No swearing in town, I swear!

Massachusetts town to vote on $20 fines for cursing in public

Fox News: Mimi Duphily was hanging baskets of pink geraniums on antique street lamps downtown for the Middleborough Beautification and Activities Group when she noticed something else that needed cleaning up — citizens’ mouths.

“The cursing has gotten very, very bad. I find it appalling and I won’t tolerate it,” said Duphily, a civic leader in the otherwise quiet New England community, which calls itself the Cranberry Capital of the World. “No person should be allowed to talk in that manner.”

Soon, Middleborough residents who do could risk a $20 fine.

Duphily, 63, tried scolding the cursers – whom she describes as young people shouting the “F-word” back and forth — with a stern, “Hey kids, that’s enough!” Then she conferred with the Beautification and Activities Group, which informed the Middleborough Business Coalition, which then called a summit with Middleborough Police Chief Bruce Gates, who now, in his sworn role, is trying to stomp out swears.

He is asking citizens to vote at the annual Town Meeting on Monday to flush potty mouths by granting police the power to issue $20 civil tickets to anyone who publicly “accosts” another person verbally with profanity.

He isn’t targeting ordinary swears, like an understandable expletive uttered after a Red Sox loss. He said he is aiming at offenses like “profane language at some attractive female walking through town.” His officers patrol on bikes and can already give tickets for public drinking, rubbish thrown in streets and more. Cursing is another “quality of life” issue, he said.

After all, who wants to go downtown and “listen to that baloney?” he said.

I certainly agree with them in that I don’t want to hear baloney like that yet apparently this woman hasn’t heard of the First Amendment. 

One would think that the police in this city would have higher priorities.  Yet with a budget deficit of over $500,000, I guess they need to find additional revenues elsewhere.

DCG 

9 responses to “No swearing in town, I swear!

  1. Ya know, GF, I told Mimi a million times not to exaggerate, and to stop swearing, as it sounds like Hell!

  2. Government is just plain dumb. They do everything they can to remove God, Jesus, prayer, and destroy the church, and then when people start acting like animals they try to legislate morality. Doh.

    • So who ever said humans were all equally intelligent? Dr Joseph Chilton Pearce, the world-renown child development expert, distinguishes sharply between ‘intelligent’ and ‘intellectual’, which humans claim to be so superior in, compared to all other life forms. But as he so very rightly points out, his dog may be intelligent, but it cannot said to an intellectual! Thus, the sad spectacle of genius level men creating nuclear weapons for the destruction of all life, including their own and their families, if they managed to have one. So just how intelligent is that? When was the last time you heard of a woman making weapons of mass destruction? And don’t blame Marie Curie, OK?

      For thirty years I’ve said and written that women are more intelligent than men, and my business was at its very best when I had ONLY women as employees and managers. You would NOT believe the heat I took for that stance! The past year I hired men only and lost $30,000.00, so now I’m back to hiring women only. Sorry guys, but your minds are somewhere else than on the task at hand!

      • I don’t deserve anything for speaking the truth I know, and it’s cost me DEARLY this past year. I’m looking now to avoid bankruptcy. Thanks, guys, I WON’T forget you, and neither will my Poms!!!

      • Joseph, umm, er, as far as intelligence goes, well, maybe…but I’m gonna go out on a limb here and go against my own species for just a second. When I’ve worked in places that were comprised of all or mostly women, I noticed there was a gene women usually have that men don’t. That’s the gene that causes normal people to become catty, back-biting, gossipy people who aren’t content unless there’s some kind of drama going on. It’s the gene that causes Susie, when she sees cellulite on Cathy’s thighs at 8:10 a.m., to tell ten other co-workers about Cathy’s thighs by 8:47 a.m. It’s the gene that causes Mary, who saw Mike and Linda leave the parking lot within 5 minutes of each other for doctor appointments, start a snarky rumor about Mike and Linda’s true whereabouts. It’s the gene that makes Snooky throw her drink in J Wow’s face. It’s the gene that makes Shaniqua pull out Starwishi’s weave on Springer. That’s why, with all due respect, I would rather work with men. Or older women, who have tamed the “Mystery Gene”. No offense intended, just my life experience.

  3. “Hope springs eternal in the human breast….” and all that, dontcha know?

  4. Or maybe Mimi could get ear plugs?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s