A Hawaiian judge on the island of Maui has handed down an unorthodox sentence to a man who violated a protection order against his ex-girlfriend.
Judge Rhonda Loo ordered Daren Young to write 144 compliments about his ex-girlfriend, in response to the 144 “nasty” text messages and calls that he is accused of sending her.
“For every nasty thing you said about her, you’re going to say a nice thing,” Loo told Young. “No repeating words.”
Young, 30, received time served for spending 157 days in jail before being sentenced.
Besides being told to pay the compliments, he also received two years of probation, $2,400 in fines and 200 hours of community service.
Young's ex-girlfriend sought the protection order in February, where he was ordered not to contact her, including by phone.
But two months later, Young called and texted her 144 times within a three-hour period, police said.
“I don’t know whether I should cut off your fingers or take away your phone to get you to stop texting,” Loo told Young.
“You probably shouldn’t get a phone, period. I hope she changed her number.”