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* In the United States, downloading a movie off the Internet results in five years in a federal prison and a fine of $250,000.
* OlderThanDirt: the ancient civilizations of the past knew initially only one punishment: ''capital punishment''. [[AllCrimesAreEqual For. Any. Crime.]]
** It is widely held by modern historians that the Lex Talionis ('an eye for an eye') arose as a way of ''limiting'' retribution, which otherwise could cause an [[CycleOfRevenge escalating cycle of vendetta.]]
** Poked fun at by ''AmericaTheBook'', which described the Code of Hammurabi as refining the legal system from 'I will kill you' to 'I will kill you if you do one of the following 262 things'.
** A lot of older misogynist societies can seem like this in their treatment of women (though mainly because to think of some of the things they could be punished for as "crimes" seem absurd today). In Ancient Greece (though just to what extent varied between different cities), it was pretty much a death sentence for a woman to do ''anything'' other than StayInTheKitchen. An ordinary woman could legally be punished by death for something as mundane as ''watching the Olympics''. similarly, in the Elizabethan period, women could legally be executed simply for acting in a stage production (given this it's actually a wonder Shakespeare wrote so many memorable female characters).
* '''A quick note on the many news stories below''' - many of the news stories are reported and written on OneSideOfTheStory. A story about a person killing another over a cookie [[TropesAreTools is an interesting news story that people will stay tuned in to watch]] - what is rarely reported is if these two people had long-standing issues leading up to [[WaferThinMint this particular incident]]. This doesn't detract from the trope though - murder is still a pretty disproportionate retribution for pretty much anything.
* A woman murdered her teenage son and daughter for mouthing [[http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/01/29/florida.children.killed/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn off at her]].
* A boy who was given nothing to drink as punishment for wetting the bed died from dehydration. [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/jonathan-james-10-dies-fr_n_943168.html Seen here.]]
* A 3-year-old girl froze to death after her mom and her mom's boyfriend locked her in a bedroom and left the window open when it was ''minus 30 degrees'' outside. Her younger sister was also punished in the same fashion, but thankfully did not die (but she did suffer from hypothermia). Why did the girls receive such fierce punishment? [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/04/alaska-girl-locked-freezing-bedroom-dies_n_1319634.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk1%26pLid%3D140492 They wet their beds.]]
* Wasps. They will sting you if you make them angry. Unfortunately, unlike their relative, the nicer-by-comparison bee, a wasp's stinger never breaks off, which means it will stab you repeatedly if it wanted to.
* In 1989, actress Rebecca Schaeffer was shot dead by her [[StalkerWithACrush stalker]], Robert John Bardo, simply because she told him not to come back to her house again.
* Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar was once kidnapped by pirates. What seemed to offend him most was the way they treated him- not too bad, but not as well as he thought they should, and he actually spent a lot of time bossing them around. One thing that really annoyed him was the fact that they asked for a ransom for his release- he thought the ransom was too ''low'' and demanded they raise it. He promised that when he got free he would kill every last one of them... and he did. As soon as he could he mustered up a force that captured them all and then arranged to have them crucified. The local governor thought this was a bit harsh and lessened the sentence to slavery, but Caesar went behind the governor's back and oversaw the crucifixions personally. As an act of mercy, their throats were slit. Generally speaking, Caesar was forgiving of Roman enemies, but non-Roman citizens who he felt slighted him were in for a world of pain. The pirates were out of luck because they were pirates. Piracy was a serious problem in Caesar's day so he would have killed them anyway.
* Some sources say that Empress Livia (the wife of Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome) made it illegal, and punishable by exile or death, to say nasty things about her.
* There is a story about George Gordon, the Creator/LordByron, that when he attended Trinity College, they wouldn't let him bring any of his pet dogs. So he brought a '''trained bear'''. Imagine Byron coming back from his winter break, ''riding'' [[IncrediblyLamePun bearback]] through the gates and off into the sunset...
* Unfortunately real. In Thailand, it is a crime to insult, threaten, or defame the monarch, Regent, or heir. A Swiss man was jailed for going on a drunken graffiti spree on images of the king (he was later pardoned by the king himself), and currently an Australian is facing up to 3 years in prison for writing a novel ''Verisimilitude'' that featured a fictional prince with marital problems. The passage was claimed by the judge to be slander in that it claimed that the royal family, ironically, was abusing its royal power.
** Not to mention said Aussie was writing for ''TheEconomist'' at the time. So what does the royal family do? ''Ban'' all sales of ''The Economist'', and also subtly suggest there's a ban on publicly showing past issues as well.
** In 2001, a youthful protester hit the King of Sweden with a pie. Instead of being charged with assault or a similar crime, he was formally charged with "Lese Majeste" Thankfully, this one is more a case of Disproportionate Charges than Disproportionate Punishment, since the punishment was a $300 fine.
** In 2007, a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5SQlVK9yL4 video]] appeared on Website/{{Youtube}} that mocked King Bhumibol Adulyadej by depicting him as an ape while the Thai national anthem plays, the final scene showing a pair of feet over a photograph of his face (feet are considered unclean in Thailand, and for the soles of one's feet to face another person is a rude gesture; Thais usually sit with their feet pointing away from others). The video was deemed insulting to the king, and after members of the military junta governing Thailand claimed that the video was an attack on both the country and the monarchy, [=YouTube=] was blocked from all Thai [=IP=] addresses, as well as several of the blogs reporting this story. Since then, [=YouTube=] has been unblocked, but only after the establishment of a national gateway to block all web content that insults the monarchy. The aforementioned video features text describing another case of DisproportionateRetribution after lèse majesté, described above.
*** Nearly the same thing happened in Turkey as well due to videos insulting Ataturk. Youtube was used to be banned there for that reason.
* Indonesia's drug laws were the subject of criticism for disproportionate retribution when Schapelle Corby faced the death penalty after being discovered with four kilos of dope, which she claims were planted on her. More than one country in Southeast Asia still maintains a death penalty for drug ''possession'', let alone actual trafficking.
** Prohibition in general has thrown out some shocking examples of this. In the USA, for example, there have been numerous cases of DEA agents shooting unarmed innocents dead during raids, and countless stories of people's futures being ruined because of a possession conviction in their youth.
* Some theories that this, through a serious warping of existing cultural values, helped enable the Khmer Rouge to commit genocide in Cambodia. In short, there's a long history of disproportionate retribution stories in Cambodian history (for example, one tale has a king ordering the death of not just the murderer but the murderer's extended family by up-to-the-neck burial and decapitation with a plow after the murderer kills someone who had impressed the king), and the KR won popular support for their rebellion by appealing to the view that those being killed had been complicit in keeping the common people down. Something along the lines of "They are the enemy, they have hurt you, so kill the hell out of them."
* There was a story in the news years ago about a man who felt that his wife hadn't given him enough sympathy when his father died, so he had a baby with her, waited a year or so to make sure she'd developed an emotional bond with it, and then murdered it. [[http://www.aintnowaytogo.com/born2Die.htm Here it is.]]
* Amputation is on the ''low'' end of the brutality of historical judicial systems. Before the creation of prisons in the 19th century, all punishments had to be instant - compensation, physical torment, execution, banishment, something in that vein. As well, a low regard for the fate of criminals led to punishments that most today regard as utterly barbaric - for example, '''at least 222 crimes''' carried the death penalty in Britain in 1815, including stealing an animal or cutting down a tree. Many nations that rely on Islamic law retain cutting off the hand of a thief as it's mentioned in the Qur'an.[[hottip:*:We should note that cutting off of the hand is defined as the most extreme punishment for theft in the Qur'an; there is currently an argument among scholars of Islamic law as to whether the advent of the modern prison makes even this too extreme. In general, people in countries with more authoritarian regimes tend to favor it, while those with more democratic ones tend to prefer prison; this makes a kind of sense, given that prison in most authoritarian countries in the Muslim world actually means at least starvation, and very often torture, being raped by the guards, and "disappearance".]]
* As detailed in BillBryson's book ''Down Under'' (AKA ''In A Sunburned Country''), Australian primary school history some of the unfortunates who were members of the first British penal colony in Australia were shipped off into a life of permanent exile for mindboggingly petty offences: stealing ribbons, a book, or few cucumber plants. Transportation was at the time also deemed equivalent in weight to a death sentence - any crime for which you could be transported was a capital crime. Criminal punishments were bizarrely disproportionate at the time: one jury famously refused to convict a man of stealing a silk handkerchief if it meant he would be transported or killed so found him guilty of a lesser crime instead - ''manslaughter''. (The fine was sixty shillings.)
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] at the time. Before the Victorian Era, the likelihood of catching criminals in a big city like London was so incredibly low that the punishments for the few caught had to act as a deterrent (Britain didn't even have a professional police force until 1829, around the time the penal code was reformed.
** And, in another place, [[JustifiedTrope justified]] or [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]: Bryson discusses the cliche of people being dealt serious punishment (deportation, imprisonment etc) for the theft of a handkerchief. As he points out, this is nearly always given as an example of just how disproportionate punishment could be in the 17th and 18th centuries. But in fact, as Bryson goes on, silk would have been incredibly valuable, even rich people able to afford only a small handkerchief. It would probably have been the most valuable thing some middle-class people owned outside of their house.
* In the Revolutionary War, four of the six Iroquois Nations participated in raids on various backwoods settlements, including one particularly nasty one at Cherry Valley. General GeorgeWashington's angry response? Send a division into the Iroquois land, kidnap every woman and child, kill every warrior, burn every Iroquois village, and listen to no pleas for mercy or peace until the land is ruined. It worked, and the Iroquois, once a frontier empire unto themselves, were finished as a military - or any other kind of- power.
* On a more personal level, the concept of Western dueling falls under this trope. Effectively, if a man felt his honor/lady/family/country/anything remotely attached to him was slighted (even on a scale that today we would find trivial), he was socially (if not legally) within his rights to challenge the offender to a fight to first blood, until honor was satisfied, or [[DuelToTheDeath even to the death]]. The duels usually involved swords or guns, but could also include other weapons, including bare fists. This remained legal in some countries until the late 1800's. There was even a book with rules on the subject (the Code Duello). It got so bad at times General Washington was forced to encourage his officers to refuse duels, as he was losing too many (officers). One of the more ridiculous examples had two Frenchmen, each in hot-air balloons, attempting to shoot down his rival's balloon with pistols.
** In those much of society was enforced by social pressure up to the point of ostracism. To falsely and knowingly call a woman unchaste or a man cowardly was in those circumstances the most malicious form of psychological torture. When looked at like that [[StrawmanHasAPoint dueling doesn't always look so bad]].
*** On the other hand the ostracism was often disproportionate in the first place.
* In August 1940, a German bomber missed the airfield it was intending to bomb, and dropped its bombs on suburban London instead. The British launched a retaliatory bombing raid against Berlin the next night, which killed 10 people. Hitler's response? 57 consecutive days of strategic bombing against London (and other cities to a lesser extent), killing more than 43,000.
** Ironically, this may have led to the German defeat in the Battle of Britain, as the switch from bombing airfields to bombing cities gave the RAF a much-needed reprieve from the enormous amount of pressure previously put on it in terms of aircraft, pilots, and airfields.
*** This was the plan, according to many historians. It was better than the alternative, given that Britain was losing the damn war at that point. As it was, Britain was literally at the end of it's ability to resist the Blitz when it stopped, having put the last replacement pilot and last reserve plane into battle on the last day.
** The Nazis often [[MisplacedRetribution killed many "hostages"]] if Jews escaped from the ghettos or concentration camps, or if partisans killed German soldiers, in order to show that such tactics would not be worth the human cost.
** When the British SOE killed Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi retaliation was brutal. About 13,000 people were arrested, deported, imprisoned, or killed. All males over the age of 16 in the village of Lidice, and another village, Ležáky, were murdered. The towns were burned and the ruins leveled.
** A similar event occurred in Telavåg, Norway. On April 26, 1942, after having discovered that some of the inhabitants the village were hiding two men from the Linge company (Norwegian Resistance) Arne Meldal Værum and Emil Gustav Hvaal, the Gestapo arrived to arrest the Norwegian officers. Shots were exchanged, and two prominent German Gestapo officers were shot dead. The Nazi response was to destroy all buildings, sink/confiscate all the boats, take all livestock, and execute all the males or send them to the concentration camp at Sachsenhausen. Of the 72 who were deported from Telavåg, 31 were murdered in captivity. Women and children were imprisoned for two years.
* A British schoolteacher teaching in Sudan faced forty lashes in 2007. Her crime? Allowing a class to name a teddy bear Mohammed. Thousands of protesters were demanding her ''execution''. Luckily the British government intervened.
