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Monday, April 21, 2008

The Glad-Eye Gets Man Prison Sentence

An Italian man has been sentenced to a fine and 10 days in prison (suspended) for giving a woman the "Glad-Eye."

On at least two separate occasions, the man and woman traveled on the same train. Both times, the woman claimed the man stared at her intently and the first time, he sat too closely. Eventually, she filed a police report against him for sexual harassment.

While the man's lawyer said he would appeal the decision, forcing the court to explain it, I can definitely see this. Whether or not the man's stare had sexual overtones, intently staring at someone in general is downright rude and far too many people do it nowadays - apparently as much in Italy as in America.

Just the other day, the ambulance arrived in my neighborhood. I, along with the rest of the neighborhood, stood outside to see what was going on - a natural thing. Soon, no fewer than four police cars pulled-up. The policemen entered the residence, came back outside and put on plastic gloves, then re-entered the house. I was standing on the balcony directly outside my front door, which was open. Mind you, neighbors throughout the neighborhood were also outside, watching the events unfold. Yet, one of the policemen came outside the house, noticed me and began staring me down!

There is no reason for him to have done so - excepting that the Decatur County, TN police have been harassing me incessantly for over two years now - and it was an obvious and intentional act of provocation, as well as an attempt to terrorize me. Obviously, I have encountered this behavior from others, in other situations; it has become all too common in modern times.

Intently staring at someone, whether your intention is to provoke, intimidate/terrorize, or connote sexual attraction, is completely inappropriate behavior, though to what extent, I could not say. I consider it more a form of terrorism than assault, but I think a valid argument could be placed for either interpretation. Given the scant details in the report, I think the court's decision was fair.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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