When a teen gives a judge the finger, they should expect to go to jail. That is exactly what a Florida teen did and the judge sent her straight to a cell. According to a report from Tuesday (Feb. 5), Penelope Soto was in front of a judge to deal with being arrested on drug possession charges.
What happened appears to have been a back-and-forth conversation between Soto and a judge that had grown tired of her behavior. It started with Soto flipping her hair, laughing at the judge, and dodging questions. That was enough for Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat and he gave her a $5,000 fine. Soto wasn't done making a spectacle of herself, though, and she continued to antagonize the judge.
The first fine didn't stop her flippant remarks and neither did an additional $5,000 fine he gave her. When he told her that he was serious about the $10,000 in fines, she extended her middle finger, leaving the judge no choice but to really level a harsh punishment against her. He sentenced her to 30 days in jail for contempt of court, which doesn't even take into account time she might face for the drug charges.
This teen decided to give a judge the finger and he calmly responded by giving her a nice vacation in lock-up. If his response wasn't a lesson to everyone else about how they should behave in court, then nothing else will ever serve as one.