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Submission + - Swear in public? Pay $20 fine in Mass. town (google.com) 2

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Residents in Middleborough have voted to make the foul-mouthed among them pay fines for swearing in public. Officials insist the proposal was not intended to censor casual or private conversations, but instead to crack down on loud, profanity-laden language used by teens and other young people in the downtown area and public parks. The measure could raise questions about First Amendment rights, but state law does allow towns to enforce local laws that give police the power to arrest anyone who "addresses another person with profane or obscene language" in a public place.

Another local merchant, Robert Saquet, described himself as "ambivalent" about the no-swearing proposal, likening it to try to enforce a ban on the seven dirty words of George Carlin, a nod to a famous sketch by the late comedian. "In view of words commonly used in movies and cable TV, it's kind of hard to define exactly what is obscene," said Paquet, who owns a downtown furniture store.

What about if they say 'Jehovah' . . . ?

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Swear in public? Pay $20 fine in Mass. town

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  • While I'm all for First Amendment rights, there is a clear and distinct difference between someone saying 'fuck' or something similar once or twice in a conversation, and someone saying 'fuck' every other word.

    I was once at a fast food joint and while sitting there, some redneck (for lack of a better word), was on his phone in line swearing up a storm about some construction job. Everyone in the entire place heard his conversation. That would have been a cause for the fine.

    It's called civility. If you th

  • "You are fined one credit for violation of the verbal morality statute"

Can anyone remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?