Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Otis Hensley: Where Did All the Fun Go?

Otis Hensley Jr sits in a jail cell in Harlan, KY, imprisoned for the crime of being a jerk.

At least that's Hensley's side of the story.

Hensley was shopping at Don's Supersaver when he encountered a grandmother and two girls, ages 11 and 13.

According to Hensley, "one of the girls turned around and looked at me and smiled."

Then, Hensley responded by saying to the grandmother: "Maam, do you want to trade them girls for a good fattening hog?"

Hey, what a cut-up! Great sense of humor! Nothing funnier than trading a couple of girls for a very large pig. They do it all the time in foreign countries don't they?

Hensley claims he had already pulled that joke at the bank that day--and nobody objected.

But the grandmother did object and she went the girls' father who objected even more and Hensley ended up sitting in jail charged with "first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class B felony that can carry a sentence of 10 years to 20 years."


I imagine the grandmother has a different story.

But even on Hensley's account, the world isn't quite as tolerant of treating girls as the equivalent of pigs, cattle, and chickens anymore.

And that's a good thing.

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