No, it’s not an Onion headline–this actually happened! As the Virginian-Pilot recently reported:
A judge convicted shipwrecked sailor Michael Calabrese of misdemeanor trespassing Monday for returning to an Ocean View shelter after he was kicked out.
Calabrese, whose ship the Maybe Tomorrow blew ashore during Hurricane Irene, also was granted a dismissal of a charge of being drunk in public in the Aug. 28 incident. Circuit Judge Jerrauld Jones sentenced Calabrese to 30 days in jail and suspended its execution as long as Calabrese remains on good behavior.
Calabrese testified that he was a registered guest of the Bayview Recreation Center after the shipwreck. He said he returned to the shelter because he wanted to comfort his girlfriend, who also survived the wreck.
A police officer testified that Calabrese had been removed from the shelter earlier because he had been disruptive.
It’s a story oddly reminicent of early nineteenth-century accounts of shipwrecked mariners–hurricanes, public intoxication, displeased locals, and shipwrecked mariners overstaying their welcome. How rarely the perils of the sea excede those of shore…