After keeping up with the news recently, it seems that a huge chunk of the population has some kind of fundamental logical disconnect between people who commit an original offense of some sort, and any follow-on penalties for not actually complying with the requirements of that first offense, be it coming to court, paying a fine, etc…
Person gets repeated speeding tickets. Person fails to pay tickets OR show up to court on the appointed days. Warrant is made for person’s arrest. Person gets arrested, loses job due to unauthorized absence from work.
People start crying and getting angry because “Person lost job because of PARKING TICKETS! How is this just?” Et-cetera, ad nauseam.
WTF? They weren’t hauled to jail because of their parking tickets. They were hauled into jail because they refused to pay them or to show up to court. It’s a totally separate second offense.
Then if you explain it, the same people start frothing about how having to you know, actually PAY a speeding ticket or actually show up to court is somehow intolerably onerous.
So I ask, what is the court system to do exactly? Let people opt out of penalties and court dates? Most places let people set up payment plans for that kind of thing already.