** The really sick thing about that was the teacher didn't even name the bear after the Prophet - the bear was named after one of the kids in her class.
** As bad as this was, the event led to another form of disproportionate retribution. In short, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parodied this in their (in)famous "Mohammed" episode where, after making a big deal out of the Prophet appearing at all (Flashback: the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons), he shows up in a bear suit. The response from the Muslim world? Trey Parker and Matt Stone ending up on a Jihad website's hit list.
* [[http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/92681?fp=1 This story]] about a senior student being denied his diploma and by extension, graduation... only because he blew a kiss to his family.
* Griselda "The Godmother" Blanco would kill anyone and their families who owed her money, which the other drug lords found to be extremely stupid ("TheMafia would beat debtors half to death; they'd be in the hospital but still alive to pay the next time.")
* A firefighter tried to stop a man from riding his bike on a busy road with his three-year-old in the back seat. [[http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/200907270015/NEWS01/907270323 By shooting at him]].
** And in an inversion of the trope, his punishment? [[http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/man-gets-120-days-for-shooting-cyclist-in-the-head.html 120 days in prison]].
* A very alarming and unusual example happened in [[http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Central/06/05/bulldozer.rampage/ Granby, Colorado]], when one [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Heemeyer Mr. Marvin Heemeyer]] used steel plating and concrete blocks to convert a bulldozer into a ''battle tank'', complete with more than a foot of armor, video cameras so he could see what was going on from inside and semi-automatics to shoot stuff. He then took this new toy on a joyride, blowing up (among other things) the Town Hall, the office of the local newspaper that editorialized against him, and the home of a former judge's widow. He only stopped when the machine conked out and he committed suicide. The reason for this rampage? A concrete plant was going to be set up next to his business and he felt it would cause problems for him. The local authorities had been trying for years at that point to oust him from his property with underhanded tactics, including allowing the construction of a building that ''blocked off the main entrance of his store''. Still disproportionate, but it's less of a wonder the man eventually went bonkers.
** In New Hampshire, a man named Carl Drega went on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge for much the same reasons---years and years of being treated like a ButtMonkey by the local authorities. When some cops pulled him over for having rust holes in his pickup truck's bed, that was it... WhosLaughingNow
* In 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, traveled to Mississippi to visit relatives. There, he was kidnapped by two men, beaten, and shot. When his body was found, it was mutilated beyond recognition. What did he do to deserve this? He supposedly whistled at a white lady. Even worse, the killers were ''acquitted''.
* In the 1970s, a woman named Paulette Cooper wrote an expose critical of the Church of Scientology called ''The Scandal of Scientology''. The result? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Freakout A decade-long campaign of psychological terror culminating in a plot to impersonate Cooper and issue death threats in her name to Henry Kissinger.]]
* It's not always bad though. The creators of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' made "Cartoon Wars", a two-parter bashing ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' for being crap. Why? Because fans of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' would tell them that they were fans of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' too. That's it. Which is not even something that's within the control of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and its creators, right? People will like what they like. Although the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' staff would agree that the retribution was pretty disproportionate (considering their production schedule didn't allow for a proper and timely response), they (like everyone else) thought it was hilarious. They even have gone so far as to refer to cutaway gags as "manatee jokes" in reference to how ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' portrayed the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' writers.
** While the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' creators have affirmed that Cartman's rant against ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is in their own words, [[JustBetweenYouAndMe the tone of this speech]] and the overall plot of the two-parter takes for granted that ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is a good show that ought to stay on the air, with writers that cannot create in an atmosphere of censorship.
** [[http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/23/arts/television/23park.html Although Comedy Central caved]] when they found themselves the target of DisproportionateRetribution.
* A man in San Francisco believed that his sister and her husband were "too liberal, were raising their children wrong and because they hadn't invited him over for Christmas". His response? ''Murder them in front of their children, then try to adopt the kids himself.'' He still believes he was justified. The article is [[http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/10/14/BAL81A4SU0.DTL#ixzz0U6ujyC6b here]].
* According to [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.164218?page=1 this]] a graffiti tagger was sent to jail for '''eight years'''.
* The Emperor Yong Le, third Emperor of Ming China, usurped power from his nephew and asked one of the former Emperor's advisors to write his inaugural address in order to legitimize his rule. Out of loyalty to the deposed Emperor and staunch adherence to Confucianism, the advisor absolutely refused, in spite of threats to his well-being. Eventually, Yong Le made a rather extreme example of him and killed him, along with ''his entire extended family and all of his students and peers'', totaling nearly 900 people.
* In France during the Industrial Revolution, repeated smuggling of cotton textiles was a capital offense (the wool merchants union had a strong lobby)
* Are you a North Korean citizen? Do you want to leave the country and make a better life for yourself? Has a family member of yours left the country to try to make a better life for themselves? Do you think your students should have more time to study? Do you think that dump you just took looks like Kim Jong-Il's supposed birthplace, Mt. Baekdu? Have you been modifying the radio the state gave you to listen to South Korean soap operas? Well, guess what, your ass ''and two generations of your family'' are being sent to work for at least several years at a concentration camp. (People have been punished for every example mentioned, by the way.)
* A 12-year-old girl gets arrested, as in taken to the station in handcuffs arrested, in NewYorkCity for... [[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35257428/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/?gt1=43001 doodling on her desk]]. ''With an erasable marker.''
* In Littleton, Colorado, a 19-year-old was arrested because of an overdue DVD he hadn't returned to his local library. Story [[http://consumerist.com/2010/03/colorado-teen-arrested-for-overdue-dvd.html here]].
* [[http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/703413/Video-Game-Cheater-Stabbed-In-Head.html?utm_source=g4tv_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=TheFeed A 17-year old kid in China gets stabbed in the head by a group of gamers]] [[SeriousBusiness for cheating at Counter-Strike]]. He survived, fortunately.
* In the Philippines, a guy was shot [[http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/51274-man-shot-for-bad-karaoke for for being a bad karaoke singer.]]
** More common than you'd think. ''[[Music/FrankSinatra My Way]]'' is pretty dangerous when sung there, since it invites drunkards stabbing you for being terrible at singing it.
* Robert-François Damiens. Poor, poor Robert le Diable. Crazy guy, Catholic fanatic, a few cookies short of a jar, decided it would be awesome to assassinate Louis XV in 1757. His brilliant plan consisted of "go up to the royal carriage and leap out at ol' Louis le Bien-Aimé with a knife." Needless to say, the plan was flawed, and Damiens succeeded only in giving the king a scratch. He made no attempt to escape and was immediately arrested, tortured, and executed by the unbelievably gruesome French version of drawing and quartering, which hadn't been practiced since the Middle Ages and which even the king was loath to inflict; its name is deceiving, since it involves not only drawing and quartering (with a team of HORSES) but also torture with red-hot pincers, molten lead, burning sulfur, and burning at the stake. When Damiens heard what was going to happen, he said, [[ThisIsGonnaSuck "The day will be hard."]] After his death, his house was razed to the ground, and his family was banished from France.
* Turkey's Article 301 makes it illegal to insult the Turkish nation, culture, or governmental bodies. The government uses this to punish virtually ''anyone'' who states that Armenians have been victims of a genocide (namely, the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923, which would itself be an example of DisproportionateRetribution, if the Armenians had done anything wrong). Turkish citizens living outside of Turkey are punished ''more'' severely.
** Even more crazy when you consider the Armenian Genocide was mainly done by Kurds. They apparently have apologised and only just because of an EnemyMine gambit.
* Funnily enough, the laws for self-defence in the United Kingdom seem to prevent this in that it can only be classified as self defence if your defence was proportionate to (or less than) the attack: one could argue that you cannot run over a man who is attempting to punch you, nor can you call in an airstrike on someone coming for you with a switchblade.
** The law is quite a bit more complicated than that - for instance, a man was sent to jail for eight years for killing an intruder armed with a handgun (with a sword). However, the defendant in question was a cannabis grower and drug dealer, so the judge ruled that the motives for his own self-defence were not as worthy - he was clearly under the belief that he was part of "hit", and so since he was acting to preserve his own position in the criminal underworld, he received a far stiffer sentence. An ordinary householder in the same position would receive a much more lenient sentence (if they were sentenced at all). Ultimately, the proportionality of any self-defence is decided by a jury.
** The law has recently been changed to allow such force as you believe is proportionate to the danger you believe yourself to be in at the time - and because this is so subjective, you bet your arse it's being abused maliciously.
* In his book on the group, Hunter S. Thompson notes that this was a feature of the Hell's Angels private code of justice: total retaliation against anyone who messed with them. Also, if an Angel and a non-Angel are having a dispute, other Angels automatically side with the former. Thompson discovered this first hand when he told off an Angel for domestic abuse, saying "[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Only a punk beats his wife.]]" - they proceeded to beat him, ending his association with the group.
* ZD and ZT
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-defects_mentality Zero-defects mentality]]: [[http://mcnodoze.blogspot.com/2008/12/brett-favre-packers-and-zero-defects.html]], [[http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Zero-defects_mentality]], [[http://www.leanessays.com/2010/11/zero-defects-mentality.html]], [[http://www.targetprocess.com/blog/2009/03/zero-defects-are-you-kidding-me.html]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_tolerance_(disambiguation) Zero tolerance]]: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_tolerance]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_tolerance_(schools)]], SacredHospitality, TheExtremistWasRight, [[ValuesDissonance/{{Film}} Values Dissonance (Film)]]
* [[http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/education/12discipline.html Zero-tolerance]] [[http://www.foxnews.com/us/2009/10/16/school-chief-sticks-zero-tolerance-ruling-eagle-scout/ policies]] regarding [[http://www.thisistrue.com/zt.html weapons]] [[http://www.ketv.com/education/5027982/detail.html in schools]].
** Not just weapons, but also "drugs" in the loosest sense of the term. Students have been suspended for carrying such "dangerous substances" as aspirin, Midol, and '''mouthwash.'''
*** There is a case where a kid got suspended for carrying insulin. Or freaking labeled a drug dealer on their permanent record for [[http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/1997/10/01/968/lifes-not-so-sweet-yet-another-student-suspended-for-glucose-tablets/ glucose tablets]]. That's as dangerous as candy.
*** Zero Tolerance policies in general. On paper, it sounds fine, in a MakeAnExampleOfThem sort of way. Of course, in practice this only cultivates a ThenLetMeBeEvil mindset. If they're going to be severely punished for such a minor incident, what's stopping them from doing something actually serious? They're going to be punished anyway, so they go all out.
** Taken UpToEleven by two recent incidents: A seven year-old student was ''suspended'' because he, reportedly, [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2013/03/05/pop-tart-gun-suspension-seriously-folks was chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a mountain]] but then pointed it at another student and said "bang, bang" after noticing its resemblance to a gun and showing it to a teacher. In Florida, a teenager [[http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/03/04/fl-teen-gets-suspended-for-stopping-gunman-from-killing-classmate/ was suspended]] for stopping a student from shooting another on the bus to school. Why? He was "involved in an incident with a weapon." So not only are Zero Tolerance policies causing minor offenders to crank up the scale of their offense, but it's also ''punishing anyone who stops any major offenses from happening''!
* Colombian [[TheBeautifulGame soccer]] player Andres Escobar was shot dead upon returning home from the 1994 [[TheWorldCup World Cup]]. His crime: scoring an own goal.
** The Nigerian team of 2010 were suspended for two years by their country's FA for going out in the group stage (They lost to Argentina and Greece and drew with South Korea).
* In 1988, Salman Rushdie wrote a novel called ''The Satanic Verses'', which contained certain references that members of the Muslim community found offence. The official response from the Ayatollah of Iran was to issue a fatwa calling on 'every good Muslim' to kill Rushdie and his publishers. The overall result was Rushdie being forced to live in hiding under conditions of heightened security for over ten years and, while he has not to date been harmed, at least 38 people are believed to have been murdered in connection with the book.
** Similarly, in 2004 the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered in Amsterdam in broad daylight for having collaborated with Somali-born activist and MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the short film ''Submission'', which criticised the treatment of women in Islam. Hirsi Ali was forced to flee the country and to this day must live with police protection.
* Three-strikes laws. It's not disproportionate to sentence someone to life in prison for multiple serious criminal offenses. However, the controversy over what offenses are considered "serious" enough to merit such treatment leads to some strange seeming situations, especially if the third "strike" [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking is markedly less serious that the previous ones]] (being non-violent or involving victimless offenses). People have received third strikes (and XX-life sentences) for such things as shoplifting video tapes, refusing to pay an air-conditioning bill, and drug possession.
