Local media is reporting that a woman in Poulsbo, Washington has been jailed after allegedly “beating up her fiancé at their prenuptial party.” Without elucidating what exactly a prenup party is, officials from the county sheriff’s department explained that the woman’s 12-year-old son told her “he saw her fiancé kissing one of her women friends early [that] morning,” at which point the woman “gave her friends the boot, told her fiancé to leave, too, and then started hitting him in the face.” When he left the house, the authorities further noted, the woman then “tackled him football-style, punched him some more, threw his watch into the bushes and broke his glasses.”
According to the sheriff’s reports, the woman was released from jail later that day. There is still no word on whether the marriage took place. [My Way News]
According to reports giving a new spin on the concept of the “blushing bride,” a man in upstate New York was arrested on his wedding day for violating a court order barring him from going near the bride…who also happened to be his ex-wife. Confused? You’re not alone.
The man’s ex-wife-cum-new-bride apparently had a standing restraining order in place against the man, Timothy Cole, which he had previously violated several times—the most recent time being July 1. The trouble started when, after remarrying his ex last week, Cole began fighting “with a guest over a chair during a house party” just hours after the wedding. When police showed up, they recognized him from previous arrests and discovered the still-active order of protection against him. At that point, Cole was charged with first-degree criminal contempt for violating the order and was ordered to jail without bail.
While legal pundits have been unable to agree on whether Cole should rightfully have been arrested, they have unanimously posed the same question of the case: Who the hell is this bride? What kind of woman (re)marries a guy she not only thought best to divorce, but also obtained a restraining order against? I mean, come on, is the idea of being single really that bad? [Salon]
A jury has awarded a Georgia woman $150,000 after she sued her former fiance for canceling their wedding. The jilted bride, RoseMary Shell, argued that her fiance’s “promise of marital bliss amounted to a binding contract,” adding that she left a high-paying job in Florida to be with him and has “suffered financial losses since their break-up.”
The fiance, Wayne Gibbs, explained that he had already laid out $30,000 to pay off certain of Shell’s debts when they were engaged, and when he found out she had even more debt, he did what any loving life-partner-to-be would do and left her a note in their bathroom telling her the wedding was off. “People shouldn’t be allowed to do that,” Shell explained, adding, “hopefully he’ll think twice before he does it to someone else.”
Legal analysts have agreed that Shell had every reason to be upset by Gibbs’s actions, but have advised her to keep in mind as she gets back on that dating horse that, from a legal perspective at least, a promise of “marital bliss” from the kind of guy who would break up with you by leaving a note in your toilet may not be the strongest form of consideration in future romantic contracts. | WSB-TV
I was in the middle of a merger deal, working 80 hours a week, for about two months. For weeks, I’d been telling the partner, I was best man in an upcoming wedding and I couldn’t work Saturday the 5th. He assured me that I’d be fine. “For God’s sake, what kind of monster do you think I am?”
The Thursday before the actual wedding weekend, I reminded him yet again I wouldn’t be able to work Friday or Saturday night. Once again, he assured me that would not be a problem—though I did note the change in his words. It went from “of course” to “not a problem.” The next day, around 4 PM, I emailed him to say I was leaving for the weekend. His electronic response: “What do you mean “leaving?”
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