We all like a good story about someone who gets what’s coming to him, especially when the story involves a cheater. You’ll be happy to hear that karma came calling for a man who had an affair with an Italian businesswoman. The two would rendezvous on the sly whenever she was flying into town to conduct their own special “business meetings.”
One night she was in a particularly somber mood and when her lover asked the reason, she broke down and confessed that she was pregnant. Knowing that the affair could potentially end his marriage and sully his sterling reputation, the cunning businessman offered to pay his paramour a hefty amount of money if she’d agree to return to Italy to have the baby. If she agreed to remain in Italy, the man promised to provide support until the child’s 18th birthday.
The Lovers Devise A PlanThe woman then asked how she’d be able to notify her lover when the baby was born. Her lover came up with a clever idea: send a discreet postcard from Italy that included the word “spaghetti.” The woman accepted the proposition and returned to Italy as they had agreed.
Several months later the man’s wife told him that a very odd postcard from Italy had arrived in the mail. Acting unflustered, the man brushed it off. “Just give it to me and I’ll explain it to you later,” he told her as she handed him the card.
But when her husband read the postcard he nearly passed out. On the back of a colorful Italian postcard was written, “Spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti. Three with meatballs, two without. Send sauce.” It’s doubtful the man ever enjoyed another Italian meal. Or that his oh-so clever idea wasn’t eventually uncovered by his wife.
In These Places, Adultery Is No Joke
While this story put a humorous twist on infidelity, at least 22% of married men and 14% of married women have admitted to having sexual relationships outside of marriage and 17% of all divorces in the United States end due to extramarital affairs.
Adultery in many states is no laughing matter. While rarely enforced, there are laws that call for fines and even jail time for cheaters. As of May 2019, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin all had adultery laws on the books. Even the U.S. Military condemns extramarital relationships. According to the Navy Times, Officer Syneeda Penland received two-months in the brig after she was convicted of adultery. Penland denied the accusations.
Saying ‘Adios’ To Adultery Laws
Legislators in Massachusetts, Minnesota, Utah, and Virginia would like to amend or repeal the laws, along with old laws that prohibit any sexual activity outside of marriage as well as cohabitation. Several states also have “alienation of affection” laws that allow the injured spouse to sue the person with whom their spouse cheated.
So why are these laws still around? Much of it has to do with perception. Few legislators want to be seen as championing bad behavior. And while these laws are rarely enforced, some religious groups would be likely to push back.
Adultery laws around the globe are even harsher. In Brunei, adulterers can be stoned to death, while in Indonesia, offenders may face flogging and jail time. In the Philippines, the adulterer and his or her lover can both be sentenced to prison time and anyone caught having an extramarital relationship.
Guess the old adage is still true (especially in Brunei): cheaters never prosper.
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