The “badge of shame” punishment tactic used in the 1850 book The Scarlet Letter seems to be making a comeback. Cleveland resident, Sheena Hardin, received a sentence on Monday to wear a sign labeling her an ‘idiot,’ after driving on a sidewalk to avoid a school bus stop sign.
School bus driver Uriah Herron caught Ms. Hardin driving on the sidewalk to avoid stopping for the students and videotaped her doing so. Herron told the police, and a few days later Hardin was caught doing it a second time.
In addition to a 30-day license suspension and a $250 fine for court costs, Judge Pinkey S. Carr ordered Hardin to stand in the intersection where the violation occurred wearing a 22″ x 22″ sign with the words, “Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.”
According to ABC News, Hardin must wear the sign next Tuesday and Wednesday, from 7:45am to 8:45am.
What are your thoughts on this sentence? Is Harrin’s shame-sign warranted?