Violate Noise Ordinance In Fort Lupton, Get An Earful
Of Barry Manilow, Barney, and other offbeat musical genres that may appeal to others, but definitely not to the hip, under-30 crowd busted for playing their music too loud (video):
During the full hour of punishment, they were not allowed to chew gum, eat, drink, read or even sleep.Sounds like a good punishment--sentenced to hear loud music of a type that you might not like, just as you had subjected others to the offensive sounds of loud, obnoxious musical noise.
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Judge Paul Sacco carries out the punishment about four times per year. He said he believes the sentence fits the crime.
"When you have a person playing rap at extreme volumes all over the city, and they have to sit down and listen for an hour to Barry Manilow, its horrible punishment," he said.
Sacco said his love for music and helping youth inspired the unusual sentence.
"It's a punishment but it doesn't hurt as bad as jail or (paying) a lot of money," he said.
The judge also said there have been only a few repeat offenders of the noise ordinance law. This type of punishment for the city has been around since the 1990s.