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Anger Management?!? I Don’t Need….

It was Thursday yesterday and that means Criminal Court day. I dread this day. It means at least 5 hours of constantly checking bags and purses and wanding everyone that comes through the door. The pay is horrible and I can think of a million things I’d rather be doing, like cutting the grass. Did I mention I really hate cutting the grass?

As Court was winding down and the lobby was emptying the case of a young female was called. Now this woman had sat patiently all day with her mother and possibly brother waiting her turn to see the judge. They were calm, quiet and didn’t go in and out like most defendants to smoke.

The lady exits the court room and I watched her whole demeanor change. She’s obviously agitated and she begins to get herself worked up “Anger management? 16 sessions? That’s $25 a session”! This continues. “Just put me in jail! I’m not working I can’t afford 16 sessions I’d rather go to jail. Tell the judge!” As she continues to sit and stew awaiting for her paperwork she continues to mutter comments to this effect. “Where’s my paperwork? It doesn’t take this long!”

Now I don’t know the particulars of this young woman’s case but I can only guess there was some violence involved. Simple assault etc something of that nature.  Apparently the judge hit the nail right on the head with the classes though.

What I don’t understand is, is this the norm these days? People unable to keep themselves under control or is it that I’m constantly around the types of people that have no self restraint? Have people always been this way? I can’t remember people behaving like this in public when I was a kid. Did I just not pay attention?

I hope the classes work for her. She couldn’t have been more than 20 years old. She has a long hard life with the criminal justice system if she doesn’t learn to control it. Do I think the classes will work? Not one bit. I’m sure I’ll see her in court soon.

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