A judge from the Hawaiian island of Maui has ordered an odd sentence to a man who pleaded no contest on Friday to violating a protection order. That order was supposed to stop him from contacting his ex but instead he allegedly sent her 144 “nasty” text messages and calls, according to the Associated Press. So, as punishment Judge Rhonda Loo ordered Daren Young, 30 to write 144 compliments about his ex-girlfriend.
“For every nasty thing you said about her, you’re going to say a nice thing,” Loo told Young in court. “No repeating words.”
The Maui News reports that Young received two years of probation, $2,400 in fines and 200 hours of community service in addition to the having to compliment his old lover.
“It’s so childish to think a grown man can be so thumb-happy,” Loo said.
Young’s previous girlfriend sought a protection order, which was granted in February. He was ordered not to contact her but that only lasted two months. Young allegedly called and texted the woman 144 times within just three hours, according to police.
“I don’t know whether I should cut off your fingers or take away your phone to get you to stop texting,” the unconventional judge told Young. “You probably shouldn’t get a phone, period. I hope she changed her number.”
Young told Loo he wants to move forward with his life. He promised not to reach out to his ex again.
“I’m not going to do it again,” he said in court, according to Maui News. “I’m ready to move forward with my life, help my mom, who had a stroke.”