Crime And Punishment

So I steal $250K and have to spend 300 hours walking warm dry streets with a sign. Beats unloading 50 pound bags of sugar from an 18 wheeler for minimum wage.

HOUSTON (KTRK) — A man who stole money from crime victims stood on one of the busiest streets in Houston today to tell everyone he’s a thief. Daniel Mireles walked back and forth on Westheimer in front of the Galleria holding a sign. It read, “I am a thief. I stole $250,000 from the Harris County crime victim’s fund. Daniel Mireles.” A judge ordered the public humiliation as part of Mireles’ sentence. “I’ve been stopped by two gentlemen who don’t approve of me walking the street. This block right here,” he said. “They don’t approve of what I did, but they don’t approve of this.” Mireles must stand at the intersection for five hours every weekend for the next six years. His wife Eloise, a former county employee, was also convicted of theft in July. She’ll serve the same public punishment once she gets out of jail. (Copyright ©2010 KTRK-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

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4 Responses to Crime And Punishment

  1. Debbie says:

    Public humiliation is a great idea, but, he surely deserved to go to jail as well! Perhaps he did? The article says this was only PART of his sentence.

    • chichipaul says:

      Perhaps. Perhaps it was just time served. I’ve seen so many embezzlement cases recently where no jail time was give.

    • chichipaul says:

      Hey, Debbie! Why do you think someone who can steal $250K would care what people thought of them?

      It also seems to me that whether this person is walking the mean streets of Houston, Buffalo, or Toronto, and gets hurt either by accident or malice, that the taxpayers are liable for costs, if not more if the very act of putting him out there constitutes negligence w/ careless disregard for could (and did in this scenario) happen.

  2. Debbie says:

    To answer your first question, no, I don’t think they would care. As for the second question, yes, of course, the city would be liable. Life just ain’t fair, LOL

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