Ohio Retiree Decides To Try Jail Instead Of Fine


UPDATED: Sunday March 10, 2013 4:45 PM

A 71-year-old retired teacher decided to learn about jail life firsthand.

He didn't think it was too bad; in fact, he says he "had a good time."

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports  that Obie Cargile has been checking off items on his "bucket list," visiting museums, natural landmarks, roller skating and running marathons. When he was cited for improper brake lights, he decided to try something else new.

Rather than pay a $160 fine he considered unfair, he said he would take three days in jail. He says now that it was worth it.

He says he shared a tiny cell, but had a clean cot to sleep on and was treated with respect by fellow inmates.

And, he says, he gained insights into the legal and jail systems.

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