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Cleveland woman takes her medicine for passing bus

Shena Hardin will have the sign again on Wednesday.

TONY DEJAK/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Shena Hardin will have the sign again on Wednesday.

CLEVELAND — A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to pass a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children stood in the cold Tuesday at an intersection holding a sign warning people about idiots.

A Cleveland Municipal Court judge ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to serve the highly public sentence for one hour Tuesday and Wednesday for the Sept. 11 citation.

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She arrived bundled up against the 34-degree cold, wearing headphones as passing vehicles honked.

Satellite TV trucks were on hand to stream the event live near downtown Cleveland.

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The sign read: ‘‘Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.’’

Hardin declined to comment, as did her mother, who watched from a parked car.

Hardin’s license was suspended for 30 days and she was ordered to pay $250 in court costs.

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Lisa Kelley, whose 9-year-old daughter boards the bus that Hardin had been passing on the sidewalk, said the sentence fit the crime.

‘‘She’s an idiot, just like her sign says,’’ Kelley said as she watched Hardin lean against a fence, her head down and her eyes hidden by dark glasses.

‘‘She did this almost every day last year,’’ Kelley said. ‘‘She won’t stop laughing. She’s not remorseful, she laughed at every court appearance. She’s still laughing, so she needs to be humiliated like this.’’

Kelley said she was only sorry the woman was standing in the cold and not the rain or snow.

Associated Press

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