William Taylor stood shame-faced on a busy road with the large homemade sign draped round his neck saying: 'I cheated. This is my punishment.'
Taylor said his wife had come up with the humiliating punishment after she found out he had cheated on her.
William Taylor was forced to stand at a busy junction wearing this sign after his wife caught him cheating on her with another woman
The wife, who has not been named, found evidence of his affair on his mobile phone.
Taylor, of Centreville, Virginia, said his wife had wanted him to stand with the sign for a week.
But after a couple of hours he received a call to say his punishment was over.
He told a local TV station in Virginia that he thought his wife was joking when she suggested the idea.
'I thought she was kidding, but she was serious,' he said.
'I figured I got to do what I got to do to makes things right. So here I am.'
Dozens of drivers honked their car horns as they saw Taylor standing forlornly on the busy junction during the morning rush hour.
He began his punishment at 9am and two hours later received a call from his wife telling him he could return home.
Passing cars honked at him as they passed. He was forced to stand there for two hours