Ohio driver sentenced to hold 'idiot' sign

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#1 Posted by The-Apostle (12193 posts) -

http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-504083_162-10014525.html

Yeah... Driving on a sidewalk to pass a school bus driving children is a GREAT idea! :P

#2 Posted by TrainerCeleste (1633 posts) -
wth xD That's the best punishment ever
#3 Posted by Celldrax (14778 posts) -

"only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a bus"

mhm.

#4 Posted by Aljosa23 (25905 posts) -

Awesome punishment. More judges need to get creative rather than just slap a fine or jail time.

#5 Posted by ghoklebutter (19327 posts) -
I approve of this.
#6 Posted by michaelP4 (16680 posts) -
The punishment fits the crime, hehe!
#7 Posted by Pirate700 (46465 posts) -

Awesome punishment. More judges need to get creative rather than just slap a fine or jail time.

Aljosa23

#8 Posted by DaBrainz (7721 posts) -
He should of sentenced all Ohioans to hold an "idiot" sign.
#9 Posted by Rioichi21Cooper (240 posts) -

pmsl, that's a great punishment!

#10 Posted by GazaAli (23623 posts) -
That is not a great punishment, its demeaning and inhumane.
#11 Posted by ghoklebutter (19327 posts) -

He should of sentenced all Ohioans to hold an "idiot" sign.DaBrainz

Delicious tears

#12 Posted by sfkm2 (67807 posts) -
Fine is enough. The driver is wrong but judge didn't have to do that. The fine pretty much did the damage. Holding up a sign saying idiot is foul. You calling that woman out of her name. "Creative rather than just slap a fine or jail time" huh? That statement has flaws. You do know that right. I can get a fine for something minor than what the driver did.
#13 Posted by sSubZerOo (43973 posts) -
That is not a great punishment, its demeaning and inhumane.GazaAli
Sure it is, if anything that will stop him from ever doing something like that again (which was dangerous) than any fine given to him..
#14 Posted by dave123321 (34363 posts) -
He should of sentenced all Ohioans to hold an "idiot" sign.DaBrainz
What's wrong with Ohio?
#15 Posted by Wasdie (50599 posts) -

That's a perfect punishment.

#16 Posted by iowastate (7873 posts) -

that punishment should be handed out more often.

#17 Posted by TrainerCeleste (1633 posts) -
That is not a great punishment, its demeaning and inhumane.GazaAli
But less dangerous and destructive when you compare it to a pedestrian that could have been struck and killed/handicapped/injured/put out of work walking on the sidewalk :)
#18 Posted by DaBrainz (7721 posts) -
[QUOTE="DaBrainz"]He should of sentenced all Ohioans to hold an "idiot" sign.dave123321
What's wrong with Ohio?

A combination of cops that look for Michigan license plates and those a-holes in Columbus in scarlet..
#19 Posted by soulless4now (41381 posts) -

Kudos to that punishment. :P

#20 Posted by Zeviander (9503 posts) -
This is the kind of justice that prevents people from doing it again. Fines and slaps in the wrist just don't do it anymore.
#21 Posted by Nuck81 (5967 posts) -
That is not a great punishment, its demeaning and inhumane.GazaAli
Agreed, should have just publicly cut off one of his hands and one foot so he couldn't drive anymore right?
#22 Posted by R4gn4r0k (17478 posts) -

That is not a great punishment, its demeaning and inhumane.GazaAli

Not if it makes her think twice about doing something as stupid next time she wants to pass a schoolbus

#23 Posted by CountBleck12 (4144 posts) -

That's awesome.

#24 Posted by Sajo7 (14049 posts) -
That is not a great punishment, its demeaning and inhumane.GazaAli
In all likelihood the sentence was an alternative to the standard fine. At least that has been the case with other bizarre sentences in the past.
#25 Posted by Laihendi (5834 posts) -
It's troubling that the government apparently has the power to shame and ridicule people for no constructive purpose.
#26 Posted by MrGeezer (57032 posts) -

Awesome punishment. More judges need to get creative rather than just slap a fine or jail time.

Aljosa23
Honestly, I don't see it as being much of a punishment. Two hours of mild public humiliation? That's barely a punishment at all.
#27 Posted by WhiteKnight77 (12018 posts) -

[QUOTE="GazaAli"]That is not a great punishment, its demeaning and inhumane.sSubZerOo
Sure it is, if anything that will stop him from ever doing something like that again (which was dangerous) than any fine given to him..

Her, not him.

