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Sentence wraps up for Ohio woman with 'idiot' sign

By Thomas J, Sheeran

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:50 a.m. HST, Nov 14, 2012

CLEVELAND » A woman sentenced to stand at the curb with an embarrassing sign for driving on the sidewalk past a stopped school bus has served out the second half of her two-hour punishment.

The sentencing judge, unhappy that Shena Hardin was smoking and texting during Tuesday's hour, had planned to personally supervise the defendant today.

But Judge Pinkey Carr sent word that she had changed her mind. Court spokesman Ed Ferenc says Carr gave no reason.

The judge had ordered Hardin to stand with a sign reading, "Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus."

Hardin wore headphones and ignored passers-by Tuesday. The judge told WKYC-TV she felt Hardin wasn't sufficiently holding up the sign and was "missing the point."

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XML808 wrote:
She doesn't appear to appreciate the gravity of her misdeeds.
on November 14,2012 | 04:57AM
RichardCory wrote:
Do you really think someone who drives on the sidewalk to get around a school bus will be the sort of person to "appreciate the gravity of her misdeeds"? The whole sentence was absurd. Money talks. The judge should have just hit her with a huge fine and been done with it.
on November 14,2012 | 05:33AM
FrankieT wrote:
I agree, she doesn't care one way or another. A large fine and community service would be grand. I heard the judge was going to supervise her second day.
on November 14,2012 | 06:49AM
likewise wrote:
Being put in stocks or being pilloried in the village square was an once effective punishment for petty crimes or unscrupulous shop keepers. Public humiliation and being the object of the taunts and public scorn used to hold some weight. Of course it was not always applied fairly. Anyway, I think it is lost on this person. You would have to have some conscience or something to loose (the business or the good will of your neighbors.) She don't care. A hefty fine and a few days in jail or the loss of her driving privileges would have been more effective.
on November 14,2012 | 06:49AM
likewise wrote:
And I should be put in stocks for using "loose" when I meant to use "lose." Oh well. Bring on the rotten vegetables.
on November 14,2012 | 07:01AM
Oahu1234 wrote:
the sign is all wrong! It should have stated "I am the idiot" instead of "Only an idiot".
on November 14,2012 | 08:03AM
kainalu wrote:
Great observation! The judge should have ordered that she wear one of those sandwhich message boards flung over the shoulders, so the message is both front and back, and made to walk x-amount of feet back-n-forth.
on November 14,2012 | 02:50PM
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