Most people are aware of the concept that committing crimes will result in some form of punishment. There are also a number of people who think that most criminals will receive a generic punishment from the government that is proportionate to the crimes they committed. This is ideal, but it doesn’t always work that way. Yes, there are some people who literally get away with murder. However, there are also some people who have received harsh punishments for crimes that were pretty minor.
Since there are some cases in which people are severely punished for doing things that the general public doesn’t see as “that bad,” this could serve as a way to deter young people (and some older people) from engaging in a life of crime. Of course, there are some people who are still a little more daring when it comes to breaking the law, which is likely why strange and extreme punishments are often doled out to them.
Want to know what it could cost you if you steal something from your local gas station? Ever wondered what the punishment could be if you took a farm animal for a walk in your neighborhood? Here are 12 of the most bizarre punishments for committing crimes.
12 Listening to Music As Punishment for Disturbing the Peace
11 Arresting an Entire Courtroom Over a Phone
10 Five Christmases in Jail for Fraud
9 A Haircut for Harassment
8 Facebook Apology for Name-Calling
7 Knitting Sweaters for Slashing Tires
6 Picking Cotton for Traffic Violations
5 Tweeting for Online Offenses
4 Writing a Biblical Book Report for Driving Drunk
3 Marriage for Domestic Abuse
2 Prison Time for Charging a Cell Phone
1 Walking a Donkey for Vandalism
In December of 2002, Brian Patrick and Jessica Lange vandalized the nativity scene that was featured in front of Fairport Ohio’s St. Anthony Catholic Church. Both were 19 at the time, and stabbed the baby Jesus before scribbling “666” on the forehead of the doll. Early the next year, the two teens confessed to the crime. Their punishment was replacing the statue, and to lead a donkey through the streets of Fairport—similar to what Mary and Joseph did the night Jesus was born. Judge Michael Cicconetti stated that the punishment wasn’t to uphold religious ideals, but rather to punish the young people using public humiliation. Mission accomplished.
Sources: telegraph.co.uk, theweek.com
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