** Which can lead to the person committing a more deadly crime like murder or armed robbery, knowing that [[AllCrimesAreEqual no matter what they do for strike 3, they may as well do something extreme before going down]].
* [[http://kotaku.com/5550609/man-spends-six-months-plotting-murder-of-counter+strike-rival A French man spent six months plotting the death of a man who had knifed him once in Counter-strike.]] He eventually did stab him, but missed the heart by an inch.
* In the nonfiction book ''Try Not To Laugh, Sergeant Major'', one of the anecdotes concerns several British soldiers stationed in WestGermany during the '80s. After sneaking away from camp during field maneuvers for a pint, their reaction to having been arbitrarily denied service in a village's only bar by a bigoted tavernkeeper? To ram the muzzle of their Centurion tank through the bar's front window and then fire a blank charge, temporarily deafening everyone and shattering every glass and bottle in the bar.
* In Kentucky a man killed 5 people and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone himself,]] after an argument with his wife about his eggs for [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11274481 breakfast]].
* Most of the symptoms of the common cold are caused not by the virus itself but by the immune system overreacting to it.
* A 17 year old prankster threw eggs at a guy's Mercedes, the car owner's response? ''[[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39952045/ns/us_news-life/?gt1=43001 Shooting the kid ten times!]]''
* A woman in Michigan spent 2 years harassing a family culminating in her making light of a deceased woman and her 7 year-old daughter with Huntington's Disease because the girl's family [[http://crushable.com/other-stuff/update-is-jennifer-petkov-just-completely-irredeemable/ had not responded quickly enough to a text-message]] asking if the woman's children could play at a birthday party.
** News of the story reached /b/, resulting in the woman [[http://crushable.com/other-stuff/jennifer-petkov-makes-4chan-useful-apologizes/ receiving death-threats and having her house egged]]. [[http://crushable.com/other-stuff/abusive-detroit-woman-jennifer-petkov-arrested/ She was later arrested]]. Her husband also lost his job over the issue after /b/ users inundated his workplace with phone calls and messages about the subject.
* A woman once took a toy gun from a child because the child was bullying other children with it. The father of that child posted a video of it on Youtube. The backlash from this resulted in the woman's house [[http://www.theindychannel.com/news/22195342/detail.html being burned down.]]
* [[http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Chicago-man-wears-Packers-tie-to-work-is-prompt?urn=nfl-311976 A Chicago man is fired from his job for wearing a Green Bay Packers tie.]] SeriousBusiness indeed.
* A Youtube singer decides to, for laughs, edit a video of him singing to a group of children so it sounds like he's singing a not-so-harmless song. For some reason, now every [[MoralGuardians parent within a 5-mile radius]] wants his head, and he's been [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gweZ5GBmBjk&feature=player_embedded arrested and taken to court]], and is threatened with ''20 years in prison maximum.''
** He got 60 days, 2 years probation, 200 hours of community service, costs and fines, and has to stay 500 feet away from areas where children under 17 gather during this period. He's also ''banned'' from singing the song in question. [[http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2011/04/ready_to_edit_evan_sentenced_t.html]]
* In 2005, Robert [=McCartney=] and Brendan Devine were savagely beaten and stabbed by IRA members outside a Belfast pub; Devine survived, [=McCartney=] died in hospital the next day. The motive? One of them was accused of making a rude gesture to the wife of an IRA member.
* Thirteen record companies suing [=LimeWire=] asked for ''[[http://www.law.com/jsp/cc/PubArticleCC.jsp?id=1202486102650&Manhattan_Federal_Judge_Kimba_Wood_Calls_Record_Companies_Request_for__Trillion_in_Damages_Absurd_in_Lime_Wire_Copyright_Case $75 trillion dollars]]'' for copyright violations. This becomes even more ridiculous when you realize that it's ''more money than exists in the world'', and over 9 times the total amount that exists in US dollars. Naturally, the judge disagreed with the request and instead set a more reasonable penalty based on the number of infringed works instead of the number of infringements.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/DGm0Y.jpg Frogdad]]: The Ultimate in Parental {{Troll}}ing.
* A Khwarezmid Shah executed two Mongolian Ambassadors and a trade delegation. Ghengis Khan retaliated with the utter destruction of the Khwarezmid empire, razing several cities and committing some of the largest individual massacres in human history (and [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment executed the governor of the city where the trade delegation was sacked by pouring molten silver down his throat]]). According to Juvayni, 1.2 million were executed at Urgench alone.
** However, killing ambassadors ''is'' a common way to unambiguously declare war.
* A homeless woman faces [[http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110422/us_yblog_thelookout/homeless-woman-prosecuted-for-enrolling-son-in-conn-school a $15,000 fine and up to 20 years in prison]] for [[UnstableEquilibrium enrolling her son in a higher-income school district]].
* One eighteenth century Russian General had a habit of playing with this trope. When he was convinced a given officer was unusually corrupt he waited until that officer committed a petty offense - and then publicly busted him to private.
* In Sudan a woman gets jailed for [[http://youtu.be/Z2XApSgz-lk wearing pants]].
* Quoth {{Wikipedia}}:
-->"In October 2010, 22-year old Florida mother Alexandra Tobias killed her baby because he would not stop crying while she was playing FarmVille.
** There are quite a few stories of parents abusing or murdering their children for crying or doing something else typical of kids (not eating their food, wetting their pants, etc.).
** Although often when mothers kill their young children, it's because of postpartum depression, compounded with sleep deprivation and the fact that being incessantly subjected to loud piercing noises (such as screaming babies) is effectively used as torture in many places. So it's more DespairEventHorizon. (Of course, that's still no excuse)
* [[http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/08/mayor-vilnius-tank-crush-cars/ Guess how the Mayor of Vilnius plans to deal with illegal parking?]]
* Canada Geese ''will'' attack you if you get close to their nest. Or if they want food. Or if they feel like it. Or if they ''don't'' feel like it.
* Stung by a bee. The response? [[KillItWithFire Torch]] [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20110829/us-odd-beehive-gasoline-explosion/ the entire hive.]]
* A cop pulls a gun when his hummer gets pelted with snowballs, prompting the jovial mood at the time to turn downright ugly - [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8424836.stm Don't bring a gun to a snowball fight]]! More details [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8423705.stm here]].
* There was this promoter who tried everything they could to have [[Music/{{Metallica}} one band]] allowed to perform in India during the 2011 Grand Prix, but the promoter failed after a security flaw was discovered to halt the original concert and the concert was pulled altogether after it couldn't secure a permit for the band to perform. The consequence? Four concert organizers in prison for six days on fraud charges. Apparently, the Indians consider concerts cancelled on such short notice to be SeriousBusiness, so much that this could very well be the first time a single concert cancellation resulted in prison time for even one concert organizer.
* A girl in New York City had to go to jail for 36 hours. Why? Because she didn't have her school ID.
* A woman burned down someone's house, why? [[http://thedailywh.at/2011/11/02/facebook-is-serious-business-of-the-day/ Because she defriended her on facebook.]] SeriousBusiness indeed.
** There is also a case of a couple unfriended a woman where [[PapaWolf her father]] ''[[http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/couple-unfriends-woman-on-facebook-father-murders-them/8930 murdered them because of that]]''
* A woman faces three years in prison just because [[http://www.ajc.com/news/cobb/jaywalking-mom-appeals-judges-1225830.html she crossed an intersection with her three kids after getting off a bus and one of them ran off on his own and was felled by an impaired driver]]. Sound crazy enough? Well, here's something that's even crazier than that: the one who killed her child only served six ''months''.
** Worse, since the woman didn't cross the street at a marked crosswalk (the closest one to the bus stop was a quarter of a mile away), thousands of Internet commenters chimed in with screams of "No sympathy! No sympathy!" and "stupid b*tch got what she deserved" with very little show of compassion either for the mother or the child. It came across as immense elitism (don't drive? Subhuman), sexism, and racism.
* Hammurabi's law code contains many examples of this ([[FairForItsDay though, to be fair, it was much more benevolent than many other codes at the time]]). For example, someone who stole from a temple had to pay a fine equal to ''30 times'' the cost of the stolen item. If they were unable or unwilling to do so, they would be put to death.
* Roy Keane, captain of Premier League football/soccer team Manchester United, did this. Leeds midfielder Alfe Inge Haaland once accused Keane of feigning injury to avoid punishment from the ref, but Keane had legitimately injured his cruciate knee ligaments and was injured for over a year. Keane's response? Next time he was on the pitch with Haaland, ''three and a half years later'' Keane set out to deliberately injure him, aiming a vicious kick at Haaland's knee that only vaguely resembled an actual tackle. This was largely responsible for ''ending Haaland's career.''
* School shootings are generally this, if they're in response to the shooter having been bullied.
* In New York, a woman owes $300 to a handyman. Said handyman torches her alive in an elevator.
* During the Berlin Blockade, the only way to get any supplies into the Western sectors were the American "raisin bombers". The Soviet Union was displeased and demanded the USA to stop the flights immediately, lest the Red Army starts to shoot the transports down. The American reply: If the Soviet Union dares to shoot one transport down, the USA shall nuke Moscow. Mind you that was immediately after WorldWarTwo when the Soviet Union had neither nuclear weapons to retaliate an attack nor nuclear shelters.
** YMMV. A nuclear strike on Moscow would arguably have been a valid first step in the war such a downing would have started - especially given the advantages held by the Soviets in both population and defensive depth.
* Zanzibar reneged on a treaty with Britain in 1896. Bad move. The resulting war lasted 38 minutes.
* The onset of WorldWarOne. Due to various pressures involved, the Austro-Hungarian leadership had been looking for an excuse to wage a war in the Balkans to curb Southern Panslavism for some time, and when the murder of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo occurred they spent no time looking for a way to stretch it into that, not helped by the fact that the assassins divulged they had been assisted by organs within the Serbian government. As a result, Austria-Hungary sent an ultimatum to Serbia involving ten far-reaching points. The Serbs disagreed to [[ForWantOfANail one]], which was against the Serbian constitution involved the stationing of Habsburg agents on Serbian soil, which would have more or less turned it into a second Bosnia. [[SillyReasonForWar Vienna used this to justify invading with the intent to annex.]] And the [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard rest]] is history. It's worth noting that Otto von Bismarck gave the Austro-Hungarian government fair warning about this in February 1888:
-->One day, the great European war will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans.
* This shirt encourages one to [[http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/8200/eatj.jpg eat their friends if they don't get Internet Humor.]]
** Though if you take that seriously, [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/insanity-wolf you might be among the crowd to be eaten]].
* [[http://www.fox2now.com/news/ktvi-mom-beaten-by-kids-after-throwing-out-beer-20111207,0,7899948.story Teens brutally beat their mother after she gets rid of their beer.]]
* After her parents forbid her from going out with a boy and ground her, she, the boy, and another boy kill the parents. Though all three of them did get a life sentence so what goes around comes around, I guess.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl1ujzRidmU In February 2012]], a 15 year old girl complained on Facebook about her parents giving her a bunch of chores. Her dad's response to teach her a lesson? Not to punish her by taking away her laptop, but by taking out a gun and shooting a full clip into it.
** Softening this, though, he later revealed he had taken out the memory beforehand to save her files, and bought her a new laptop.
* A 9-year-old girl in Alabama lied to her grandmother and stepmother about eating some candy she was not supposed to have. Her punishment? [[http://news.yahoo.com/2-charged-death-ala-girl-forced-run-082216169.html Being forced to run for three hours straight.]] [[TearJerker Sadly]], she died as a result of severe dehydration.
* There are stories of elementary school children getting arrested for ''having a tantrum'' and having it on their permanent record!
* Arguably subverted with the case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_P._Fay?PHPSESSID=cabf770d9e102dbe3552252859bfe30b Michael P. Fay]], who was tried and convicted of petty theft and vandalism in Singapore in the mid-1990s. He was sentenced to be caned for his crimes, prompting the U.S. government to intervene on the grounds that the punishment was too severe for a teenager. The subversion comes from the American public itself, which largely tended to ''support'' Singapore in its intent to cane Fay.
* Deletha Word is a tragic case of this. When in 1995 she rear-ended a man on a bridge, he and his sons got out of the car, stripped her half-naked, and beat her with tire irons. At one point, the man held her up to the other cars, asking if anyone else wanted "a piece of this bitch". She jumped off the bridge in desperation to escape her attackers and drowned, despite attempts to save her.
* [[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/4286223/From-wrecking-his-car-to-hacking-off-his-bits-how-to-exact-revenge-on-a-lover.html Sometimes breaking up with your girlfriend can cost you.]]
