How To Publicly Shame Someone
Public shaming isn’t always the right punishment, and it can be taken too far. But when done right, it’s the perfect way to punish selfish idiots for their misdeeds.
By Paula Kashtan
Who: Oli Beale’s neighbors
Why: They sang at the top of their lungs all night
When Oli Beale of the London borough of Hackney couldn’t ignore his neighbors’ “singing/screaming on their balcony,” he decided to go all Simon Cowell on their asses. So the next morning, he posted an hour-by-hour review of all the songs they sang, from The Who’s “Pinball Wizard” (“Terrible. 3 out of 10.”) to The Cure’s “Friday I’m In Love” (“A return to poor form. 2 out of 10.”). He posted the sign on the block’s communal message board and his Twitter account. The lesson here: Always invite your neighbors when you’re throwing a party.
Who: Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Judge Joan Melvin
Why: She was corrupt
After being convicted of running a corrupt campaign to earn her seat, former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Judge Joan Melvin was court-ordered to send a picture of herself wearing handcuffs to every other judge in the state. Sure, the punishment embarrassed Melvin and saved money on housing her in prison, but it also served as fodder for dudes with handcuff fetishes who dig lying politicians.