Ohio Man Chooses His Punishment for Littering

Posted Dec 7, 2007 by Andi Bryant
An Ohio man chose the punishment he should receive for littering in a small Ohio town. He passed up the options of jail time, fines or community service to pose as a human sign along the streets of Bridgeport wearing a pink sandwich board.
Tommy LaShare was caught dumping the contents of his ashtray in the street outside his house in Bridgeport, Ohio. When he faced Mayor John Callarik for his littering offense, he was given the choice of punishments; serve some jail time, tackle some community service, pay $1,000 in fines or walk the streets of Bridgeport for 16 hours (broken down into two 8-hour stints) wearing a hot pink sandwich board.
LaShare chose to wear the sandwich board. The message on the board read "Cigarette Butts are Litter". Mayor Callarik is prepared to tackle the problems of littering in this small town of 2,200 people and fully plans to offer the same punishment to other litterers as well.
Of his human sign stint, LaShare says, "It won't make me stop smoking, but I know one thing for sure, I'll never throw out cigarette butts again."