Alparslan Yigit, from Yenifakili, should originally have been
sentenced to 15 days in prison for drunkenness and
But the judge opted for an alternative sentence to avoid
putting extra pressure on overcrowded Turkish prisons.
He ruled Yigit, 28, had to spend an hour and a half reading
at a library every day for a month.
Yigit complained, saying being forced to read in a public
place was a humiliation equivalent to "doing the dishes at
He even ran out of the courtroom and disappeared for
some time, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports.
But eventually, he started serving his time at the library -
with a police supervisor making sure he wasn't just leafing
through the page"