Edmond Aviv, 62, has a really hard time playing nice in the sandbox: He likes to yell racist slurs at little kids in his neighborhood, especially if they're disabled in some way, regularly smeared a neighbor's car with dog poop, has dumped fabric softener all over a lawn, and spat on a woman he charmingly referred to as "monkey momma." He's also unsurprisingly been convicted four times of harassing his neighbors, and this time around the Ohio judge in the case had Aviv cool his heels at an intersection in South Euclid with a sign that read "I AM A BULLY!" Aviv's reaction after five hours of hoots and honks yesterday? "The judge destroyed me. This isn't fair at all."
"He called me porch monkey a couple times and the N-word," says a 21-year-old who grew up in the neighborhood. "I told my parents at the time and they said to avoid his house and be the bigger person. This punishment is great. Justice has been served." By the Plain-Dealer's reckoning, Aviv elicited honks from 95 passing drivers, 89 who yelled insults, and 14 people who took pictures or talked to him; but some people turned the other cheek, with a couple of offers of water and lunch. Aviv, who is also doing community service and anger management counseling, pretty much ignored everybody.