One Hawaii man has a serious writing assignment ahead of him, thanks to a court order.
On Oct. 27, Maui 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo ordered Daren Young to write 144 compliments to his ex-girlfriend, in response to the 144 “nasty” text messages and calls that he allegedly sent her in a three-hour span, the AP reports.
"For every nasty thing you said about her, you're going to say a nice thing. No repeating words,” Loo told the 30-year-old from Kahului.
Evidently, Young’s ex had sought a protection order, which was issued Feb. 22, 2017. He was told not to contact her, including by phone.
Just two months later, Young sent the woman the 100-plus text messages and calls in a span of about three hours.
According to the Maui News, Young received time served for spending 157 days in jail. He was also sentenced to two years of probation, $2,400 in fines and 200 hours of community service, in addition to the unique writing assignment.
"It's so childish to think a grown man can be so thumb-happy," Loo said. Further, the judge was frank with her opinion of the harassment.
"I don't know whether I should cut off your fingers or take away your phone to get you to stop texting," Loo told Young. "You probably shouldn't get a phone, period. I hope she changed her number."
Moving forward, Young told the judge, he will not reach out to his ex-girlfriend again and will carry on with his life.