I’m definitely against deadbeat dads (and moms). If the law says you have to pay child support, you have to pay it. Period. End of story. If you don’t pay it? Go to jail.
But. I just watched this video of sheriffs in Lee County, Alabama, who caught a bunch of deadbeat parents. In order to serve them with their arrest warrants, the suspects had been sent letters indicating they had won tickets to the Iron Bowl — the annual Alabama/Auburn game, which is one of the fiercest rivalries and most heated games in college football.
Upon arriving at a celebration in their honor in which people are there cheering them on for their big “win,” and in which news crews appear to be present, each deadbeat parent is then ushered into a private room (accompanied by video cameras) and told they are under arrest for owing child support. In one case, a stunned, docile-looking man with bad knees is “restrained” by no less than eight deputies.
Here’s my question: Is this the best use of the sheriff department’s resources? If they had the mailing addresses to send off the letters, couldn’t they just have showed up at their homes to arrest them instead? Why the elaborate (and probably expensive) ruse? If the grandstanding was to send a message to other deadbeats to pay up or make other people think the sheriff’s office is being spectacularly proactive, I think it had the opposite effect, as I just feel really, really bad for the ticket “winners.”
Check out the video and decide for yourself if the Lee County Sherrif’s Office is brilliant or cruel:
Image + Source: OANOW.com
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