I have always hated bullies. I used to see them at school, picking on weaker kids, and absolutely nothing would be done about it, due to the fact they would usually be members of the football team, or the prettier girls.
But bullying didn’t stop there. You moved into the workplace, and you saw managers and staff picking on weaker members of the team. And once again, bugger all would be done about it.
This is why I found this story from Cleveland, USA, so much fun.
A man accused of bullying his neighbours for 15 years, including children with disabilities, was forced to sit on a busy intersection with the following sign.
“I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in.”
Edmond Aviv, 62, pleaded no contest to a fourth-degree misdemeanour charge of disorderly conduct. He denies bullying the family of Sandra Prugh.
Prugh’s letter to the court says that in 1998, Aviv jogged past her and spit at her. He later spat at her while she was planting flowers in her backyard, according to the letter.
Aviv later called Prugh a “monkey momma,” according to the letter. The letter says Aviv used the slur while she held her two adopted African-American children, both of whom had disabilities.
Prugh also claimed Aviv regularly threw dog poo on her son’s car windshield and once smeared excrement on a new wheelchair ramp the family built for their disabled children.
If all these things are true, he sounds lovely.
‘Ruining His Life’
Obviously Mr Aviv is not too impressed with the punishment, claiming it has ‘ruined his life’.
Yes, there are complaints that this is public degradation, and that is rather unfair. But I like to think that this will encourage him to act in a more ‘wholesome manner’ in the future.
Let’s hope he sees the error of his ways!