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Like: After Driving On Sidewalk To Pass School Bus, Woman Must Wear ‘Idiot’ Sign

featured-like“‘Justice has been served!’ declares the man who helped police in Cleveland nab a woman who had been driving up on a sidewalk many mornings to get around a stopped school bus with children on board.”

Via: NPR

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • Wait, seriously? You LIKE this?

    First of all, the scarlet letter shame punishment is only hilarious for as long as it’s happening to someone you don’t like. How about when a judge in pedestrian-unfriendly cities like Atlanta decides to get creative with an “Only an idiot would walk on the street” sign? Will it be such a great idea then? I think not.

    Second of all, on top of the sign, her punishment consists of a 30-day license suspension, and a $500 fine. That’s ridiculous, and an unacceptably light punishment for the sort of behavior on display by this woman on a regular basis – from the absolute disregard for the safety of others to the sheer arrogance of pulling that stunt on a regular basis.

    A month in prison, permanent license revocation and having her car confiscated would have been – well, no, that probably is still letting her off too easy. What’s the maximum allowable prison sentence for a reckless endangerment conviction? Multiply that by 84.

    There’s not a big enough dislike in the world for this. I’m, frankly, personally offended.

  • Oh, no, wait, I’m sorry, I appear to have gotten the exact number wrong. The fine isn’t $500, it’s $250.

    If anything, that only infuriates me more.

  • I suppose we’ll have to agree to disagree, then.

    For the record, if my earlier post was not clear: I’m personally offended at Shena Hardin and at the judge who handed down this despicable ruling. I’m not offended at you for liking the decision.

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