Recently a Maui Judge in Hawaii has gained some attention for passing a somewhat unorthodox sentence for one of the defendants in court. The young man had been accused of harassing and bullying behaviour to his ex-girlfriend, and breaking her protection order that served to keep her safe. Part of his bullying behaviour included his sending of 144 separate texts filled with aggressive and profane insults directed at his ex-girlfriend.
Normally a judge would just put the guy in prison for violating previously established rules but he had already served his jail time prior to the case so Judge Rhonda Loo came up with a more… unique punishment.
The (not very nice) man was ordered to write 144 separate ‘nice’ things about his ex-girlfriend, without ever repeating a word. Each ‘nice thing’ being a counter-point to one of the ‘nasty things’ he wrote about her previously in his campaign of harassment. If you’re thinking this is a bit light for what could be deemed ‘dangerous and abusive behaviour’ then good news, he was also sentenced to six months of probation, 200 days of community service, and a fine worth thousands of dollars! If anything the 144 nice things are just the cherry on top.
The defendant was reached out to by the press and responded by letting everyone know that he just wants to move on with his life and forget the whole thing and will no longer attempt to make contact with his ex-girlfriend. Maybe it’s the lines he has to write, or maybe it’s the insane amount of internet attention this whole affair has gotten, but it’s nice to know something has gotten through to him.
But what do you think DigZoo? Do you think the punishment is serious enough? Or is it a clever and imaginative way to get thee message through to a man who’s already ignored a protection order? And we’ve all had some pretty crazy-ex stories, do any of yours come close to the mess-of-a-man in the article above? Let us know in the comments below!