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Old 06-12-2012, 10:39 AM
 
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what the f*** oh dang it there goes another twenty


Massachusetts town approves $20 fine for swearing in public - U.S. News


soon they will fine people for farting in pubic
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:49 AM
 
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It's like Demolition Man.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:54 AM
 
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"One man's vulgarity is another's lyric"
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Pa
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Ever been in the mall with young children, just trying to enjoy some time together? Have a group of late teens walk by you and every other word is the F bomb? I have.
Ever gone to a ball game and taken a 7 yearold who loves the sport? Get stuck behind foul mouthed human trash? I have.

I am a sailor and in private can swear like one. I also have enough class to not do it in public. I can understand why a town might pass such a law. I disagree with it but understand it. I would prefer a law that allows me to kick a foul mouthed piece of human trash in the arse when they knowingly swear in front of my wife or a young child.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:58 AM
 
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Policing profanity: Vulgar as it is, swearing is protected speech - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"No one can dispute that cursing is vulgar and impolite, but it is also a constitutionally protected form of speech. As part of a $17,500 settlement announced Tuesday with the ACLU, Pennsylvania's state troopers will get a reminder in the mail that they can't cite people for unleashing offensive words or gestures at police or civilians."

"Let's hope their local brethren also will take a lesson. In 2009, the ACLU settled a similar lawsuit against Pittsburgh police for $50,000."
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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There are plenty of laws on the books for causing a public disturbance that can already be applied to people who swear. It's not anything new or novel.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Ever been in the mall with young children, just trying to enjoy some time together? Have a group of late teens walk by you and every other word is the F bomb? I have.
Ever gone to a ball game and taken a 7 yearold who loves the sport? Get stuck behind foul mouthed human trash? I have.

I am a sailor and in private can swear like one. I also have enough class to not do it in public. I can understand why a town might pass such a law. I disagree with it but understand it. I would prefer a law that allows me to kick a foul mouthed piece of human trash in the arse when they knowingly swear in front of my wife or a young child.
Lighten up Francis
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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Bud Light Swear Jar - YouTube

I think this is the real reason and intent for the law!

I'm really f*cking happy about it," Mimi Duphily, a store owner and former town selectwoman, said after the vote. "I'm sure there's going to be some fallout, but I think what we did was necessary, goddammit!"
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Norman, OK
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Exactly. You won't get fined for just swearing. It has to be in a loud, disturbing way. In essence, this is an extension of public disturbance laws already in place. I don't have a problem with it really.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:36 AM
 
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I can't be against a town wanting to govern themselves, this is how the people of Middleborough voted. (I personally wouldn't be too crazy about it though).
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