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    Sri Lanka's Hangman Quits After Seeing Gallows

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    A newly hired hangman has walked off of the job at a prison in Sri Lanka, prompting officials to once again review application.

    A newly hired hangman has walked off of the job at a prison in Sri Lanka, prompting officials to once again review applications.

    He only lasted a week, but at least he made it to work.

    Before him, the two others who’d been offered the post didn’t show up at all.

    The man who did show up decided the job just wasn’t for him after seeing the gallows.

    In light of the incident, the prison has decided to switch up its training schedule.

    Rather than waiting until the end of the initiation period, going forward they’ll be showing the new person the execution site first thing.

    The job as of late has been primarily an administrative one as there hasn’t been an execution in the predominantly Buddhist nation since 1976, but there is the chance that the duties could change.

    A recent spike in crime has some calling for the practice to be resumed.

    In addition to large number of prisoners currently sentenced to death, the possibility that more may soon join them is good.

    Cases involving murder, drug trafficking, rape, and child abuse have seen dramatic increases.