Texas cancelled its last meal program after an inmate ordered two chicken fried steaks, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, a large bowl of fried okra, a pound of barbecue, three fajitas, a meat lover’s pizza, a pint of ice cream, and a slab of peanut butter fudge and didn’t eat any of it.
Texas abolished the last meal for death row inmates after a prisoner ordered a ten course meal including 2 chicken fried steaks, a triple cheeseburger and a pound of BBQ meat and then turned it down saying he wasn’t hungry.
The last meal is based on a superstition from pre-modern Europe. By accepting the last meal, the condemned was believed to forgive the executioner, the judge, and witness(es). This would prevent the condemned from returning as a ghost to haunt those responsible for their killing.
In 2007 Tennessee death row convict Philip Workman requested his last meal to be vegetarian pizza delivered to homeless people; it was denied.