candy, soda, or spices.
Spreading can be seen as a form of creativity and resistance among inmates, who use food to cope with boredom, stress, and deprivation. It can also be a way of expressing identity and culture, as inmates create dishes that reflect their preferences and backgrounds. Some inmates even share their recipes online or in books, such as “Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars” by Clifton Collins Jr. and Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez.
When you take that into consideration it makes the Chick-Fil-A in prison video that much more surprising.
The footage also highlights the role of food in prison culture and society. Food can be a source of comfort, pleasure, and connection for inmates, but it can also be a tool of control, punishment, and exploitation by prison staff.
Food can also reflect the social status and influence of inmates within the prison hierarchy, as some have more access and resources than others. Everyone knows that Chick-Fil-A lemonade hits different.