#28 Posted by MrGeezer (57032 posts) -

Not if it makes her think twice about doing something as stupid next time she wants to pass a schoolbus

R4gn4r0k
I could be wrong. But if she was really that concerned about looking like an idiot, I doubt she would have committed that crime in the first place.
#29 Posted by WhiteKnight77 (12018 posts) -

It's troubling that the government apparently has the power to shame and ridicule people for no constructive purpose.Laihendi

It has been used in the past (think the stockade where your head and wrists were locked up) where you were stood outside to serve a sentence. It really needs to be used more often if you really think about it.

#30 Posted by WhiteKnight77 (12018 posts) -

It's troubling that the government apparently has the power to shame and ridicule people for no constructive purpose.Laihendi

It has been used in the past (think the stockade where your head and wrists were locked up) where you were stood outside to serve a sentence. It really needs to be used more often if you really think about it.

Damn, GlitchSpot is acting up again. Shifty smiley

#31 Posted by Sajo7 (14049 posts) -

[QUOTE="Laihendi"]It's troubling that the government apparently has the power to shame and ridicule people for no constructive purpose.WhiteKnight77

It has been used in the past (think the stockade where your head and wrists were locked up) where you were stood outside to serve a sentence. It really needs to be used more often if you really think about it.

Citing centuries old legal precedent is tricky, by the same token I could argue to bring back witch burnings, or "separate but equal" segregation laws. :P
#32 Posted by WhiteKnight77 (12018 posts) -

[QUOTE="WhiteKnight77"]

It has been used in the past (think the stockade where your head and wrists were locked up) where you were stood outside to serve a sentence. It really needs to be used more often if you really think about it.

Sajo7

Citing centuries old legal precedent is tricky, by the same token I could argue to bring back witch burnings, or "separate but equal" segregation laws. :P

I have no problem with humiliation though I would draw the line at witch burnings.

#33 Posted by MrGeezer (57032 posts) -
I have no problem with humiliation though I would draw the line at witch burnings.WhiteKnight77
The thing is, you can't force people to do this kind of stuff. All the lady had to do was...not do it. Then she'd probably go to jail or something, but so what? If these odd humiliation-style punishments are just an alternative to traditional punishments like jail time, then the only people who'll do it in the first place are those who think that jail is even worse. Any way you look at it, this kind of stuff is pretty much always LESS of a punishment than the normal stuff, otherwise people wouldn't agree to do it in the first place. She's getting off easy. She knows she's taking the easy way out, that's precisely why she went along with it.
#34 Posted by MrPraline (21331 posts) -
It's troubling that the government apparently has the power to shame and ridicule people for no constructive purpose.Laihendi
#35 Posted by Sajo7 (14049 posts) -

[QUOTE="Sajo7"][QUOTE="WhiteKnight77"]

It has been used in the past (think the stockade where your head and wrists were locked up) where you were stood outside to serve a sentence. It really needs to be used more often if you really think about it.

WhiteKnight77

Citing centuries old legal precedent is tricky, by the same token I could argue to bring back witch burnings, or "separate but equal" segregation laws. :P

I have no problem with humiliation though I would draw the line at witch burnings.

Well my point is simply saying that we used to do something isn't a sufficient argument in support of it.
#36 Posted by WhiteKnight77 (12018 posts) -

[QUOTE="WhiteKnight77"]I have no problem with humiliation though I would draw the line at witch burnings.MrGeezer
The thing is, you can't force people to do this kind of stuff. All the lady had to do was...not do it. Then she'd probably go to jail or something, but so what? If these odd humiliation-style punishments are just an alternative to traditional punishments like jail time, then the only people who'll do it in the first place are those who think that jail is even worse. Any way you look at it, this kind of stuff is pretty much always LESS of a punishment than the normal stuff, otherwise people wouldn't agree to do it in the first place. She's getting off easy. She knows she's taking the easy way out, that's precisely why she went along with it.

I am usually the guy that often takes a strict view on sentencing and charges. I want the monther who has lost a child in a wreck to be charged for and fined for not having their kid in a child safety seat (this happened in the city I live in, but wasn't fined as she had lost to much, :roll: ). I am all for making an example out of someone and in this case, she is being made an example of for others to see. I would be just as fine with her being sent to jail for a year.

#37 Posted by dave123321 (34363 posts) -

[QUOTE="sSubZerOo"][QUOTE="GazaAli"]That is not a great punishment, its demeaning and inhumane.WhiteKnight77

Sure it is, if anything that will stop him from ever doing something like that again (which was dangerous) than any fine given to him..

