Sometimes, the justice system really does get it right! When a court case came before a judge in Hawaii, she heard out the case before deciding that the best way to solve the problem wasn't jail time, but by encouraging the right behavior.
So when Daren Young came before the court house on charges of harassing his ex-girlfriend, Judge Loo decided that there was a better way to fix the problem; with kindness.
Young was ordered to stop contacting his ex-girlfriend back in February of this year, however he recently went on a spree of messages where he called and texted her no less than 144 times in 3 hours.
Therefore, in a clever tit-for-tat, Judge Loo ordered that for every hateful message that Young sent to his ex, he must write a genuine compliment to make up for the damage he caused.
“For every nasty thing you said about her, you’re going to say a nice thing,” said Loo.
When the judge gave her sentence, she was surprised by the way the defendant responded to his punishment.
As she handed out the compliment quota, Judge Loo also capped the amount of days he has to write them at 144.
When Darren Young heard the sentence passed he told the judge that he is a changed man and will comply with the courts decision, saying he has now begun to move forward with his life.
"I don't know whether I should cut off your fingers or take away your phone to get you to stop texting," Loo said. However, she said she believes that the defendant has changed, and thinks the unusual sentence is better than further jail time.
Along with the 144 compliments, Young will pay a $2,400 fine and perform 200 hours of community service.
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