Middleborough Swearing Problem Leads to New Law to Fine Cursing
Middleborough Swearing Problem Leads to New Law to Fine Cursing - Town may fine people for swearing, A Massachusetts town is considering turning the concept of a swear jar into a local law. Under action proposed by the town's police chief, Middleborough, Mass., officials would fine people who use "vulgar language". The swearing ban is reportedly already on the books, but the chief wants to enforce it aggressively.
Middleborough, Mass. is considering passing a law that would allow police officers to fine swearers $20. Some Middleborough residents are pleased with the law, which Police Chief Bruce Gates says would improve the quality of life, but others see it as an overreach by the government.
"We need to do something; the swearing is outrageous," business owner Muriel C. Duphily told the WickedLocal.com.
While it is unknown exactly what words will qualify for fines, Police Chief Gates says that the mere act of policing them will help improve residents' quality of life and deter behavior "that a lot of people don't want to see downtown."
The proposal comes at a time when many smaller communities are cracking down on what they deem "unruly behavior." Weston, a small town in South Florida, has officially banned dance clubs and skating rinks from its borders. The law came as a natural progression since residents were already complaining about noise pollution and large crowds.
Back in Middleborough, Duphily is hopeful that the new ticketing system "will make them [teens] understand what is acceptable behavior and what is not."
Others, however, feel that the law is a bit archaic and merely government overreaching in its authority. "Freedom of speech or legit issue?" Joe Leverone tweeted. That was a rather mild protest compared to other comments left on Twitter, which were clearly protesting the proposals by cursing as much as possible.
One user, however, posed an interesting question. "Can good morals be taught through government fines?" That comment, by Aaron Olsen, is certainly one worth considering as the bill for the new law moves for a vote in June.