* In ''BigBrother US'', a houseguest named Shelly Moore decides to vote out Fan Favourite (and CreatorsPet) Jeff, knowing there's no way she'll ever win with him around. Jeff's FanDumb proceeded to create hate sites for her, called her employers asking that she be terminated, [[http://www.tmz.com/2011/08/28/big-brother-shelly-moore-death-threats-jeff-schroeder-daughter-phone-calls-kill-fbi-cbs/#.TlqP9jtnIy4 sent death-threats to her friends and family]] and worst of all, started saying that Shelly's daughter deserved to be taken away from her, or that she should be kidnapped, raped, and killed. Note that Shelly's daughter was ''[[FacePalm EIGHT YEARS OLD]]'' at the time. Even the ''Executive Producer'', who obviously ''loved'' Jeff on the show was ''disgusted'' by people wishing real life harm on someone for what they did in a ''television game show'', saying that [[NoTrueScotsman no self-respecting fan of the show would wish real life harm on players]].
* Six Virginian workers were fired by their boss for liking the [[http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/man-fired-using-button-facebook-204016325.html;_ylt=AhshJoM7.uCnJv5MqVN4h9Ws0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNtcmlra3Y0BG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBGUARwa2cDZTlhOWI5ZmEtZWFiYS0zZDM3LWIzZTQtN2Y2YThkNmQxYjQzBHBvcwMxNgRzZWMDdG9wX3N0b3J5BHZlcgMwNzQ5NTIxMC05OTRlLTExZTEtOTc2Zi05Y2NiOTlmNzE0NmU-;_ylg=X3oDMTFlamZvM2ZlBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3 Facebook page of Jim Adams]].
* Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man, was beaten, tazed, and battered to the point of death by two Fullerton police officers when he refused to give his name and continued to resist arrest. Particularly tragic as he was apologizing profusely while being beaten and deliriously calling out to his father that they were killing him amid deaf ears. Also an excellent example of PoliceBrutality.
* And then there's the grand daddy of all [=DRs=], at least in modern times. In 1989, a group of college students and other civilians began protesting their local government to implement economic and democratic reforms. The protests were largely peaceful, but the government, in their [[SarcasmMode "great wisdom"]], responded by deploying the army against the protesters, resulting in hundreds if not thousands dead along with many more arrested and dropped into political prisons. Even worse, the government apparently knew this was a DR on their part, and so attempted to bar all foreign press from the country (they failed) and have since implemented a [[ElephantInTheRoom blackout campaign]] against any form of media that reports the event. And where did this event take place you ask? [[RedChina Just in a "little" nation in Southeastern Asia, around a certain Red Square...]]
* A teen-aged girl in Texas (who is an honor student) spent a night in jail [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150123/Exhausted-honour-student-shown-mercy-jailed-truancy--Works-jobs-support-family.html for missing school for many days.]] The worst thing? She is ''working to help her family'' since her parents split up and is constantly exhausted from work, which is the reason she misses school so many times.
* A group of boys verbally abuse an elderly bus monitor for over 10 minutes until she breaks into tears. When the incident was recorded and posted online, people started to post information online about the kids involved, which included their family's names, their phone numbers, and where they lived.
** Granted they did deserve at least ''some'' of the repercussions they got for harassing the lady.
* When Saddam Hussein was interrogated after being caught, he claimed that the catalyst for his decision to invade Kuwait -- an act that triggered the Gulf War and later on the Iraq War -- was Kuwait officials saying they would keep oil prices low (bankrupting Iraq) even if it meant "every woman in Iraq would have to become cheap prostitutes to survive (paraphrased)". In other words, two wars started because ''Saddam Hussein was feeling chivalrous''.
** Worth noting: at the time he had every motive to lie through his teeth and then some. And his past record speaks against him.
*** As does his record pertaining to women.
* People have attempted to dox online reviewers such as [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Doug Walker]] and [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] just because they expressed an opinion they dislike or they don't like their reviewing style.
* Possession of lolicon or shotacon pornography (drawn pornography of children) is illegal in several countries. This is turned UpToEleven in the Philippines, where you can get life in prison for it.
* A US man was sent to jail for a month and fined $1500. Why? [[http://cnsnews.com/news/article/oregon-man-sentenced-30-days-jail-collecting-rainwater-his-property He collected water and snow runoff in his backyard]].
* There have been many murders of people just because they have a pair of shoes the killer wanted.
* Fourteen-year-old Brandon [=McInerney=] shot and killed fifteen-year-old Lawrence King simply because Lawrence asked him to be his valentine.
* [[http://gamingsquid.com/6414/bioware-bans-player-internet-meme?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_19346 Someone got banned from the Bioware forums for violation of the COPPA Act]] simply because he utilized the [[MemeticMutation meme]] [[TooDumbToLive "I'm 12 and what is this?"]] in response to a link he had just seen.
* A {{NASCAR}} variant happened: early in the 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski got into Carl Edwards, causing Edwards to go up into Joey Logano. Both Logano and Edwards ended up going to the garage to repair their cars - Edwards coming out of the garage 156 laps down. With 3 laps to go, Keselowski was bound for a top-five finish when Edwards came up to him and spun him backwards. Keselowski subsequently flipped one full time and crashed on the driver's side windshield post, in a crash that was eerily similar to Edwards' and Keselowski's last lap encounter at Talladega (Keselowski turned Edwards, who went flying into the catch fencing). NASCAR parked Edwards right afterwards and put him on probation for three races.
** To be fair, Keselowski flipping over was not intended, but was an inherent fault with the Car of Tomorrow (all of the roof flaps deployed but did not stop the car from going airborne) and the rear wing. This was a problem NASCAR decided that same year to recitfy by putting a rear spoiler in place of the wing.
** Dale Earnhardt's death at the 2001 Daytona 500: The crash that killed him happened when Sterling Marlin's #40 Coors Light Dodge came into contact with Earnhardt's left rear panel, causing Earnhardt to shoot up the banking into the wall head-on, taking Ken Schrader with him. It was clearly an accident, as demonstrated by the replays and proven by the investigation, but for the week after Earnhardt's death, grief-stricken fans - who needed to place blame on someone for the crash, sent ''death threats'' and hate mail to Marlin and his family. On Febuary 20th, two days after the crash, Marlin came forward, saying, "I definitely didn't do anything intentional. We were just racing our guts out for the last lap of the Daytona 500. Everybody was going for it. Dale's car got caught in the middle [three-wide with Ken Schrader]. I was as low as I could go. Whether Rusty got him loose and down into me, I don't know. You have to talk to Rusty Wallace. I watched the tape one time and that is all I want to see it." Both Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. absolved Marlin of responsibility, as did the NASCAR investigation into the crash.
* [[http://newsone.com/1894595/dad-mohammad-shohan-smashes-mug-in-sons-face-for-not-listening-to-obama-speech/ A father smashes a coffee mug in his 11-year old son's face for not listening to an Obama speech]].
* An ex-con rapes a woman in her 70s for ([[ThisIsWrongOnSoManyLevels get this]]) '''''[[http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/news/national/woman-in-her-70s-reports-rape-in-central-park TAKING A PICTURE OF HIM.]]'''''
* The online site "Crime Library" has a page listing dealing with the [[http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/photogallery/killed-over-what.html?curPhoto=1 Lamest Motives for Murder]].
* Acts of Gord features an almost classic case of this. Someone steals a $2 game and scratches part of a mural? [[http://actsofgord.com/Vengeance/chapter03.php Gord and two friends outright lie to the place he works]] and gets the person fired.
* One kid in the Netherlands thought it would be funny to change his older brother's Facebook profile. The brother did think about doing the same to him in retaliation, but decided to take a somewhat more creative tack. He [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-DTQPBUJJ4&feature=colike turned his brother's room into a little girl's room]], complete with MyLittlePony light switch, JustinBieber posters, a set of girl's rollerblades, Literature/{{Twilight}} novels and a [[BreadEggsMilkSquick vibrator]]. He even replaced the carpet and the furniture! When DisproportionateRetribution meets CoolAndUnusualPunishment the results can be simply epic.
* A 16 year old girl was assaulted and killed by her classmates because she ''[[http://t.co/HqcDasjz made a joke about them farting.]]''
* An 11 year old girl calls a guy a creep on a website. What does he do in response? ''[[http://iwidk.com/2012/05/20/man-posts-nude-photos-of-11-year-old-girl-on-website-after-she-called-him-a-creep/ Post nude photos of the girl.]]'' (Link is safe for work.)
* A group of Italian scientists failed to predict a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that killed over 300 people, even though their report said that earthquakes are unpredictable and that the buildings weren't up to code in terms of earthquake safety. Their punishment: [[http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/10/italian-scientists-convicted-of-manslaughter-for-earthquake-risk-report/ conviction of manslaughter and a 6 year prison sentence.]]
* An Iraqi man assaults and fractures a Jordanian woman's skull because [[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/NewsDetails/tabid/96/smid/414/ArticleID/186633/reftab/69/t/Iraqi-assaults-Jordanian-woman-after-she-rejected-his-advances/Default.aspx she rejected his advances.]]
* On May 28, 2012, a mother ripped out her son's eyes because he refused to [[http://whofortedblog.com/2012/06/24/mother-rips-sons-eyes-death-cult-ritual/ close his eyes while praying]].
* A girl in Pakistan is murdered by her mother and father with acid for [[http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2012/11/02/08/41/girl-killed-with-acid-for-talking-to-boy talking to a boy.]]
* Some corporations are really strict on some on their employees stealing stuff belonging to the company, sneaking out anything as mundane as paper or soap can really get someone fired.
* The motive is currently unknown, but someone's out to sabotage ''KurokoNoBasuke'' by leaving a calling card consisting of a threat letter and hydrogen sulfide for anyone or anywhere even remotely connected to the series.
* A woman ran over her husband with an SUV because ''[[http://t.co/5jOgV5F1 he didn't vote in the presidential election.]]''
* Bullying in general.
* During World War II, the Germans had a policy to shoot a huge number of civilians (sometimes as many as 100) for every German soldier killed in partisan attacks. It proved counter-productive, as it only resulted in a greater number of people joining the resistance movement to escape Nazi oppression, and was later abolished.
* Most countries have laws against insulting the head of state.
* In the early 90s, Australian singer/actor Jason Donovan sued UK magazine ''The Face'' for 300,000 pounds for an image of him over which it superimposed a t-shirt reading "Queer As Fuck", but later gave it back because he liked the magazine and didn't want to bankrupt it. The suit nonetheless lost him many fans who construed the move as homophobic.
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* In the United States, downloading a movie off the Internet results in five years in a federal prison and a fine of $250,000.
* OlderThanDirt: the ancient civilizations of the past knew initially only one punishment: ''capital punishment''. [[AllCrimesAreEqual For. Any. Crime.]]
** It is widely held by modern historians that the Lex Talionis ('an eye for an eye') arose as a way of ''limiting'' retribution, which otherwise could cause an [[CycleOfRevenge escalating cycle of vendetta.]]
** Poked fun at by ''AmericaTheBook'', which described the Code of Hammurabi as refining the legal system from 'I will kill you' to 'I will kill you if you do one of the following 262 things'.
** A lot of older misogynist societies can seem like this in their treatment of women (though mainly because to think of some of the things they could be punished for as "crimes" seem absurd today). In Ancient Greece (though just to what extent varied between different cities), it was pretty much a death sentence for a woman to do ''anything'' other than StayInTheKitchen. An ordinary woman could legally be punished by death for something as mundane as ''watching the Olympics''. similarly, in the Elizabethan period, women could legally be executed simply for acting in a stage production (given this it's actually a wonder Shakespeare wrote so many memorable female characters).
* '''A quick note on the many news stories below''' - many of the news stories are reported and written on OneSideOfTheStory. A story about a person killing another over a cookie [[TropesAreTools is an interesting news story that people will stay tuned in to watch]] - what is rarely reported is if these two people had long-standing issues leading up to [[WaferThinMint this particular incident]]. This doesn't detract from the trope though - murder is still a pretty disproportionate retribution for pretty much anything.
* A woman murdered her teenage son and daughter for mouthing [[http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/01/29/florida.children.killed/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn off at her]].
* A boy who was given nothing to drink as punishment for wetting the bed died from dehydration. [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/jonathan-james-10-dies-fr_n_943168.html Seen here.]]
* A 3-year-old girl froze to death after her mom and her mom's boyfriend locked her in a bedroom and left the window open when it was ''minus 30 degrees'' outside. Her younger sister was also punished in the same fashion, but thankfully did not die (but she did suffer from hypothermia). Why did the girls receive such fierce punishment? [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/04/alaska-girl-locked-freezing-bedroom-dies_n_1319634.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk1%26pLid%3D140492 They wet their beds.]]
