Don’t you hate it when you do something that you didn’t have to?
Like showing up for class and the professor didn’t even take attendance.
Well, a New Yorker from Queens did something he didn’t have to, only it sucks a lot more than showing up to class.
Aitabdel Salem spent about 5 months doing time in jail, completely unaware that his bail was only $2.
The 41-year-old was arrested Nov. 21, 2014 in connection with an attack on an NYPD officer, who stopped Salem on suspicion of shoplifting.
So yea, the guy was a bit of a troublemaker, but still.
Salem’s bail was originally set at $25,000 but he was released a week later when officers failed to get an indictment.
But, Salem’s minor criminal record was catching up to him, because he still had two minor offenses including tampering with a cash machine that the judge set bail at $2.
Do you know how many things I could buy with two dollars?
Not a whole lot, but for the price of a piece of pizza, two dollars could set a man free.
That sounds like a pretty sweet deal, but unfortunately his attorney at the time did not inform him of that minor, life changing detail.
“[Salem] was shocked and dismayed and frustrated that his case was unconscionably mishandled and there was no communication by his attorney telling him his bail was $2 which he could have made at any moment,” Glenn Hardy, his new lawyer, said at a recent court hearing.
And the cherry on top is that Salem spent his 5 months hard time in the infamously dangerous Rikers Island prison, where nine suicides and 15 health-related deaths have occurred in a five year span, not including the prison guard brutality and overcrowding also known to occur there.
Just to give you an idea, Rikers Island is responsible for essentially “baking a man to death” in a jail cell that overheated to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
rikers island prison
At least they have a nice view.
Also, it only has 2 stars on Yelp, so yea, not ideal.
rikers island yelp
Nevertheless, keep your head up Salem, and maybe stop committing dumbass crimes while you’re at it.