A COLORADO judge has sentenced people busted for noise pollution to one hour of listening to unpopular or unusual music.
Mostly young adult offenders were kept in a room and made to listen to Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You, Karen Carpenter and Barry Manilow with the volume up loud.
Most offenders, who were not allowed to eat, drink, read or sleep, found the punishment funny at first. But then the boredom set in.
"At about 20 minutes into it, I was trying not to fall a sleep," offender Luis Cano said.
Judge Paul Sacco, who carries out the punishment about four times per year, said the sentence fit the crime.
"When you have a person playing rap at extreme volumes all over the city, and they have to sit down and listen for an hour to Barry Manilow, its horrible punishment," he said.
Judge Sacco said his love for music and helping youth inspired the unusual sentence.
"It’s a punishment but it doesn’t hurt as bad as jail or (paying) a lot of money," he said.