ometimes, the universe works in hysterical ways.
When Lawrence John Ripple was caught robbing a Kansas City bank last September, he told police he hoped to land in prison to escape his wife.
According to The Kansas City Star, Ripple walked into the Bank of Labor, a block away from Kansas City, KS police department and handed a note to the teller. It read, “I have a gun, give me money.” The teller handed over $2,924, then Ripple sat down in the bank lobby to wait for the police.
He told authorities he’d been arguing with his wife, so he wrote out a robbery note and told her he would rather be in jail than at home.
Instead of the thirty-seven months in prison he could have gotten, the judge sentenced him to six months of the most karmic sentence ever: home confinement.
Ripple was remorseful, had no previous criminal record, immediately returned the money, wasn’t actually armed, and had been suffering from undiagnosed depression after undergoing heart surgery, so the court granted him this lenient sentence.
The good news is that Ripple’s found the right medication. He’s apologized for what he’s done, and he’s back to feeling like his old self again.
Let's hope so, because he's super stuck with his wife now, probably until they look like this.
I’m glad things worked out for Mr. Ripple and his wife, though I’m sure six months of home confinement will be no picnic.
In the words of The Princess Bride’s great Valerie and Miracle Max:
“Think it’ll work?”
“It would take a miracle.”