* Wasps. They will sting you if you make them angry. Unfortunately, unlike their relative, the nicer-by-comparison bee, a wasp's stinger never breaks off, which means it will stab you repeatedly if it wanted to.
* In 1989, actress Rebecca Schaeffer was shot dead by her [[StalkerWithACrush stalker]], Robert John Bardo, simply because she told him not to come back to her house again.
* Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar was once kidnapped by pirates. What seemed to offend him most was the way they treated him- not too bad, but not as well as he thought they should, and he actually spent a lot of time bossing them around. One thing that really annoyed him was the fact that they asked for a ransom for his release- he thought the ransom was too ''low'' and demanded they raise it. He promised that when he got free he would kill every last one of them... and he did. As soon as he could he mustered up a force that captured them all and then arranged to have them crucified. The local governor thought this was a bit harsh and lessened the sentence to slavery, but Caesar went behind the governor's back and oversaw the crucifixions personally. As an act of mercy, their throats were slit. Generally speaking, Caesar was forgiving of Roman enemies, but non-Roman citizens who he felt slighted him were in for a world of pain. The pirates were out of luck because they were pirates. Piracy was a serious problem in Caesar's day so he would have killed them anyway.
* Some sources say that Empress Livia (the wife of Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome) made it illegal, and punishable by exile or death, to say nasty things about her.
* There is a story about George Gordon, the Creator/LordByron, that when he attended Trinity College, they wouldn't let him bring any of his pet dogs. So he brought a '''trained bear'''. Imagine Byron coming back from his winter break, ''riding'' [[IncrediblyLamePun bearback]] through the gates and off into the sunset...
* Unfortunately real. In Thailand, it is a crime to insult, threaten, or defame the monarch, Regent, or heir. A Swiss man was jailed for going on a drunken graffiti spree on images of the king (he was later pardoned by the king himself), and currently an Australian is facing up to 3 years in prison for writing a novel ''Verisimilitude'' that featured a fictional prince with marital problems. The passage was claimed by the judge to be slander in that it claimed that the royal family, ironically, was abusing its royal power.
** Not to mention said Aussie was writing for ''TheEconomist'' at the time. So what does the royal family do? ''Ban'' all sales of ''The Economist'', and also subtly suggest there's a ban on publicly showing past issues as well.
** In 2001, a youthful protester hit the King of Sweden with a pie. Instead of being charged with assault or a similar crime, he was formally charged with "Lese Majeste" Thankfully, this one is more a case of Disproportionate Charges than Disproportionate Punishment, since the punishment was a $300 fine.
** In 2007, a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5SQlVK9yL4 video]] appeared on Website/{{Youtube}} that mocked King Bhumibol Adulyadej by depicting him as an ape while the Thai national anthem plays, the final scene showing a pair of feet over a photograph of his face (feet are considered unclean in Thailand, and for the soles of one's feet to face another person is a rude gesture; Thais usually sit with their feet pointing away from others). The video was deemed insulting to the king, and after members of the military junta governing Thailand claimed that the video was an attack on both the country and the monarchy, [=YouTube=] was blocked from all Thai [=IP=] addresses, as well as several of the blogs reporting this story. Since then, [=YouTube=] has been unblocked, but only after the establishment of a national gateway to block all web content that insults the monarchy. The aforementioned video features text describing another case of DisproportionateRetribution after lèse majesté, described above.
*** Nearly the same thing happened in Turkey as well due to videos insulting Ataturk. Youtube was used to be banned there for that reason.
* Indonesia's drug laws were the subject of criticism for disproportionate retribution when Schapelle Corby faced the death penalty after being discovered with four kilos of dope, which she claims were planted on her. More than one country in Southeast Asia still maintains a death penalty for drug ''possession'', let alone actual trafficking.
** Prohibition in general has thrown out some shocking examples of this. In the USA, for example, there have been numerous cases of DEA agents shooting unarmed innocents dead during raids, and countless stories of people's futures being ruined because of a possession conviction in their youth.
* Some theories that this, through a serious warping of existing cultural values, helped enable the Khmer Rouge to commit genocide in Cambodia. In short, there's a long history of disproportionate retribution stories in Cambodian history (for example, one tale has a king ordering the death of not just the murderer but the murderer's extended family by up-to-the-neck burial and decapitation with a plow after the murderer kills someone who had impressed the king), and the KR won popular support for their rebellion by appealing to the view that those being killed had been complicit in keeping the common people down. Something along the lines of "They are the enemy, they have hurt you, so kill the hell out of them."
* There was a story in the news years ago about a man who felt that his wife hadn't given him enough sympathy when his father died, so he had a baby with her, waited a year or so to make sure she'd developed an emotional bond with it, and then murdered it. [[http://www.aintnowaytogo.com/born2Die.htm Here it is.]]
* Amputation is on the ''low'' end of the brutality of historical judicial systems. Before the creation of prisons in the 19th century, all punishments had to be instant - compensation, physical torment, execution, banishment, something in that vein. As well, a low regard for the fate of criminals led to punishments that most today regard as utterly barbaric - for example, '''at least 222 crimes''' carried the death penalty in Britain in 1815, including stealing an animal or cutting down a tree. Many nations that rely on Islamic law retain cutting off the hand of a thief as it's mentioned in the Qur'an.[[hottip:*:We should note that cutting off of the hand is defined as the most extreme punishment for theft in the Qur'an; there is currently an argument among scholars of Islamic law as to whether the advent of the modern prison makes even this too extreme. In general, people in countries with more authoritarian regimes tend to favor it, while those with more democratic ones tend to prefer prison; this makes a kind of sense, given that prison in most authoritarian countries in the Muslim world actually means at least starvation, and very often torture, being raped by the guards, and "disappearance".]]
* As detailed in BillBryson's book ''Down Under'' (AKA ''In A Sunburned Country''), Australian primary school history some of the unfortunates who were members of the first British penal colony in Australia were shipped off into a life of permanent exile for mindboggingly petty offences: stealing ribbons, a book, or few cucumber plants. Transportation was at the time also deemed equivalent in weight to a death sentence - any crime for which you could be transported was a capital crime. Criminal punishments were bizarrely disproportionate at the time: one jury famously refused to convict a man of stealing a silk handkerchief if it meant he would be transported or killed so found him guilty of a lesser crime instead - ''manslaughter''. (The fine was sixty shillings.)
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] at the time. Before the Victorian Era, the likelihood of catching criminals in a big city like London was so incredibly low that the punishments for the few caught had to act as a deterrent (Britain didn't even have a professional police force until 1829, around the time the penal code was reformed.
** And, in another place, [[JustifiedTrope justified]] or [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]: Bryson discusses the cliche of people being dealt serious punishment (deportation, imprisonment etc) for the theft of a handkerchief. As he points out, this is nearly always given as an example of just how disproportionate punishment could be in the 17th and 18th centuries. But in fact, as Bryson goes on, silk would have been incredibly valuable, even rich people able to afford only a small handkerchief. It would probably have been the most valuable thing some middle-class people owned outside of their house.
* In the Revolutionary War, four of the six Iroquois Nations participated in raids on various backwoods settlements, including one particularly nasty one at Cherry Valley. General GeorgeWashington's angry response? Send a division into the Iroquois land, kidnap every woman and child, kill every warrior, burn every Iroquois village, and listen to no pleas for mercy or peace until the land is ruined. It worked, and the Iroquois, once a frontier empire unto themselves, were finished as a military - or any other kind of- power.
* On a more personal level, the concept of Western dueling falls under this trope. Effectively, if a man felt his honor/lady/family/country/anything remotely attached to him was slighted (even on a scale that today we would find trivial), he was socially (if not legally) within his rights to challenge the offender to a fight to first blood, until honor was satisfied, or [[DuelToTheDeath even to the death]]. The duels usually involved swords or guns, but could also include other weapons, including bare fists. This remained legal in some countries until the late 1800's. There was even a book with rules on the subject (the Code Duello). It got so bad at times General Washington was forced to encourage his officers to refuse duels, as he was losing too many (officers). One of the more ridiculous examples had two Frenchmen, each in hot-air balloons, attempting to shoot down his rival's balloon with pistols.
** In those much of society was enforced by social pressure up to the point of ostracism. To falsely and knowingly call a woman unchaste or a man cowardly was in those circumstances the most malicious form of psychological torture. When looked at like that [[StrawmanHasAPoint dueling doesn't always look so bad]].
*** On the other hand the ostracism was often disproportionate in the first place.
* In August 1940, a German bomber missed the airfield it was intending to bomb, and dropped its bombs on suburban London instead. The British launched a retaliatory bombing raid against Berlin the next night, which killed 10 people. Hitler's response? 57 consecutive days of strategic bombing against London (and other cities to a lesser extent), killing more than 43,000.
** Ironically, this may have led to the German defeat in the Battle of Britain, as the switch from bombing airfields to bombing cities gave the RAF a much-needed reprieve from the enormous amount of pressure previously put on it in terms of aircraft, pilots, and airfields.
*** This was the plan, according to many historians. It was better than the alternative, given that Britain was losing the damn war at that point. As it was, Britain was literally at the end of it's ability to resist the Blitz when it stopped, having put the last replacement pilot and last reserve plane into battle on the last day.
** The Nazis often [[MisplacedRetribution killed many "hostages"]] if Jews escaped from the ghettos or concentration camps, or if partisans killed German soldiers, in order to show that such tactics would not be worth the human cost.
** When the British SOE killed Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi retaliation was brutal. About 13,000 people were arrested, deported, imprisoned, or killed. All males over the age of 16 in the village of Lidice, and another village, Ležáky, were murdered. The towns were burned and the ruins leveled.
** A similar event occurred in Telavåg, Norway. On April 26, 1942, after having discovered that some of the inhabitants the village were hiding two men from the Linge company (Norwegian Resistance) Arne Meldal Værum and Emil Gustav Hvaal, the Gestapo arrived to arrest the Norwegian officers. Shots were exchanged, and two prominent German Gestapo officers were shot dead. The Nazi response was to destroy all buildings, sink/confiscate all the boats, take all livestock, and execute all the males or send them to the concentration camp at Sachsenhausen. Of the 72 who were deported from Telavåg, 31 were murdered in captivity. Women and children were imprisoned for two years.
* A British schoolteacher teaching in Sudan faced forty lashes in 2007. Her crime? Allowing a class to name a teddy bear Mohammed. Thousands of protesters were demanding her ''execution''. Luckily the British government intervened.
** The really sick thing about that was the teacher didn't even name the bear after the Prophet - the bear was named after one of the kids in her class.
** As bad as this was, the event led to another form of disproportionate retribution. In short, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parodied this in their (in)famous "Mohammed" episode where, after making a big deal out of the Prophet appearing at all (Flashback: the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons), he shows up in a bear suit. The response from the Muslim world? Trey Parker and Matt Stone ending up on a Jihad website's hit list.
* [[http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/92681?fp=1 This story]] about a senior student being denied his diploma and by extension, graduation... only because he blew a kiss to his family.
* Griselda "The Godmother" Blanco would kill anyone and their families who owed her money, which the other drug lords found to be extremely stupid ("TheMafia would beat debtors half to death; they'd be in the hospital but still alive to pay the next time.")
* A firefighter tried to stop a man from riding his bike on a busy road with his three-year-old in the back seat. [[http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/200907270015/NEWS01/907270323 By shooting at him]].
** And in an inversion of the trope, his punishment? [[http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/man-gets-120-days-for-shooting-cyclist-in-the-head.html 120 days in prison]].
* A very alarming and unusual example happened in [[http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Central/06/05/bulldozer.rampage/ Granby, Colorado]], when one [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Heemeyer Mr. Marvin Heemeyer]] used steel plating and concrete blocks to convert a bulldozer into a ''battle tank'', complete with more than a foot of armor, video cameras so he could see what was going on from inside and semi-automatics to shoot stuff. He then took this new toy on a joyride, blowing up (among other things) the Town Hall, the office of the local newspaper that editorialized against him, and the home of a former judge's widow. He only stopped when the machine conked out and he committed suicide. The reason for this rampage? A concrete plant was going to be set up next to his business and he felt it would cause problems for him. The local authorities had been trying for years at that point to oust him from his property with underhanded tactics, including allowing the construction of a building that ''blocked off the main entrance of his store''. Still disproportionate, but it's less of a wonder the man eventually went bonkers.