Her, not him.

mhm
#38 Posted by MrGeezer (57032 posts) -

I am usually the guy that often takes a strict view on sentencing and charges. I want the monther who has lost a child in a wreck to be charged for and fined for not having their kid in a child safety seat (this happened in the city I live in, but wasn't fined as she had lost to much, :roll: ). I am all for making an example out of someone and in this case, she is being made an example of for others to see. I would be just as fine with her being sent to jail for a year.

WhiteKnight77
Don't get me wrong, I don't particularly have anything against this kind of punishment. It might be enough of a punishment. I'm just saying...some people are sort of acting as if jail and fines aren't a real punishment, and the way to really get to people is to do these kind of embarrassing novelty punishments. And it's not really like that at all. You can't force people to do this stuff. If she thought this punishment was so bad, all she had to do was not show up. Any way you look at it, she's being allowed to choose her punishment, and she's gonna choose the lesser punishment. So whenever these kinds of weird punishments are handed out, the person is pretty much always getting off easy. Not that I'm against it. Even if she's getting off easy, it still might be enough to keep her from committing the crime again. So yeah...better than sending her to jail. I'm just saying...this IS the lesser punishment, otherwise she would've just not bothered showing up. EDIT: As far as making an example of people, think about what she REALLY has to do. She's having to spend a whopping two hours standing on a street being mildly embarrassed. That might be sufficient in this case, but I don't really think it sets much of an example. You make an example of people by giving them the maximum penalty allowed, not by letting them off easy.
#39 Posted by muller39 (14944 posts) -
I approve of this.ghoklebutter
#40 Posted by konvikt_17 (22347 posts) -

so let me get this straight.

she drove on the sidewalk, to pass a bus, the was unloading children.

so had endangered several children.

and her only punishment was having to hold a sign for 2 fvcking hours?

SMH

#41 Posted by sfkm2 (67807 posts) -

This is the kind of justice that prevents people from doing it again. Fines and slaps in the wrist just don't do it anymore.Zeviander

:lol: I can't stop laughing. :lol:

Now I can stop. It doesn't work if it is a different crime or the same crime...... again. How many times Lindsay got arrest for the same thing?

I can wait....

Judge didn't do anything but add something ridiculous to the fine. If I had a fine like that, I pay it and won't do it again. That's a lesson I will forever remember. Like the user above my post. I'm smh because the driver didn't serve time but for 2 hours holding a sign + a fine....... COME ON!

#42 Posted by MrPraline (21331 posts) -
And using the justice system to become some sort of edgy hero judge for the Twitter generation: always -1000.
#43 Posted by dave123321 (34363 posts) -
And using the justice system to become some sort of edgy hero judge for the Twitter generation: always -1000. MrPraline
mhm, comes off as insecure and floundering
#44 Posted by NailedGR (997 posts) -

He should of sentenced all Ohioans to hold an "idiot" sign.DaBrainz

That's funny because you wrote "should of" instead of "should have".

I could tell you why that is funny but it's funnier to have you be obvlivious.

#45 Posted by dave123321 (34363 posts) -

[QUOTE="DaBrainz"]He should of sentenced all Ohioans to hold an "idiot" sign.NailedGR

That's funny because you wrote "should of" instead of "should have".

I could tell you why that is funny but it's funnier to have you be obvlivious.

you showed him
#46 Posted by The_Zoid (59973 posts) -
Good. If someone is going to be literally that stupid, they deserve to be a public spectacle.
#47 Posted by m0zart (11568 posts) -

I don't and can never approve of this sort of inventive punishment from those behind the bench. We once had a character here named Ted Poe who did that sort of crap all the time. Every ruling I saw him make in that regard was a circus show on his part, attempting to become popular with the public at large. It worked too, since he now sits in Congress.

#48 Posted by OB-47 (10909 posts) -

And using the justice system to become some sort of edgy hero judge for the Twitter generation: always -1000. MrPraline

This times A milly

#49 Posted by Diablo-B (4053 posts) -
[QUOTE="GazaAli"]That is not a great punishment, its demeaning and inhumane.sSubZerOo
Sure it is, if anything that will stop him from ever doing something like that again (which was dangerous) than any fine given to him..

I disagree. This is an easy punishment. Stand up holding a piece of cardboard for an hour for 2 days. If you have an ipod or smartphone not only would this be easy compared to losing money or jail time but its also rather relaxing.
#50 Posted by thebest31406 (3571 posts) -
That's humiliating. A judge would just have to put me in jail (not saying I'd do such a thing)