There's an old expression that warns to "let the punishment fit the crime," but we bet these 7 crooks weren't expecting their judges to take it so literally!
1. A cut for a cut
Teenage bully Kaytlen Lopan found herself in front of a judge after cutting off a toddler's hair with scissors at a local McDonald's. Judge Scott Johansen sentenced the 13-year-old to 276 hours of community service and 40 days in jail, but offered to lighten the sentence if Lopan's mom would cut off her daughter's ponytail.
Lopan's mom took his offer, and the judge kept his word, snipping 150 hours off the sentence. The young victim's mom loved the sentence, and actually complained that Lopan's mom didn't cut enough hair off!
2. Kiss and make up
Joseph Bray from Plantation, Florida was charged with domestic violence, but his wife asked Judge John Hurley to go easy on them, saying that she wasn't hurt during the incident, or afraid of her husband.
To make up for his bad behavior - which all began after Bray forgot his wife's birthday - the judge ordered him to dress up nice, buy his wife flowers and a card, and then take her to dinner. "Get dressed, take her to Red Lobster," he said. "And then after they have Red Lobster, they're going to go bowling." Along with the date night, Bray was ordered to get counseling.
3. "Can't Smile Without You"
Judge Paul Sacco from Fort Lupton, Colorado came up with a creative way to cut down on noise violations: giving rule-breakers a taste of their own medicine.
After the noise violators forced their neighbors to listen to their music (usually rock and roll or hip hop) the defendants were forced to listen to some of Sacco's records at full volume for an hour.
Some of his favorite songs included nursery rhymes, TV theme songs and the musical stylings of Barry Manilow. Is he sure that's not a "cruel and unusual" punishment?
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