Massachusetts town approves $20 fine for swearing in public?
Oh fudge! The residents of Middleborough voted 183-50 at a town meeting Monday to approve the chief of police’s proposal to enforce a $20 fine on public potty-mouths. The move has attracted attention from as far away as England, whose leaders were certainly the targets of more than a few Massachusetts swear words a few centuries ago.
“Officials insist the proposal was not intended to censor casual or private conversations,” The Telegraph reported in London, “but instead to crack down on loud, profanity-laden language used by teens and other young people in the downtown area and public parks.”
Those who opted for the restriction on language, like Mimi Duphily, the owner of an auto-parts store and former town selectwoman, say the new rule was needed in order to make sure her customers weren’t uncomfortable.
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