Bill Lipold, 37, who works nearby in the blue-collar neighborhood of older homes and factories, yelled “Why do you hate kids” to Hardin.
Perhaps you’ve heard the story about the Cleveland woman who passed a school bus by driving on the sidewalk because she was in such a hurry in the morning. Part of her sentence was to hold an “Idiot” sign on the corner of 38th and Superior, east of downtown Cleveland. My day job is no more than two blocks away.
Naturally, I went to take in the public shaming. Who doesn’t like a good, old fashioned shaming, right? Who doesn’t like to throw tomatoes at the hapless soul in the stockade?
Well, to be honest, this shaming wasn’t the most exciting public shaming. The woman stood on the corner with her sign reading, “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.” She would walk to a car. A gaggle of reporters would follow. She would walk back to the corner. The gaggle of reporters followed. The occasional motorist would honk or yell out the window of their car. The morning school bus, maybe even the one she evaded on the sidewalk, passed through the intersection.
Looking to inject a little excitement into the shaming, I started lobbing my own questions from across the intersection: “Can I get a comment?” “What do you think about school buses?” and “Why do you hate kids?”
It was that last quote which made it into the AP’s version of the story currently running on countless news sites. Every village has its idiot.