POLL: Is Public Cussing a Crime?
A town in Massachusetts would like you to put your money where your potty mouth is. Could it work in Coventry?
Public profanity is now a punishable crime in Middleborough, Mass., based on a recent town meeting vote in the town of 21,000.
According to an Associated Press story, some of the momentum came from downtown merchants who were weary of people hanging around the downtown cussing and swearing like it was nobody's business. Residents voted 183-50 to approve a proposal from the town chief of police to impose a $20 fine on public profanity. While the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled government can't prohibit public speech just because it contains profanity, Middleborough police will now be able to ticket someone if they believe the town's cursing ban was violated.
What is your take on public profanity? Are you tired of it, too? Is it time to fine, or should all speech be free?
Vote now, and feel free to leave a comment (just don't cuss. We don't fine you, but we don't like to encourage the potty mouth here, either.)