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Man Cheats, Wife Publicly Punishes Him -- Is it Fair?

A Virginia man's private indiscretion is now public fodder, thanks to his spurned wife. It seems William Taylor's wife found evidence on his cell phone that he had been cheating on her. She confronted him, and he admitted to his misdeed. He left it up to her to come up with punishment. And she dreamed up a doozy. But the question is -- is it a just punishment?

Mrs. Taylor decided her husband should stand on the busiest intersection in Tysons Corner wearing a sign that reads "I cheated. This is my punishment." Taylor stood out there for several days last week, and said more public humiliation could be on the horizon.

Taylor spoke with a cameraman from FOX 5 in Washington, telling him, "I thought she was kidding, but she was serious. I figured I got to do what I got to do to makes things right. So here I am."

Taylor has become a local celebrity of sorts, with morning radio shows yammering about his plight. Carissa DiMargo of WRC-TV wrote on “We haven't quite decided if this is a publicity stunt for some wacky YouTube channel or a ratings-driver for a morning radio station. But if it's true, we like it. We. Are. Amused.”

Amusing yes, but is it fair? No one is saying Taylor was right for cheating. But shouldn't something like this stay behind closed doors? Or does he deserve to be the laughingstock of his town for doing this to his wife?

One thing is for certain, though -- never agree to let your wife come up with the punishment for such a crime!


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