** In New Hampshire, a man named Carl Drega went on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge for much the same reasons---years and years of being treated like a ButtMonkey by the local authorities. When some cops pulled him over for having rust holes in his pickup truck's bed, that was it... WhosLaughingNow
* In 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, traveled to Mississippi to visit relatives. There, he was kidnapped by two men, beaten, and shot. When his body was found, it was mutilated beyond recognition. What did he do to deserve this? He supposedly whistled at a white lady. Even worse, the killers were ''acquitted''.
* In the 1970s, a woman named Paulette Cooper wrote an expose critical of the Church of Scientology called ''The Scandal of Scientology''. The result? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Freakout A decade-long campaign of psychological terror culminating in a plot to impersonate Cooper and issue death threats in her name to Henry Kissinger.]]
* It's not always bad though. The creators of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' made "Cartoon Wars", a two-parter bashing ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' for being crap. Why? Because fans of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' would tell them that they were fans of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' too. That's it. Which is not even something that's within the control of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and its creators, right? People will like what they like. Although the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' staff would agree that the retribution was pretty disproportionate (considering their production schedule didn't allow for a proper and timely response), they (like everyone else) thought it was hilarious. They even have gone so far as to refer to cutaway gags as "manatee jokes" in reference to how ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' portrayed the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' writers.
** While the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' creators have affirmed that Cartman's rant against ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is in their own words, [[JustBetweenYouAndMe the tone of this speech]] and the overall plot of the two-parter takes for granted that ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is a good show that ought to stay on the air, with writers that cannot create in an atmosphere of censorship.
** [[http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/23/arts/television/23park.html Although Comedy Central caved]] when they found themselves the target of DisproportionateRetribution.
* A man in San Francisco believed that his sister and her husband were "too liberal, were raising their children wrong and because they hadn't invited him over for Christmas". His response? ''Murder them in front of their children, then try to adopt the kids himself.'' He still believes he was justified. The article is [[http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/10/14/BAL81A4SU0.DTL#ixzz0U6ujyC6b here]].
* According to [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.164218?page=1 this]] a graffiti tagger was sent to jail for '''eight years'''.
* The Emperor Yong Le, third Emperor of Ming China, usurped power from his nephew and asked one of the former Emperor's advisors to write his inaugural address in order to legitimize his rule. Out of loyalty to the deposed Emperor and staunch adherence to Confucianism, the advisor absolutely refused, in spite of threats to his well-being. Eventually, Yong Le made a rather extreme example of him and killed him, along with ''his entire extended family and all of his students and peers'', totaling nearly 900 people.
* In France during the Industrial Revolution, repeated smuggling of cotton textiles was a capital offense (the wool merchants union had a strong lobby)
* Are you a North Korean citizen? Do you want to leave the country and make a better life for yourself? Has a family member of yours left the country to try to make a better life for themselves? Do you think your students should have more time to study? Do you think that dump you just took looks like Kim Jong-Il's supposed birthplace, Mt. Baekdu? Have you been modifying the radio the state gave you to listen to South Korean soap operas? Well, guess what, your ass ''and two generations of your family'' are being sent to work for at least several years at a concentration camp. (People have been punished for every example mentioned, by the way.)
* A 12-year-old girl gets arrested, as in taken to the station in handcuffs arrested, in NewYorkCity for... [[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35257428/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/?gt1=43001 doodling on her desk]]. ''With an erasable marker.''
* In Littleton, Colorado, a 19-year-old was arrested because of an overdue DVD he hadn't returned to his local library. Story [[http://consumerist.com/2010/03/colorado-teen-arrested-for-overdue-dvd.html here]].
* [[http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/703413/Video-Game-Cheater-Stabbed-In-Head.html?utm_source=g4tv_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=TheFeed A 17-year old kid in China gets stabbed in the head by a group of gamers]] [[SeriousBusiness for cheating at Counter-Strike]]. He survived, fortunately.
* In the Philippines, a guy was shot [[http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/51274-man-shot-for-bad-karaoke for for being a bad karaoke singer.]]
** More common than you'd think. ''[[Music/FrankSinatra My Way]]'' is pretty dangerous when sung there, since it invites drunkards stabbing you for being terrible at singing it.
* Robert-François Damiens. Poor, poor Robert le Diable. Crazy guy, Catholic fanatic, a few cookies short of a jar, decided it would be awesome to assassinate Louis XV in 1757. His brilliant plan consisted of "go up to the royal carriage and leap out at ol' Louis le Bien-Aimé with a knife." Needless to say, the plan was flawed, and Damiens succeeded only in giving the king a scratch. He made no attempt to escape and was immediately arrested, tortured, and executed by the unbelievably gruesome French version of drawing and quartering, which hadn't been practiced since the Middle Ages and which even the king was loath to inflict; its name is deceiving, since it involves not only drawing and quartering (with a team of HORSES) but also torture with red-hot pincers, molten lead, burning sulfur, and burning at the stake. When Damiens heard what was going to happen, he said, [[ThisIsGonnaSuck "The day will be hard."]] After his death, his house was razed to the ground, and his family was banished from France.
* Turkey's Article 301 makes it illegal to insult the Turkish nation, culture, or governmental bodies. The government uses this to punish virtually ''anyone'' who states that Armenians have been victims of a genocide (namely, the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923, which would itself be an example of DisproportionateRetribution, if the Armenians had done anything wrong). Turkish citizens living outside of Turkey are punished ''more'' severely.
** Even more crazy when you consider the Armenian Genocide was mainly done by Kurds. They apparently have apologised and only just because of an EnemyMine gambit.
* Funnily enough, the laws for self-defence in the United Kingdom seem to prevent this in that it can only be classified as self defence if your defence was proportionate to (or less than) the attack: one could argue that you cannot run over a man who is attempting to punch you, nor can you call in an airstrike on someone coming for you with a switchblade.
** The law is quite a bit more complicated than that - for instance, a man was sent to jail for eight years for killing an intruder armed with a handgun (with a sword). However, the defendant in question was a cannabis grower and drug dealer, so the judge ruled that the motives for his own self-defence were not as worthy - he was clearly under the belief that he was part of "hit", and so since he was acting to preserve his own position in the criminal underworld, he received a far stiffer sentence. An ordinary householder in the same position would receive a much more lenient sentence (if they were sentenced at all). Ultimately, the proportionality of any self-defence is decided by a jury.
** The law has recently been changed to allow such force as you believe is proportionate to the danger you believe yourself to be in at the time - and because this is so subjective, you bet your arse it's being abused maliciously.
* In his book on the group, Hunter S. Thompson notes that this was a feature of the Hell's Angels private code of justice: total retaliation against anyone who messed with them. Also, if an Angel and a non-Angel are having a dispute, other Angels automatically side with the former. Thompson discovered this first hand when he told off an Angel for domestic abuse, saying "[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Only a punk beats his wife.]]" - they proceeded to beat him, ending his association with the group.
* ZD and ZT
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-defects_mentality Zero-defects mentality]]: [[http://mcnodoze.blogspot.com/2008/12/brett-favre-packers-and-zero-defects.html]], [[http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Zero-defects_mentality]], [[http://www.leanessays.com/2010/11/zero-defects-mentality.html]], [[http://www.targetprocess.com/blog/2009/03/zero-defects-are-you-kidding-me.html]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_tolerance_(disambiguation) Zero tolerance]]: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_tolerance]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_tolerance_(schools)]], SacredHospitality, TheExtremistWasRight, [[ValuesDissonance/{{Film}} Values Dissonance (Film)]]
* [[http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/education/12discipline.html Zero-tolerance]] [[http://www.foxnews.com/us/2009/10/16/school-chief-sticks-zero-tolerance-ruling-eagle-scout/ policies]] regarding [[http://www.thisistrue.com/zt.html weapons]] [[http://www.ketv.com/education/5027982/detail.html in schools]].
** Not just weapons, but also "drugs" in the loosest sense of the term. Students have been suspended for carrying such "dangerous substances" as aspirin, Midol, and '''mouthwash.'''
*** There is a case where a kid got suspended for carrying insulin. Or freaking labeled a drug dealer on their permanent record for [[http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/1997/10/01/968/lifes-not-so-sweet-yet-another-student-suspended-for-glucose-tablets/ glucose tablets]]. That's as dangerous as candy.
*** Zero Tolerance policies in general. On paper, it sounds fine, in a MakeAnExampleOfThem sort of way. Of course, in practice this only cultivates a ThenLetMeBeEvil mindset. If they're going to be severely punished for such a minor incident, what's stopping them from doing something actually serious? They're going to be punished anyway, so they go all out.
** Taken UpToEleven by two recent incidents: A seven year-old student was ''suspended'' because he, reportedly, [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2013/03/05/pop-tart-gun-suspension-seriously-folks was chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a mountain]] but then pointed it at another student and said "bang, bang" after noticing its resemblance to a gun and showing it to a teacher. In Florida, a teenager [[http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/03/04/fl-teen-gets-suspended-for-stopping-gunman-from-killing-classmate/ was suspended]] for stopping a student from shooting another on the bus to school. Why? He was "involved in an incident with a weapon." So not only are Zero Tolerance policies causing minor offenders to crank up the scale of their offense, but it's also ''punishing anyone who stops any major offenses from happening''!
* Colombian [[TheBeautifulGame soccer]] player Andres Escobar was shot dead upon returning home from the 1994 [[TheWorldCup World Cup]]. His crime: scoring an own goal.
** The Nigerian team of 2010 were suspended for two years by their country's FA for going out in the group stage (They lost to Argentina and Greece and drew with South Korea).
* In 1988, Salman Rushdie wrote a novel called ''The Satanic Verses'', which contained certain references that members of the Muslim community found offence. The official response from the Ayatollah of Iran was to issue a fatwa calling on 'every good Muslim' to kill Rushdie and his publishers. The overall result was Rushdie being forced to live in hiding under conditions of heightened security for over ten years and, while he has not to date been harmed, at least 38 people are believed to have been murdered in connection with the book.
** Similarly, in 2004 the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered in Amsterdam in broad daylight for having collaborated with Somali-born activist and MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the short film ''Submission'', which criticised the treatment of women in Islam. Hirsi Ali was forced to flee the country and to this day must live with police protection.
* Three-strikes laws. It's not disproportionate to sentence someone to life in prison for multiple serious criminal offenses. However, the controversy over what offenses are considered "serious" enough to merit such treatment leads to some strange seeming situations, especially if the third "strike" [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking is markedly less serious that the previous ones]] (being non-violent or involving victimless offenses). People have received third strikes (and XX-life sentences) for such things as shoplifting video tapes, refusing to pay an air-conditioning bill, and drug possession.
** Which can lead to the person committing a more deadly crime like murder or armed robbery, knowing that [[AllCrimesAreEqual no matter what they do for strike 3, they may as well do something extreme before going down]].
* [[http://kotaku.com/5550609/man-spends-six-months-plotting-murder-of-counter+strike-rival A French man spent six months plotting the death of a man who had knifed him once in Counter-strike.]] He eventually did stab him, but missed the heart by an inch.
* In the nonfiction book ''Try Not To Laugh, Sergeant Major'', one of the anecdotes concerns several British soldiers stationed in WestGermany during the '80s. After sneaking away from camp during field maneuvers for a pint, their reaction to having been arbitrarily denied service in a village's only bar by a bigoted tavernkeeper? To ram the muzzle of their Centurion tank through the bar's front window and then fire a blank charge, temporarily deafening everyone and shattering every glass and bottle in the bar.
* In Kentucky a man killed 5 people and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone himself,]] after an argument with his wife about his eggs for [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11274481 breakfast]].
* Most of the symptoms of the common cold are caused not by the virus itself but by the immune system overreacting to it.
* A 17 year old prankster threw eggs at a guy's Mercedes, the car owner's response? ''[[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39952045/ns/us_news-life/?gt1=43001 Shooting the kid ten times!]]''
* A woman in Michigan spent 2 years harassing a family culminating in her making light of a deceased woman and her 7 year-old daughter with Huntington's Disease because the girl's family [[http://crushable.com/other-stuff/update-is-jennifer-petkov-just-completely-irredeemable/ had not responded quickly enough to a text-message]] asking if the woman's children could play at a birthday party.
** News of the story reached /b/, resulting in the woman [[http://crushable.com/other-stuff/jennifer-petkov-makes-4chan-useful-apologizes/ receiving death-threats and having her house egged]]. [[http://crushable.com/other-stuff/abusive-detroit-woman-jennifer-petkov-arrested/ She was later arrested]]. Her husband also lost his job over the issue after /b/ users inundated his workplace with phone calls and messages about the subject.
* A woman once took a toy gun from a child because the child was bullying other children with it. The father of that child posted a video of it on Youtube. The backlash from this resulted in the woman's house [[http://www.theindychannel.com/news/22195342/detail.html being burned down.]]
