Skip to comments.Woman sentenced to carry the 'idiot' sign is just the tip of an idiot culture.
Posted on 11/14/2012 2:49:48 PM PST by yoe
CLEVELAND, Ohio I tried to ignore Shena Hardin. I really did. This region and nation are confronted with far more pressing issues than her brand of recklessness.
But as I watched her coolly light up a cigarette on camera Tuesday, before casually (hoisting a hand written sign)
that properly declared her an "idiot" for failing to stop for a Cleveland school bus, I could only marvel at Hardin's remarkable disinterest and aloofness before the condemning eyes of the public.
It was like she was flipping us all her proverbial finger. Her demeanor clearly suggested that criminal selfishness is no reason for shame. She was acting like too many faces I now see in the crowd. I couldn't ignore her.
It wasn't just the fact that she cut quite an image in her fashionable sunglasses, knee-high boots and choice in hats. She was dressed for an afternoon at the mall.
It wasn't that she played on her phone and smoked while carrying out the public humiliation part of her sentence. Apparently the sentence crafted by Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Pinkey S. Carr didn't prevent Hardin from multitasking.
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The caption to the last video said the sign labels her as an idiot. It does nothing of the sort. It says “Only an idiot would pass a school but by driving over the curb” or something. It makes it look like she’s protesting other idiots. The sign should read “I AM AN IDIOT!” And it should be printed on both sides in HUGE lettering. That would be a punishment. Then they should fine her.
In order of your question: almost definitely, probably, and likely.
The only idiot here is the judge who gave her this punishment and thought it would accomplish anything.
I'm pretty tired of this "creative" sentencing.
There is a fine for failing to stop for a school bus. That's the penalty; not standing around with a sign in public.
This ain't Nathaniel Hawthorne's America.
What's he gonna' do to the next hooker in his court? Make her carry a sign saying "I'm a hooker"?
Sentence the twit to stand out on a sidewalk while cars bear down on her. See if that makes an impression....