Cleveland judge orders woman who drove on sidewalk to hold 'idiot' sign
CLEVELAND (AP) - A Cleveland woman puffed on a cigarette, wore headphones, and ignored passers-by and crowds of reporters as she stood for an hour Tuesday under a judge's order holding a sign that said, "Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus."
A Municipal Court judge had ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to serve the highly public sentence Tuesday and Wednesday for the Sept. 11 citation after she was caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to pass a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children.
She arrived bundled up against the 34-degree cold at the intersection near downtown Cleveland as passing vehicles honked. Satellite TV trucks streamed the event live.
Hardin refused to comment, as did her mother, who watched from a parked car. A message seeking comment was left for Hardin's attorneys.
Hardin's license was suspended for 30 days and she was ordered to pay $250 in court costs.
Lisa Kelley, whose 9-year-old daughter boards the bus that Hardin had been passing on the sidewalk, said the sentence fit the crime.
"She's an idiot, just like her sign says," Kelley said as she watched Hardin lean against a fence, her head down and her eyes hidden by dark glasses.
"She did this almost every day last year," Kelley said. "She won't stop laughing. She's not remorseful, she laughed at every court appearance. She's still laughing, so she needs to be humiliated like this."
Kelley said she was only sorry the woman was standing in the cold and not the rain or snow.
Bill Lipold, 37, who works nearby in the blue-collar neighborhood of older homes and factories, yelled to Hardin: "Why do you hate kids?" He hopes the punishment works.
"How else are you going to stop her from doing it again?" he said. "She really didn't show remorse for her action after being caught, so you've got to try something."
With two schools located within two blocks of the location and busy commuter traffic, the area can be risky for youngsters walking to class, Lipold said.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Thursday, February 20 2014 7:42 PM EST2014-02-21 00:42:09 GMT
Behind the glory of football there are the scars and bruises. Some visible, some not. We still have much to learn about the health risk football puts on it's players, but some of the biggest strides inMore >>
Behind the glory of football there are the scars and bruises, some visible, some not. We still have much to learn about the health risk football puts on it's players, but some of the biggest strides in research are happening on South Dakota's fields.More >>
Sunday, March 9 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-03-10 03:45:40 GMT
Colon and colorectal cancers are the third most common cancer diagnosis in the United States, attacking thousands of men and women every single year. One of those is Katherine 'Kitty' Kocevar. Like mostMore >>
Colon and colorectal cancers are the third most common cancer diagnosis in the United States, attacking thousands of men and women every single year. One of those is Katherine 'Kitty' Kocevar.More >>
Sunday, March 9 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-03-10 03:26:14 GMT
The Summit League Tournament is in its second day at the Sioux Falls arena, and people are packing the place. The tournament has set records for attendance all six years it has been in Sioux Falls. LuckilyMore >>
The Summit League Tournament is in its second day at the Sioux Falls arena, and people are packing the place. The tournament has set records for attendence all six years it has been in Sioux Falls.More >>
Sunday, March 9 2014 9:42 PM EDT2014-03-10 01:42:11 GMT
The situation in Ukraine is escalating. Next Sunday Crimea will hold a referendum to see if the people want to become part of Russia. University of Sioux Falls Professor Dr. Kermit Staggers said heMore >>
Next Sunday Crimea will hold a referendum to see if the people want to become part of Russia.More >>
Sunday, March 9 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-03-09 18:55:49 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) - A sure sign that spring is on the horizon: daylight saving time has arrived. Most Americans pushed the clock forward by 60 minutes before heading to bed Saturday night, but daylightMore >>
A sure sign that spring is on the horizon: daylight saving time has arrived.More >>
Sunday, March 9 2014 2:51 PM EDT2014-03-09 18:51:13 GMT
A Chinese restaurant in Worthington sustained significant damage after a fire broke out, early Saturday morning. The Worthington Fire Department responded to King Wok, formerly known as Michael's Steakhouse,More >>
A Chinese restaurant in Worthington sustained significant damage after a fire broke out, early Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:17 PM EST2014-03-09 01:17:06 GMT
ST. PAUL — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), St. Paul Field Division Special Agent in Charge Scott D. Sweetow today announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leadingMore >>
There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the arson fire to the Colonial Inn Motel, in Yankton.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:05 PM EST2014-03-09 01:05:09 GMT
Despite a warm-up on the way in our forecast, taking a dip into water outside may be the last thing on our minds. In Huron, Saturday, if it was for a good cause, it was hard to say no. More than 200More >>
Brave souls plunged into icy cold water in Huron, Saturday, for a good cause. More >>