Dateline April 23, 2013 or within in a day or two…..
Reliable semi-sober sources in Paris France have confirmed that Race Officials will officially sanction use of the Medieval Punishment known as the, “Pen of Shame” for any and all infractions in the 2013 race. The “Pen of Shame” has been in use in the Tour of California for two years now, race officials there were quoted as saying that they grow so many fruit and vegetables, and in such great quantity, that it works in California perfectly.
Larry Aschenbrenner a cyclist that was recently punished in the “Pen of Shame” in Champoeg Oregon said it was the most degrading disgusting gross thing in his life, and that he definitely will always wear his cycling helmet, the infraction that he was being punished for. Bob Grant one of the cyclists that helped apprehend Mr. Aschenbrenner also said that it was great fun to throw the rotten produce at Mr. Aschenbrenner as he ran around in The Pen of Shame.
The Pen of Shame will apparently be set up each afternoon in the closest village to the days Tour de France finish, local feed stores have donated barb wire, concertina, and a generator for the electric wire at the top of the fence. For an in depth discussion of the Pen of Shame a short story describing it’s use in Oregon recently is quite helpfull. Local farmers will donate the produce that locals can hurl at the occupants of the Pen.