We have laws that define disorderly conduct as a misdemeanor offense in Texas.<br />
These laws are to protect individuals from threats of obscenities. The offenders can be cited for verbal assault and for their hostility can be fined punishable by a fine of up to $500. Use “abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language,” of the kind likely to provoke a physical altercation. These are known legally as “fighting words.”<br />
I think in this area it doesn't infringe upon first amendment rights and is conducive to civility for the general public's welfare. <br />
I have been witness to customers cussing a fast food employee for a wrong order and getting belligerent to the point I called the police.<br />
I had to go to court and give testimony to what I witnessed and the judge gave the woman a $500 fine and ordered her successful completion of anger management classes for her actions in the court room.
From what I've read this is very similar to what Middlebro is attempting to do...if you say "oh ****, I forgot to pick up milk" in public ur not gonna get fined...the fine is for people shouting profanities left & right in public...two totally different scenarios. Reason being that the profanities in their downtown business area is so bad that a lot of businesses are losing business because customers don't feel comfortable walking thru the area as a result.
I don't think this is really so much about censorship as it is about common decency in public.
I was astonished that the woman in my experience didn't care to resolve the issue in a manner with a bit of dignity.
I was directly behind her in line and as I looked back I seen a family with children too young to be exposed to that kind of abuse. As they quickly left, I seen other families already seated and trying to enjoy their meal. I asked her to take it down a notch for the sake of the young ears in the restaurant. If it had been a march on city hall and the environment was a demonstration, I could see the right to voice whatever was in their hearts and minds as an adult situation would exist.
Just what I'd expect from pathetic little Middleboro.
beyond aggravating and extremely unacceptable, Americans should have an absolute right to say what they want where they want to.
**** that ****
I am going to have a serious shortage on $20.00dollar bills.....<br />
joyinthef_&##ckingjourney, clg<br />
to whom do i pay my 20?
Well I guess it's a way to help close the budget gap, I don't generally swear so it would not affect me. How are they going to patrol people in the homes and cars? Do they get turned in if they swear at a bar? Could get pretty tricky....
In the area i live i'm sure some people swear for a living. if they tried to on-the-spot fine here for public profanity there would be a riot in the first hour and a curfew in the second.
I don't either, I just know that when drunks come into the hospital, they certainly swear a lot. Lol
You can be charged with profanity ba<x>sed laws here in the UK. You can be fined up to £80 ($120 or so) but there is a loophole law, if under stress and you swear to a police officer you are automatically allowed a single swearword, beyond that you can be arrested jailed and fined. I have fairly strong views on freedom of speech but detest f#ckers who swear around children. Its fairly easy to control your language, but i disagree with it being enforced.
violence, alcohol abuse, overpopulating the planet, thats fine...just no swearing, swearing is bad, it makes jesus cry
Archaic like laws against spitting on the sidewalk or ground.
What??? you say it has nothing to do with freedom of speech but the whole point of freedom of speech is to be able to say what ever you want, so this does sort of contradict the point of free speech.
Our police here don't have the time. The bullets are more lethal than words here.
If such law is there, it would protect one's self esteem. At the same time even bad person can move around without a fear of any curses.
That it's a good idea. An occasional damn or sh*t I can live with but when it's a constant stream of expletives often from bad mothers and "lads/ladies on the town" then it becomes something else, ruining another persons time out especially if they are with children. Swearing is not clever and it has nothing to do with freedom of speech.
indeed and agreed.
**** **** son of a ***** mother ****** say what u want to say freedom of speech give me liberty or give me death
Fck that ****.
kinda kills freedom of speech
well freedom of speech is very important, next thing you know there will be a tax on all people who are not christan,
ooh boy, I better not visit there- sometimes i don't even realize I'm doing it- it's a reflex if some a hole pizzes me off.
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