CLEVELAND, OH – The woman who got busted driving on a sidewalk to pass a stopped school bus, has completed the second half of her sentence of having to hold a sign in public that warned people about idiots.
For those of you who haven’t been following this story, 32-year-old Shena Hardin got busted using a sidewalk to get around a stopped school bus that was loading and unloading children. She would end up pleading guilty to not stopping for a school bus and reckless operation and ordered to pay $250 in court costs and have her license suspended for 30 days.
But the judge would also add one more stipulation. She ordered Hardin to stand at the intersection of E. 38th Street and Payne Avenue from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. this past Tuesday and today while wearing a sign that read, “Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.”
On Tuesday, Hardin showed up with her sign and was greeted by gawkers and news channels. What they observed was a disinterested Hardin leaning on the sign while she chain smoked cigarettes, listened to music, texted and chatted on the phone. Of course the news was quick to run to the judge who sentenced Hardin to get her thoughts on how Hardin was carrying out her sentence.
The judge wasn’t real pleased with Hardin, stating that it was obvious the woman was remaining defiant and not taking the punishment seriously.
“If I wanted someone standing there for an hour texting and smoking cigarettes, I would have had that as part of her sentence,” Judge Carr told WKYC. “But, clearly, she’s missing the point. Clearly, it’s still a situation where she’s defiant.”
She said she would supervise Hardin’s final day of sign holding, but later backed out saying she did not want to cause a scene. Hardin was subjected to the occasional taunt and was scolded by the mother of a girl in a wheelchair who was trying to board the school bus when Hardin used the sidewalk to drive around it.
“She has no remorse for what she’s done,” Kelley said. “She’s been texting, smoking her cigarettes, talking on the cell phone. She don’t care. This is no punishment for her.”
They should have made her wear on of those old school sandwich board things. But honestly, that’s the only drawback with public shaming. It really only works against people who have learned shame to begin with.