"Urbana, Ohio - A defendant had a hard time facing the music.
Andrew Vactor was facing a $150 fine for playing rap music too loudly on his car stereo in July. But a judge offered to reduce that to $35 if Vactor spent 20 hours listening to classical music by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.
Vactor, 24, lasted only about 15 minuets, a probation officer said.
It wasnt the music, Vactor said, he just needed to be a practice with teh rest of the Urbana University basketball team.
"I didnt have th etime to deal with that," he said. "I just decided to pay the fine."
So, I'm sitting in the break room and I come across that article. I'll admit, I'm peeved and intrigued simultaneously.
The violation was a noise ordinance. But the sentencing almost screams 'musical superiority'. Now, personally, I'm a huge fan of classical music so I dont see this as a problem. Especially after looking into Ohio state minimum wage ($6.55) and finding that he would have only made $131 had he been 'working' during those 'wasted' 20 hours.
Creative sentencing, yes. But its more the reaction that is causing my mind to...wander. It almost seems like this comes down, not to a challenge of musical tastes, but a 'time value' problem. How much does one really value their time. With our society being one of instant gratification, would it make more sense to pay the $150 and go on with your life? Or make the sacrifice of 1 hour a day sessions (I did a little research and found that yes, he would have to go to a specific place to listen to the music, but it was not noted for what length per session so I'm reaching here)?