'Sidewalk driver' wears 'idiot' sign as part of punishment

10:11 AM, Nov 13, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland woman caught on camera swerving onto a sidewalk in order to pass a school bus full of children stood at the same intersection wearing a sign that reads: "Only an idiot would drive around a school bus."

Last week, Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Pinkey S. Carr sentenced Sheena Hardin, 32, after she pleaded no contest to the charges of not stopping for a school bus and reckless operation on a street or highway.

Carr ordered Hardin to stand at the intersection of E. 38th Street and Payne Avenue Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this week wearing that sign.

The sign, according to Carr's orders, must be written on 22 x 22 white poster board with the text written in all capital letters in black marker.

Hardin must wear the sign from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. both days.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District bus driver Uriah Herron captured the video of Hardin driving on the sidewalk last September so that she wouldn't have to stop to wait for the children in the school bus to load and unload.

Hardin pleaded not guilty to the charges at a court hearing in September but reversed her plea in court last Monday.

Carr also ordered Hardin to pay $250 in court costs and suspended her license for 30 days.

Standing outside Tuesday, Hardin didn't say a word, only to her mother, who sat nearby in the car for an hour.

Hardin was ordered to hold the sign, but she mostly just held a cigarette -- and listened to her headphones.

Neighbor Tonya Blakely said, "She should be holding that up, she really should, and she should be looking at the cars and everybody going past. That's what she should be doing."

Plenty of people driving by shouted things out the window, about how they wished the sentence was a little more stiff.

Because this crime was a misdemeanor, Hardin would have only paid court costs, so this was something extra Carr could add.

We spoke with Carr by phone and she's not happy with how today went. She tells us she'll pay Hardin a visit when she's back in the same spot Wednesday morning at 7:45 to serve the second part of her sentence.


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