* [[http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Chicago-man-wears-Packers-tie-to-work-is-prompt?urn=nfl-311976 A Chicago man is fired from his job for wearing a Green Bay Packers tie.]] SeriousBusiness indeed.
* A Youtube singer decides to, for laughs, edit a video of him singing to a group of children so it sounds like he's singing a not-so-harmless song. For some reason, now every [[MoralGuardians parent within a 5-mile radius]] wants his head, and he's been [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gweZ5GBmBjk&feature=player_embedded arrested and taken to court]], and is threatened with ''20 years in prison maximum.''
** He got 60 days, 2 years probation, 200 hours of community service, costs and fines, and has to stay 500 feet away from areas where children under 17 gather during this period. He's also ''banned'' from singing the song in question. [[http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2011/04/ready_to_edit_evan_sentenced_t.html]]
* In 2005, Robert [=McCartney=] and Brendan Devine were savagely beaten and stabbed by IRA members outside a Belfast pub; Devine survived, [=McCartney=] died in hospital the next day. The motive? One of them was accused of making a rude gesture to the wife of an IRA member.
* Thirteen record companies suing [=LimeWire=] asked for ''[[http://www.law.com/jsp/cc/PubArticleCC.jsp?id=1202486102650&Manhattan_Federal_Judge_Kimba_Wood_Calls_Record_Companies_Request_for__Trillion_in_Damages_Absurd_in_Lime_Wire_Copyright_Case $75 trillion dollars]]'' for copyright violations. This becomes even more ridiculous when you realize that it's ''more money than exists in the world'', and over 9 times the total amount that exists in US dollars. Naturally, the judge disagreed with the request and instead set a more reasonable penalty based on the number of infringed works instead of the number of infringements.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/DGm0Y.jpg Frogdad]]: The Ultimate in Parental {{Troll}}ing.
* A Khwarezmid Shah executed two Mongolian Ambassadors and a trade delegation. Ghengis Khan retaliated with the utter destruction of the Khwarezmid empire, razing several cities and committing some of the largest individual massacres in human history (and [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment executed the governor of the city where the trade delegation was sacked by pouring molten silver down his throat]]). According to Juvayni, 1.2 million were executed at Urgench alone.
** However, killing ambassadors ''is'' a common way to unambiguously declare war.
* A homeless woman faces [[http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110422/us_yblog_thelookout/homeless-woman-prosecuted-for-enrolling-son-in-conn-school a $15,000 fine and up to 20 years in prison]] for [[UnstableEquilibrium enrolling her son in a higher-income school district]].
* One eighteenth century Russian General had a habit of playing with this trope. When he was convinced a given officer was unusually corrupt he waited until that officer committed a petty offense - and then publicly busted him to private.
* In Sudan a woman gets jailed for [[http://youtu.be/Z2XApSgz-lk wearing pants]].
* Quoth {{Wikipedia}}:
-->"In October 2010, 22-year old Florida mother Alexandra Tobias killed her baby because he would not stop crying while she was playing FarmVille.
** There are quite a few stories of parents abusing or murdering their children for crying or doing something else typical of kids (not eating their food, wetting their pants, etc.).
** Although often when mothers kill their young children, it's because of postpartum depression, compounded with sleep deprivation and the fact that being incessantly subjected to loud piercing noises (such as screaming babies) is effectively used as torture in many places. So it's more DespairEventHorizon. (Of course, that's still no excuse)
* [[http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/08/mayor-vilnius-tank-crush-cars/ Guess how the Mayor of Vilnius plans to deal with illegal parking?]]
* Canada Geese ''will'' attack you if you get close to their nest. Or if they want food. Or if they feel like it. Or if they ''don't'' feel like it.
* Stung by a bee. The response? [[KillItWithFire Torch]] [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20110829/us-odd-beehive-gasoline-explosion/ the entire hive.]]
* A cop pulls a gun when his hummer gets pelted with snowballs, prompting the jovial mood at the time to turn downright ugly - [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8424836.stm Don't bring a gun to a snowball fight]]! More details [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8423705.stm here]].
* There was this promoter who tried everything they could to have [[Music/{{Metallica}} one band]] allowed to perform in India during the 2011 Grand Prix, but the promoter failed after a security flaw was discovered to halt the original concert and the concert was pulled altogether after it couldn't secure a permit for the band to perform. The consequence? Four concert organizers in prison for six days on fraud charges. Apparently, the Indians consider concerts cancelled on such short notice to be SeriousBusiness, so much that this could very well be the first time a single concert cancellation resulted in prison time for even one concert organizer.
* A girl in New York City had to go to jail for 36 hours. Why? Because she didn't have her school ID.
* A woman burned down someone's house, why? [[http://thedailywh.at/2011/11/02/facebook-is-serious-business-of-the-day/ Because she defriended her on facebook.]] SeriousBusiness indeed.
** There is also a case of a couple unfriended a woman where [[PapaWolf her father]] ''[[http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/couple-unfriends-woman-on-facebook-father-murders-them/8930 murdered them because of that]]''
* A woman faces three years in prison just because [[http://www.ajc.com/news/cobb/jaywalking-mom-appeals-judges-1225830.html she crossed an intersection with her three kids after getting off a bus and one of them ran off on his own and was felled by an impaired driver]]. Sound crazy enough? Well, here's something that's even crazier than that: the one who killed her child only served six ''months''.
** Worse, since the woman didn't cross the street at a marked crosswalk (the closest one to the bus stop was a quarter of a mile away), thousands of Internet commenters chimed in with screams of "No sympathy! No sympathy!" and "stupid b*tch got what she deserved" with very little show of compassion either for the mother or the child. It came across as immense elitism (don't drive? Subhuman), sexism, and racism.
* Hammurabi's law code contains many examples of this ([[FairForItsDay though, to be fair, it was much more benevolent than many other codes at the time]]). For example, someone who stole from a temple had to pay a fine equal to ''30 times'' the cost of the stolen item. If they were unable or unwilling to do so, they would be put to death.
* Roy Keane, captain of Premier League football/soccer team Manchester United, did this. Leeds midfielder Alfe Inge Haaland once accused Keane of feigning injury to avoid punishment from the ref, but Keane had legitimately injured his cruciate knee ligaments and was injured for over a year. Keane's response? Next time he was on the pitch with Haaland, ''three and a half years later'' Keane set out to deliberately injure him, aiming a vicious kick at Haaland's knee that only vaguely resembled an actual tackle. This was largely responsible for ''ending Haaland's career.''
* School shootings are generally this, if they're in response to the shooter having been bullied.
* In New York, a woman owes $300 to a handyman. Said handyman torches her alive in an elevator.
* During the Berlin Blockade, the only way to get any supplies into the Western sectors were the American "raisin bombers". The Soviet Union was displeased and demanded the USA to stop the flights immediately, lest the Red Army starts to shoot the transports down. The American reply: If the Soviet Union dares to shoot one transport down, the USA shall nuke Moscow. Mind you that was immediately after WorldWarTwo when the Soviet Union had neither nuclear weapons to retaliate an attack nor nuclear shelters.
** YMMV. A nuclear strike on Moscow would arguably have been a valid first step in the war such a downing would have started - especially given the advantages held by the Soviets in both population and defensive depth.
* Zanzibar reneged on a treaty with Britain in 1896. Bad move. The resulting war lasted 38 minutes.
* The onset of WorldWarOne. Due to various pressures involved, the Austro-Hungarian leadership had been looking for an excuse to wage a war in the Balkans to curb Southern Panslavism for some time, and when the murder of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo occurred they spent no time looking for a way to stretch it into that, not helped by the fact that the assassins divulged they had been assisted by organs within the Serbian government. As a result, Austria-Hungary sent an ultimatum to Serbia involving ten far-reaching points. The Serbs disagreed to [[ForWantOfANail one]], which was against the Serbian constitution involved the stationing of Habsburg agents on Serbian soil, which would have more or less turned it into a second Bosnia. [[SillyReasonForWar Vienna used this to justify invading with the intent to annex.]] And the [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard rest]] is history. It's worth noting that Otto von Bismarck gave the Austro-Hungarian government fair warning about this in February 1888:
-->One day, the great European war will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans.
* This shirt encourages one to [[http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/8200/eatj.jpg eat their friends if they don't get Internet Humor.]]
** Though if you take that seriously, [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/insanity-wolf you might be among the crowd to be eaten]].
* [[http://www.fox2now.com/news/ktvi-mom-beaten-by-kids-after-throwing-out-beer-20111207,0,7899948.story Teens brutally beat their mother after she gets rid of their beer.]]
* After her parents forbid her from going out with a boy and ground her, she, the boy, and another boy kill the parents. Though all three of them did get a life sentence so what goes around comes around, I guess.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl1ujzRidmU In February 2012]], a 15 year old girl complained on Facebook about her parents giving her a bunch of chores. Her dad's response to teach her a lesson? Not to punish her by taking away her laptop, but by taking out a gun and shooting a full clip into it.
** Softening this, though, he later revealed he had taken out the memory beforehand to save her files, and bought her a new laptop.
* A 9-year-old girl in Alabama lied to her grandmother and stepmother about eating some candy she was not supposed to have. Her punishment? [[http://news.yahoo.com/2-charged-death-ala-girl-forced-run-082216169.html Being forced to run for three hours straight.]] [[TearJerker Sadly]], she died as a result of severe dehydration.
* There are stories of elementary school children getting arrested for ''having a tantrum'' and having it on their permanent record!
* Arguably subverted with the case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_P._Fay?PHPSESSID=cabf770d9e102dbe3552252859bfe30b Michael P. Fay]], who was tried and convicted of petty theft and vandalism in Singapore in the mid-1990s. He was sentenced to be caned for his crimes, prompting the U.S. government to intervene on the grounds that the punishment was too severe for a teenager. The subversion comes from the American public itself, which largely tended to ''support'' Singapore in its intent to cane Fay.
* Deletha Word is a tragic case of this. When in 1995 she rear-ended a man on a bridge, he and his sons got out of the car, stripped her half-naked, and beat her with tire irons. At one point, the man held her up to the other cars, asking if anyone else wanted "a piece of this bitch". She jumped off the bridge in desperation to escape her attackers and drowned, despite attempts to save her.
* [[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/4286223/From-wrecking-his-car-to-hacking-off-his-bits-how-to-exact-revenge-on-a-lover.html Sometimes breaking up with your girlfriend can cost you.]]
* In ''BigBrother US'', a houseguest named Shelly Moore decides to vote out Fan Favourite (and CreatorsPet) Jeff, knowing there's no way she'll ever win with him around. Jeff's FanDumb proceeded to create hate sites for her, called her employers asking that she be terminated, [[http://www.tmz.com/2011/08/28/big-brother-shelly-moore-death-threats-jeff-schroeder-daughter-phone-calls-kill-fbi-cbs/#.TlqP9jtnIy4 sent death-threats to her friends and family]] and worst of all, started saying that Shelly's daughter deserved to be taken away from her, or that she should be kidnapped, raped, and killed. Note that Shelly's daughter was ''[[FacePalm EIGHT YEARS OLD]]'' at the time. Even the ''Executive Producer'', who obviously ''loved'' Jeff on the show was ''disgusted'' by people wishing real life harm on someone for what they did in a ''television game show'', saying that [[NoTrueScotsman no self-respecting fan of the show would wish real life harm on players]].
* Six Virginian workers were fired by their boss for liking the [[http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/man-fired-using-button-facebook-204016325.html;_ylt=AhshJoM7.uCnJv5MqVN4h9Ws0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNtcmlra3Y0BG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBGUARwa2cDZTlhOWI5ZmEtZWFiYS0zZDM3LWIzZTQtN2Y2YThkNmQxYjQzBHBvcwMxNgRzZWMDdG9wX3N0b3J5BHZlcgMwNzQ5NTIxMC05OTRlLTExZTEtOTc2Zi05Y2NiOTlmNzE0NmU-;_ylg=X3oDMTFlamZvM2ZlBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3 Facebook page of Jim Adams]].
* Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man, was beaten, tazed, and battered to the point of death by two Fullerton police officers when he refused to give his name and continued to resist arrest. Particularly tragic as he was apologizing profusely while being beaten and deliriously calling out to his father that they were killing him amid deaf ears. Also an excellent example of PoliceBrutality.
