Cook facing charges for licking parole officers’ sandwiches

I’ve gone through the ritual of meeting with the PO (parole officer) a couple of times over the decades. I learned it was best to keep quiet and never question stupidity.

Yolanda Arguello, a 59-year-old who was working at the South Valley New Mexico Women’s Recovery Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, would secretly lick the sandwiches she would serve to probation and parole officers.

“She’s accused of licking the cheese on sandwiches, serving ice dropped on the floor, and even sucking on an ice cube then spitting it into an officer’s cup. … She faces three counts of battery on a police officer.”

Arguello’s colleagues turned her in after they say they witnessed the gross food prep.

According to a criminal complaint posted by The Smoking Gun, one witness supposedly overheard Arguello say, “I don’t work for Probation/Parole, I don’t have to serve them. I will show them who is special, better than others.”


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