Can you imagine a minor offender being sentenced to listen to the kind of music they most loathe?
This is what has just happened to repeat offenders for playing their stereos too loudly or disturbing neighbours with band practices in Fort Lupton, Colorado.
Judge Paul Sacco said that, after noticing the usual practice of fining these offenders was not proving to be a deterrent, he decided to try something new and give them a dose of their own medicine making them listen to his musical selection at high volume for one hour.
Offenders have to face one-hour sessions of listening to Barry Manilow or the theme tune from the children’s TV show “Barney and Friends” or ther uncool music. However if it turns out that many of the offenders happen to like a particular song, that tune is removed from the playlist.
Apparently, Judge Sacco’s unusual method is proving more effective than the former system of fines, since it has cut down the number of repeat offenders.
(taken from The Mail Online in November 2008)
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