Once upon a time in Houston—where you can shoot an arrow in the air…and it’ll stick— there was a judge named Ted Poe, who used to give out extremely creative sentencing. He was of the mindset that humiliation was as much a part of the punishment as paying a hefty fine, serving time and having the stigma of the word “felon” attached to your bio-turned-rap sheet.
During Judge Poe’s tenure on the bench, it was rather commonplace to see a guy standing on a busy street corner or in a very public place–such as by one of the entrances at the famed Houston Astrodome wearing a large sandwich board and on the front and back it would say something to the effect of, “I’m Fred Smith, a Houston architect and I beat my wife”.
More often than not, a Constable or a court appointed over-seer would make sure the offender didn’t budge from his spot. If he was ordered to stand there throughout an Oilers game at the Dome….HE HAD TO STAND THERE THROUGHOUT AN OILERS GAME AT THE DOME!!!
Judge Poe received recognition from all over. He was even on “60 Minutes”. Everyone it seemed, applauded the judge’s creativity. We LOVED IT!!!! I know I did. Humiliation always kept me from doing the same dumb shit thing twice.
Except for relationships.
But that’s another post…
Speaking of creative punishment, take a look at this young lad holding a sign.
I don’t know where this was photographed—not sure of the city, but it’s obviously a cue taken directly from now Congressman Ted Poe’s philosophy of dispensing just and fitting punishment.
Take a closer look at the sign.
This young lad is getting the lesson of a lifetime.
And in his particular case, who’s the person administrating and overseeing the punishment?????
ONE VERY PISSED OFF MOMMA!!!!!!!!
Let’s hear it for Tough Lovin’ Moms who care enough to humiliate their children! Sometimes that’s the only way.
This woman is probably saving her son’s life….in more ways than one.