S.O.T.E. = Scum of the earth, a bum, a lowlife, petty criminals, juvenile delinquents
S.O.T.E. was created in the mid 1970's in Astoria, Queens, New York by a group of high school seniors, who harassed unsuspecting "lowlifes" on the street by screaming at them "Scum of the Earth." Many times just driving closely by and scaring them. We also harassed hookers (sorry Viva) and pimps in Times Square shouting this phrase. It was sometimes coupled with "hey, you, YEAH YOU, YOU FAT F**K". It's amazing we weren't shot at given the times, although we were chased several times.
We referred to the practiced as "scumming"
"hey, you, YEAH YOU, YOU sote scum of the earth, get a fucking job!"