Thursday, August 13, 2009

Several Speeders Voluntarily Increased Their Own Fines

It was a gray October day during the Depression.

The men arrested for speeding sullenly waited their turn in court. Some slumped in the seats.

One sat hunched over, propping his forehead on his palms, staring at the floor. Another sat holding his hat, watching the judge.

How much will the fine be? How will I be able to afford it?

We didn't even have dinner last night.

I have no idea what we're going to do for Christmas--the two youngest are so looking forward to it.

Billy wants some ice skates. There's no way I can afford skates.

The "speeders were brought before Judge John H. Riopelle, suburban justice of the peace," noted the October 1, 1930 Ypsilanti Daily Press. "

"Instead of cash fines Judge Riopelle assessed the speeders so many pairs of shoes, explaining his reasons."

"Twenty-two children of the suburb of Ecorse, who couldn't go to school because their parents couldn't afford shoes for them, were entering classes today, each one shod in brand new footwear."

"Several speeders voluntarily increased their own fines."

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