Without even knowing it, swearing has become one of our fastest ways to relieve the stress. Obviously it does not stand as a good example for children or for the community on the overall. One town in Massachusetts decided to put an end to public swearing. So, we present you Middleborough, the town that swears off swearing.
There are virtually endless factors that push us throughout the day. From the traffic lights, to traffic jams and bad drivers, to hot coffee and crowded public transportation, a day out in the city can turn all your hot buttons without noticing it. While many look at swearing as a bad thing they do without releasing it, others have found in swearing a whole new meaning for life. Well, in one town that’s all about to end. Middleborough is the town that decided to give swearing off swearing a try.
It’s Monday night in the town of Middleborough, Massachusetts, and residents are having a town meeting. The topic at hand is making swearing in public illegal. The residents voted 183 to 50 in favor of banning public profanity. It’s basically a huge F word jar where any citizen caught swearing in public has to put in $20.
The new law isn’t very clear regarding exactly what profanity is banned and subjected to the $20 fine and it’s up to the police officer that caught you using F bombs and so on to take a decision. Moreover, from the residents’ take the $20 fine applies only when you are verbally abusing a person on the street.
The uncommon law proposal has its own share of opposition. Many say that it violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. While Matthe Segal, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, says that the government isn’t allowed to ban public speech for profanity, state law reads a different side of the story.
Business Week writes that based on state law prerogatives, towns can “enforce local laws that give police the power to arrest anyone who ‘addresses another person with profane or obscene language’ in a public place”.
Our advice, next time you’re in Boston, is to take a day trip to Middleborough and see for yourself how a town where public profanity is banned feels like. You might even like it.