suthrnrunt: bearded clamorer: [s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 442x628]I know a narcoleptic cab driver that looks just like this guyoh lord.... a narcoleptic cab driver.... how many time has he fallen asleep at the wheel?!
phalamir: Khazar-Khum: Considering the value of fabric at the time, plus the costs involved in making clothing/bedding/shoes, they were costing their victims serious money.Not really. Clothes weren't Walmart cheap, but neither were they luxury good either. Cloth production was the engine that drove the Industrial Revolution, and by the 1870s, they were churning the stuff out pretty steadily. For example, English cotton goods production was so large - and so cheap - that Bengal's native cloth industry totally collapsed, even as it was producing cotton for England. It was cheaper to transport the cotton to England, turn it into clothes, and then transport those clothes back to Bengal, rather than trundle the cotton down the road. And the British were systematically tax-raping the Bengali population at the same time, so these are not people awash in cash who are buying these clothes.Sentencing was most likely fueled by "the lesser orders must be punish'ed for their crimes because they are of inferior stock, and only a sound thrashing can inform their weak minds, constitutions, and moral fiber"
adamatari: I'm not sure whether these sentences are harsher or less harsh than today. Everybody goes to prison or gets hard labor, sure, but mostly it's over and done with pretty quickly. 14 days, 2 months, etc. Now they would probably all get a year of probation and a nasty fine. I think 14 days or a month is better than a long probation.I'd have to know more details, but it certainly seems (mostly) very fair, more so than today.
Oldiron_79: Yeah prior to the war on drugs© and the for profit prisons ™ felonies where only stuff like rape, murder, arson, armed robbery, and rape.
Oldiron_79: felonies where only stuff like rape, murder, arson, armed robbery, and rape.
RobSeace: Oldiron_79: felonies where only stuff like rape, murder, arson, armed robbery, and rape.What about stampeding cattle through the Vatican?
Basily Gourt: "Nineteen-year-old David Barron was a cabinetmaker who was convicted and sentenced to six months' imprisonment for stealing champagne"Don't steal from the rich!
Khazar-Khum: HotWingAgenda: Awful lot of people stealing clothes and bedsheets back then. Looking at what they were wearing, I'm not surprised.And yet, none were caught stealing soap.They were probably stolen from either their employers, or their neighbors. The girls are the right age to be employed as housekeepers for families of slightly better means, while the boys are about the right age to be employed as grooms, stablehands, and basic cleaners for a tradesman or shopkeeper. Considering the value of fabric at the time, plus the costs involved in making clothing/bedding/shoes, they were costing their victims serious money. It's not like they swiped a T-shirt from Wal-mart.
People_are_Idiots: I know I hate to be the one to point this out... don't they seem a bit... white?
doglover: Nice sentences. It would be nice for America to learn some leniency like that.
lack of warmth: Leniency? You do know a month in a 19th century jail is not like a month in 21st century jail, right? Those were the days of bread and water would be your meals, no running water for inmates and guards did not get in trouble for prisoner abuse. They held strongly to the 'harsh punishment will mean they won't do it again' rehabilitation program.
squibbits: Not a single drug bust. See how that works?
Harry Freakstorm: [s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 456x632]This is but a minor setback. Whilst in prison, I shall use my time constructively. I shall complete my plans for a steam powered arachnid perhaps five stories tall and I shall use this infernal device to hold ransom the intercontinental railroad. A kingly ransom of five million dollars should set me well. I shall then relocate to the sandwich islands where I can impress the locals as a willing army devoted to my cause. Yes. I think that introducing them to the wonder drug cocaine should be advantageous to me. With the islands, firmly in my grip, I shall set up a coaling station. Lure the navies of the Pacific in to using my facilities and when the time is right, replace some of their coal with deadly explosives. Once at sea, their vessels shall be rendered from within with a great loss of life. My sea and land going arachnids piloted by my cocaine fueled soldiers shall rule the greatest ocean of the world. I shall lay waste to the great cities of the coast and all shall tremble before my might. Yes. Then mommy will like me better than daddy.
IdBeCrazyIf: lack of warmth: Leniency? You do know a month in a 19th century jail is not like a month in 21st century jail, right? Those were the days of bread and water would be your meals, no running water for inmates and guards did not get in trouble for prisoner abuse. They held strongly to the 'harsh punishment will mean they won't do it again' rehabilitation program.That was more closer to the style of prisons of the Quakers, which meant 24 hour solitary confinement with zero time outside your cell, zero human contact as well. They had special ways to give you the food so even guards couldn't interact with you.Penance style punishment, which is why we get the word penitentiary when referring to prisons.
Harry Freakstorm: much wonderful nonsense
miss diminutive: Four months for stealing ale? How long does he get for sacking Winterfell?
Fissile: When clothes became too worn wear, the items were collected by "rag pickers"
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