DM – A Cleveland woman has been filmed driving on the sidewalk – past the entrance to a local day-care – to avoid waiting for a school bus. Shena Hardin, 32, appeared in court Tuesday morning and pleaded ‘not guilty’ to charges of not stopping for a school bus and reckless operation. A Cleveland Schools bus driver has been credited with helping police to catch Hardin making her illegal maneuver. He claims that she had been breaking the law on a regular basis for months by mounting the sidewalk each morning to get past his school bus when it is stopped on a two-lane street to pick up a disabled child. A sting was set-up and successfully caught Hardin commit the illegal act on September 11. The bus driver filmed the incident and as the footage shows, the police were waiting to give Hardin a ticket.
I have to admit, I’m really torn about this story. It’s just moral ambiguity all over the place. Because on the one hand, there are few things in life that give me as much pleasure as seeing another driver get pulled over for doing something I wanted to do but didn’t. Like the highlight of my summer every year is heading to the Cape, getting passed by some jagoff driving the breakdown lane to get around the traffic, then coming around the last curve before the Sagamore and seeing a Statie screaming at him. It’s schadenfreude at its finest. On the other hand, I can totally see where my girl Shena is coming from here. Five mornings a week I get stuck behind the Hingham school bus. And not only does it stop every 150 feet, all the Beautiful People, all the rich, hot ChaChingham moms in their yoga pants and North Face pullovers have to do the goodbye scene from “E.T.” every time, instead of just hustling them onto the bus and getting back into their McMansions for some mimosas and Zoloft and a BJ for the pool boy so I can get to work. And there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t dream of doing what Shena did but don’t have the balls to. So in some ways, she’s not just some reckless, stupid lawbreaker. She’s an American hero.
Wait. On second thought, she was going the other way? Who wastes a perfectly good “Passing a School Bus” ticket when you’re not behind them? I mean, if you’re going to do the time, you ought to at least make it worth doing the crime. I take it back. She’s an idiot. @JerryThornton1