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Girl Forced to Wear Sign as Punishment

SACRAMENTO –

It’s probably best we don’t know the name of the girl in the picture. After all, we do know what she did. She’s holding a blaring,¬†green sign confessing to it.

“Humiliation. That’s the first thing that came to my mind,” said Judy Moreno, who saw the girl with her sign while she was out shopping.

Moreno asked the girl what she’d done to be punished in that way–to be forced to hold the sign at the intersection of Marconi and Watt Avenues in Sacramento where hundreds if not thousands of cars drive by every hour

The girl said she had taken a dog from a friend’s family. She told Moreno they hadn’t noticed for months.

“Her degree of embarrassment was way up there because when we asked her about it, she just started coming down and crying,” Moreno said.

If the missing dog had gone unnoticed, the punishment certainly didn’t.

“It was way too much,” said Bridget Wilson, who also saw the sign.

Moreno asked the woman who was with a girl if it was okay to take a picture. ¬†She said the woman welcomed it. She identified herself as the girl’s sister, and her legal guardian and she said she was trying to set the girl on the right path.

“As a parent myself, there’s many different ways to do that,” Moreno said. “You don’t have to humiliate them.”

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