* And then there's the grand daddy of all [=DRs=], at least in modern times. In 1989, a group of college students and other civilians began protesting their local government to implement economic and democratic reforms. The protests were largely peaceful, but the government, in their [[SarcasmMode "great wisdom"]], responded by deploying the army against the protesters, resulting in hundreds if not thousands dead along with many more arrested and dropped into political prisons. Even worse, the government apparently knew this was a DR on their part, and so attempted to bar all foreign press from the country (they failed) and have since implemented a [[ElephantInTheRoom blackout campaign]] against any form of media that reports the event. And where did this event take place you ask? [[RedChina Just in a "little" nation in Southeastern Asia, around a certain Red Square...]]
* A teen-aged girl in Texas (who is an honor student) spent a night in jail [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150123/Exhausted-honour-student-shown-mercy-jailed-truancy--Works-jobs-support-family.html for missing school for many days.]] The worst thing? She is ''working to help her family'' since her parents split up and is constantly exhausted from work, which is the reason she misses school so many times.
* A group of boys verbally abuse an elderly bus monitor for over 10 minutes until she breaks into tears. When the incident was recorded and posted online, people started to post information online about the kids involved, which included their family's names, their phone numbers, and where they lived.
** Granted they did deserve at least ''some'' of the repercussions they got for harassing the lady.
* When Saddam Hussein was interrogated after being caught, he claimed that the catalyst for his decision to invade Kuwait -- an act that triggered the Gulf War and later on the Iraq War -- was Kuwait officials saying they would keep oil prices low (bankrupting Iraq) even if it meant "every woman in Iraq would have to become cheap prostitutes to survive (paraphrased)". In other words, two wars started because ''Saddam Hussein was feeling chivalrous''.
** Worth noting: at the time he had every motive to lie through his teeth and then some. And his past record speaks against him.
*** As does his record pertaining to women.
* People have attempted to dox online reviewers such as [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Doug Walker]] and [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] just because they expressed an opinion they dislike or they don't like their reviewing style.
* Possession of lolicon or shotacon pornography (drawn pornography of children) is illegal in several countries. This is turned UpToEleven in the Philippines, where you can get life in prison for it.
* A US man was sent to jail for a month and fined $1500. Why? [[http://cnsnews.com/news/article/oregon-man-sentenced-30-days-jail-collecting-rainwater-his-property He collected water and snow runoff in his backyard]].
* There have been many murders of people just because they have a pair of shoes the killer wanted.
* Fourteen-year-old Brandon [=McInerney=] shot and killed fifteen-year-old Lawrence King simply because Lawrence asked him to be his valentine.
* [[http://gamingsquid.com/6414/bioware-bans-player-internet-meme?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_19346 Someone got banned from the Bioware forums for violation of the COPPA Act]] simply because he utilized the [[MemeticMutation meme]] [[TooDumbToLive "I'm 12 and what is this?"]] in response to a link he had just seen.
* A {{NASCAR}} variant happened: early in the 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski got into Carl Edwards, causing Edwards to go up into Joey Logano. Both Logano and Edwards ended up going to the garage to repair their cars - Edwards coming out of the garage 156 laps down. With 3 laps to go, Keselowski was bound for a top-five finish when Edwards came up to him and spun him backwards. Keselowski subsequently flipped one full time and crashed on the driver's side windshield post, in a crash that was eerily similar to Edwards' and Keselowski's last lap encounter at Talladega (Keselowski turned Edwards, who went flying into the catch fencing). NASCAR parked Edwards right afterwards and put him on probation for three races.
** To be fair, Keselowski flipping over was not intended, but was an inherent fault with the Car of Tomorrow (all of the roof flaps deployed but did not stop the car from going airborne) and the rear wing. This was a problem NASCAR decided that same year to recitfy by putting a rear spoiler in place of the wing.
** Dale Earnhardt's death at the 2001 Daytona 500: The crash that killed him happened when Sterling Marlin's #40 Coors Light Dodge came into contact with Earnhardt's left rear panel, causing Earnhardt to shoot up the banking into the wall head-on, taking Ken Schrader with him. It was clearly an accident, as demonstrated by the replays and proven by the investigation, but for the week after Earnhardt's death, grief-stricken fans - who needed to place blame on someone for the crash, sent ''death threats'' and hate mail to Marlin and his family. On Febuary 20th, two days after the crash, Marlin came forward, saying, "I definitely didn't do anything intentional. We were just racing our guts out for the last lap of the Daytona 500. Everybody was going for it. Dale's car got caught in the middle [three-wide with Ken Schrader]. I was as low as I could go. Whether Rusty got him loose and down into me, I don't know. You have to talk to Rusty Wallace. I watched the tape one time and that is all I want to see it." Both Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. absolved Marlin of responsibility, as did the NASCAR investigation into the crash.
* [[http://newsone.com/1894595/dad-mohammad-shohan-smashes-mug-in-sons-face-for-not-listening-to-obama-speech/ A father smashes a coffee mug in his 11-year old son's face for not listening to an Obama speech]].
* An ex-con rapes a woman in her 70s for ([[ThisIsWrongOnSoManyLevels get this]]) '''''[[http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/news/national/woman-in-her-70s-reports-rape-in-central-park TAKING A PICTURE OF HIM.]]'''''
* The online site "Crime Library" has a page listing dealing with the [[http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/photogallery/killed-over-what.html?curPhoto=1 Lamest Motives for Murder]].
* Acts of Gord features an almost classic case of this. Someone steals a $2 game and scratches part of a mural? [[http://actsofgord.com/Vengeance/chapter03.php Gord and two friends outright lie to the place he works]] and gets the person fired.
* One kid in the Netherlands thought it would be funny to change his older brother's Facebook profile. The brother did think about doing the same to him in retaliation, but decided to take a somewhat more creative tack. He [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-DTQPBUJJ4&feature=colike turned his brother's room into a little girl's room]], complete with MyLittlePony light switch, JustinBieber posters, a set of girl's rollerblades, Literature/{{Twilight}} novels and a [[BreadEggsMilkSquick vibrator]]. He even replaced the carpet and the furniture! When DisproportionateRetribution meets CoolAndUnusualPunishment the results can be simply epic.
* A 16 year old girl was assaulted and killed by her classmates because she ''[[http://t.co/HqcDasjz made a joke about them farting.]]''
* An 11 year old girl calls a guy a creep on a website. What does he do in response? ''[[http://iwidk.com/2012/05/20/man-posts-nude-photos-of-11-year-old-girl-on-website-after-she-called-him-a-creep/ Post nude photos of the girl.]]'' (Link is safe for work.)
* A group of Italian scientists failed to predict a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that killed over 300 people, even though their report said that earthquakes are unpredictable and that the buildings weren't up to code in terms of earthquake safety. Their punishment: [[http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/10/italian-scientists-convicted-of-manslaughter-for-earthquake-risk-report/ conviction of manslaughter and a 6 year prison sentence.]]
* An Iraqi man assaults and fractures a Jordanian woman's skull because [[http://www.arabtimesonline.com/NewsDetails/tabid/96/smid/414/ArticleID/186633/reftab/69/t/Iraqi-assaults-Jordanian-woman-after-she-rejected-his-advances/Default.aspx she rejected his advances.]]
* On May 28, 2012, a mother ripped out her son's eyes because he refused to [[http://whofortedblog.com/2012/06/24/mother-rips-sons-eyes-death-cult-ritual/ close his eyes while praying]].
* A girl in Pakistan is murdered by her mother and father with acid for [[http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2012/11/02/08/41/girl-killed-with-acid-for-talking-to-boy talking to a boy.]]
* Some corporations are really strict on some on their employees stealing stuff belonging to the company, sneaking out anything as mundane as paper or soap can really get someone fired.
* The motive is currently unknown, but someone's out to sabotage ''KurokoNoBasuke'' by leaving a calling card consisting of a threat letter and hydrogen sulfide for anyone or anywhere even remotely connected to the series.
* A woman ran over her husband with an SUV because ''[[http://t.co/5jOgV5F1 he didn't vote in the presidential election.]]''
* Bullying in general.
* During World War II, the Germans had a policy to shoot a huge number of civilians (sometimes as many as 100) for every German soldier killed in partisan attacks. It proved counter-productive, as it only resulted in a greater number of people joining the resistance movement to escape Nazi oppression, and was later abolished.
* Most countries have laws against insulting the head of state.
* In the early 90s, Australian singer/actor Jason Donovan sued UK magazine ''The Face'' for 300,000 pounds for an image of him over which it superimposed a t-shirt reading "Queer As Fuck", but later gave it back because he liked the magazine and didn't want to bankrupt it. The suit nonetheless lost him many fans who construed the move as homophobic.
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11th Mar '13 12:47:43 PM MsCC93
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*** [[StrawMisogynist As does his record]] [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil pertaining to women.]]

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11th Mar '13 9:52:50 AM dshban11
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* Possession of lolicon or shotacon pornography (drawn pornography of non-existant children) is illegal in several countries. This is turned UpToEleven in the Philippines, where you can get life in prison for it.

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* Possession of lolicon or shotacon pornography (drawn pornography of non-existant children) is illegal in several countries. This is turned UpToEleven in the Philippines, where you can get life in prison for it.
10th Mar '13 11:14:25 AM MrPitt
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** Justified at the time. Before the Victorian Era, the likelihood of catching criminals in a big city like London was so incredibly low that the punishments for the few caught had to act as a deterrent (Britain didn't even have a proffessional police force until 1829, around the time the penal code was reformed.
◦ And, in another place, justified or subverted: Bryson discusses the cliche of people being dealt serious punishment (deportation, imprisonment etc) for the theft of a handkerchief. As he points out, this is nearly always given as an example of just how disproportionate punishment could be in the 17th and 18th centuries. But in fact, as Bryson goes on, silk would have been incredibly valuable, even rich people able to afford only a small handkerchief. It would probably have been the most valuable thing some middle-class people owned outside of their house.

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** Justified [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] at the time. Before the Victorian Era, the likelihood of catching criminals in a big city like London was so incredibly low that the punishments for the few caught had to act as a deterrent (Britain didn't even have a proffessional professional police force until 1829, around the time the penal code was reformed.
** And, in another place, justified [[JustifiedTrope justified]] or subverted: [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]: Bryson discusses the cliche of people being dealt serious punishment (deportation, imprisonment etc) for the theft of a handkerchief. As he points out, this is nearly always given as an example of just how disproportionate punishment could be in the 17th and 18th centuries. But in fact, as Bryson goes on, silk would have been incredibly valuable, even rich people able to afford only a small handkerchief. It would probably have been the most valuable thing some middle-class people owned outside of their house.
10th Mar '13 11:10:25 AM MrPitt
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**Justified at the time. Before the Victorian Era, the likelihood of catching criminals in a big city like London was so incredibly low that the punishments for the few caught had to act as a deterrent (Britain didn't even have a proffessional police force until 1829, around the time the penal code was reformed.
◦ And, in another place, justified or subverted: Bryson discusses the cliche of people being dealt serious punishment (deportation, imprisonment etc) for the theft of a handkerchief. As he points out, this is nearly always given as an example of just how disproportionate punishment could be in the 17th and 18th centuries. But in fact, as Bryson goes on, silk would have been incredibly valuable, even rich people able to afford only a small handkerchief. It would probably have been the most valuable thing some middle-class people owned outside of their house.
6th Mar '13 11:31:33 PM WZA
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6th Mar '13 11:31:01 PM WZA
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6th Mar '13 11:30:02 PM WZA
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** Worth noteing: at the time he had every motive to lie through his teeth and then some. And his past record speaks against him.

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** Worth noteing: noting: at the time he had every motive to lie through his teeth and then some. And his past record speaks against him.him.
*** [[StrawMisogynist As does his record pertaining to women.]]
6th Mar '13 9:46:10 PM StormKensho
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** Taken UpToEleven by two recent incidents: A seven year-old student was ''suspended'' because he, reportedly, [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2013/03/05/pop-tart-gun-suspension-seriously-folks was chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a mountain]] but then pointed it at another student and said "bang, bang" after noticing its resemblance to a gun and showing it to a teacher. In Florida, a teenager [[http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/03/04/fl-teen-gets-suspended-for-stopping-gunman-from-killing-classmate/ was suspended]] for stopping a student from shooting another on the bus to school. Why? He was "involved in an incident with a weapon." So not only are Zero Tolerance policies causing minor offenders to crank up the scale of their offense, but it's also ''punishing anyone who stops any major offenses from happening''!
6th Mar '13 8:38:21 PM humanpunk
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* In the early 90s, Australian singer/actor Jason Donovan sued UK magazine ''The Face'' for 300,000 pounds for an image of him over which it superimposed a t-shirt reading "Queer As Fuck", but later gave it back because he liked the magazine and didn't want to bankrupt it. The suit nonetheless lost him many fans who construed the move as homophobic.
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