A Michigan judge berated a 72-year-old man on Monday after he told her he had failed to keep up with the maintenance of his yard because his cancer treatments made him very weak.
In a video of the exchange, Burhan Chowdhury, of Hamtramck, Michigan, can be heard struggling to breathe as he explained his situation to 31st District Judge Alexis G. Krot.
“You should be ashamed of yourself,” Krot could be heard saying in the video. “If I could give you jail time on this, I would.”
She then issued him a $100 fine, adding: “You’ve got to get that cleaned up. That is totally inappropriate.”
The man’s son, Shibbir Chowdhury, 33, who appeared with his father for the Zoom hearing, spoke up to clarify that his father was sick and that the property had already been cleaned up.
“Do you see that photo?” Krot asked. “That is shameful. Shameful. The neighbors should not have to look at that.”