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Court orders reckless driver to wear 'idiot' sign

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andreafields's comment, November 7, 2012 7:11 PM
In this case, I feel that the punishment does fit the crime. I think that the fine was reasonable; suspension of Ms. Hardin’s license was appropriate; and having her wear an idiot sign, well, that was an interesting surprise. She could’ve been dealt worse. I have a feeling that Ms. Hardin won’t commit this crime again after having to wear the sign. To me, that’s humiliating enough. I’d be surprised if she does do this again. Plus, having the video put on the internet, is doubly humiliating because it doesn’t have to ever go away.
LaDonna Coghill's comment, November 14, 2012 12:20 AM
Wow. I too think that the punishments fit the crime, she didn't even hesitate when swerving onto that sidewalk to avoid the bus, and she just went for it. As for having to wear the sign, does this really happen? I can’t help but laugh. I can’t imagine how humiliating it will be for her to have to stand on the street wearing it and having to hear all the comments yelled her way from others. So embarrassing, i don't think that i have ever heard of such an embarrassing punishment but if i have to guess, i bet it will work and she won’t be doing that ever again, not to mention the example that she is setting to others. It was an idiotic thing to do though, no question about that, but i am curious as to what her reasoning was when she was pulled over by the police, where was she in such a hurry to go?

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