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CLEVELAND -- "I'm like Burger King, have it your way."

That was the line of the day from Cleveland Municipal Judge Pinkey Carr during sentencing for a man who refused to follow the rules.

Richard Dameron, 58, was supposed to show up at the 2nd District Police Headquarters on Monday morning to serve his sentence for threatening to kill a Cleveland police officer.

He never showed.

Back in February, he called 911 and threatened to kill retired Cleveland Officer James Simone. Carr ordered him to hold a sign that reads, "I apologize to Officer Simone and all police officers for being an idiot calling 911 threatening to kill you. I'm sorry and it will never happen again."

The problem is when Bailiff David Morrow hand-delivered Judge Carr's homemade sign, Dameron reportedly told him, "this is BS and I'm not going to do it.

Then came sentencing time on Monday morning and Dameron was a no-show.

Dameron apologized in court saying, "I'm sorry I made a mistake. I got scared with the media around me. I let my brother hold my sign and he couldn't bring it down to me."

Judge Carr didn't buy any of his excused.

"When I ask you to do something, it's an order. It's not an option," Carr explained. "So please please don't tell my bailiff what you're not going to do. It's an order. So since you were kind enough to say you would do another 90 days, you will. On your probation violation, I was going to give you 30 or 60 days, but since you said 90, you can do another 90. No problem sir. I'm like Burger King, you can have it your way."

He offended law enforcement, the community, and now Judge Carr. So he'll spend his entire summer in jail. Then Labor Day week, he will have to wear the sign for three hours every morning.

"So that we're clear, you will wear this, you don't even have to hold it," added an angry Judge Carr. "As I indicated, I spent my Memorial Day making this. I don't want you to hold it. There will be no talking on a cell phone, no sitting or no smoking. It's three hours, get over it."

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