Penelope Soto, 18, thought she could get away with swearing at and flipping off the judge. But she learned the hard way that not every adult is as tolerant as Mom and Dad. The video has gone viral online.
Many are thanking the judge for setting a legal precedent in a legal grey area: You don't flip off a judge in court, especially when he is old enough to be your grandpa.
Soto was in court for a bond hearing before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat on Monday on a charge of possession of drugs, the National Post reports.
According to the National Post, the 18-year-old was full of smart quips, cheeky comments, derisive laughter all through the hearing. At a point the judge asked her if she was on drugs. She answered, "Actually, no."
The judge irritated with the girl's insouciance slapped a $5,000 fine on her and said "bye-bye." She waved pertly at the judge, saying "adios," and walked off, thinking it was over.
The judge noticing her lack of remorse called her back and increased the fine to $10,000.
For the first time in court that day, Soto was stunned sober and asked "Are you serious?"
Judge: "I'm serious, adios."
But she hadn't learned her lesson. She walked off giving the judge the middle finger.
The judge wasn't done with her yet. He called her back and asked: “Did you tell me to f— off? Did you say that?”
"Yes sir," she said.
Then he sentenced her to 30 days in county jail for contempt. He wasn't joking.
There is an African saying: A child who refuses to learn good manners the "soft way" at home, will learn the "hard way" away from home.
Hope she learned something.