Your little sister always gets away with stuff because she's the cutest. And no one ever seems to catch that kid that keeps cheating on the chemistry homework. Kevin from the cubicle across the way is always sleeping on the job, but your boss always catches you if you even doze off. Sometimes, life just isn't fair. But these judges made sure that these people got their just desserts.
Victoria Bascom, 19, learned that sometimes life actually is fair, but not in a way that she wanted to. She took a 30-mile cab ride, but then didn't pay the $100 tab, stiffing the cab driver out of his money. She was charged with theft, and left in the hands of Painesville Judge Michael Cicconetti.
Cicconetti came up with a fitting punishment for her crime. The teen was forced to choose between 60 days in jail, or walking the amount of miles that she didn't pay for, which had to be done in under 48 hours. She was also made to pay the fine. She selected to forgo jail and put on her walking shoes - she walked about 20 miles in the allotted time period, which the judge deemed was okay.
Kaytlen Lopan, 13, and her friend were at a McDonald's one day, no doubt munching on a nice meal of burgers and fries with Lopan's mother, Valerie Bruno. They befriended a three-year-old girl, and, for really no reason whatsoever, chopped off several inches of her hair. Is this what kids are doing for fun these days? And no, this is not actual footage of the event, but we do think that every man bun ever should probably be cut off.
Lopan's initial punishment was "to pay restitution to the victims, spend 30 days in detention, and serve 276 hours of community service." But then the judge said that he would cut the community service by 150 hours if, right there in court, Bruno chopped off her daughter's hair. So she did. The three-year-old's mother, Mindy Moss, claimed that she had not cut off enough hair. So, in accordance, the judge ordered her to cut off more.
Fort Lupton Municipal Judge Paul Sacco has found an excellent way of cutting down noise violations in his district: make people listen to music that they don't like as a punishment. If we have to hear them all the time, they should suffer the consequences, right? They have to listen to the music in court for an hour, because he noticed that the young people who were showing up for the violations were repeat offenders who just paid the cash fine and walked out.
So, about four times each year, the offenders have to sit in a room and listen to old music that they don't like. Sacco often chooses Barry Manilow, an artist he is actually not adverse to himself. Video of the hour shows the kids looking up at the ceiling in boredom. They're not allowed to fall asleep.
One woman spent thirty days in jail for neglecting her horses for four months, which seems like a fairly ordinary sentence. The weird part? For the first three days of the sentence, she'll be forced to have a diet of only bread and water. "She's going to get more than her horses got," said judge Mike Peters.
The woman was also required to post blown-up photographs of the malnourished horses on the wall of her jail cell. "I want her to be forever reminded of what her conduct did to those horses," explained Peter. The horses were found in poor condition, with intestinal infections and skin conditions.
Judge Cicconetti is back at it again. Known for his more unusual punishments to have people pay for their crimes, this time he made a man dress up in a chicken suit. He had to wear the suit for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer, and while wearing the suit, warn others about his crime.
One woman abandoned 33 kittens in the cold in the middle of winter. Nine of those kittens died. This was also Cicconetti's case, and he made the woman spend a night out the cold for her punishment. "How would you like to be dumped off in the Metro Park at night, listening to the coyotes up on you, listening to the raccoons around you?" he said.
One thief in Kansas stole from a farmer. His punishment? He had to feed the farmer's pigs. "The easy answer is 'go to jail.' It takes more work on the part of the judge to come up with alternative sentences. We as a society are far better off if we choose one of those options as opposed to traditional jail," said Cicconetti on the case.
You know when you're stuck in traffic and you do kind of crazy things? One woman was stuck behind a bus, so instead of just waiting, she drove on the sidewalk instead. She was made to hold this sign in rush hour traffic. The sign more or less speaks for itself to explain her punishment.
In 2012, Tyler Alred, 17, crashed his pickup truck while driving his friends. His friend, John Luke Dum, 16, was killed in the crash. Alred had been drinking, but was not drunk. Still, he was considered under the influence because he was underage. Judge Mike Norman gave him some interesting conditions for a sentence that would keep Alred out of prison. Along with having to graduate from high school and welding school, he would have to attend church for the next ten years.
In 2009 a six-year-old went to traffic school. Did they get a speeding ticket? No, they just didn't buckle up their seat belt. The child's mother said that she buckled up her kid, but then got a ticket for failing to do so when the child unbuckled their own seat belt. She asked for help disciplining her child, and so they were sentenced to traffic school.