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Postby sox 06 » Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:50 pm

Yelling profanities at your overflowing toilet :-B :-b
SCRANTON, Pa. - Talk about a potty mouth.

A Scranton woman who allegedly shouted profanities at her overflowing toilet within earshot of a neighbour was cited for disorderly conduct, authorities said. Dawn Herb could face up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $300.

"It doesn't make any sense. I was in my house. It's not like I was outside or drunk," Herb told The Times-Tribune of Scranton. "The toilet was overflowing and leaking down into the kitchen and I was yelling (for my daughter) to get the mop."

Herb doesn't recall exactly what she said, but she admitted letting more than a few choice words fly near an open bathroom window Thursday night.

Her next-door neighbour, a city police officer who was off-duty at the time, asked her to keep it down, police said. When she continued, the officer called police.

Mary Catherine Roper, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union in Philadelphia, took issue with the citation.

"You can't prosecute somebody for swearing at a cop or a toilet," she said.
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Re: $300 fine and 90 days in jail for...

Postby Tiki » Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:53 pm

That's a little much if ya ask me! What a punk cop too... :-?
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Postby treat24 » Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:48 pm

Was it Michael Scott? maybe Dwight? :-b
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Re: $300 fine and 90 days in jail for...

Postby josebach » Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:06 pm

That's the type of thing I'd have to really hear before I made a judgement on. There has to be some disturbing the peace law being violated by screaming onscenities outside an open window at night. :-? Also if the neighbor asked her to keep it down and she continued, it was obviously going on for longer than it would take to scream for a mop.

What baffles me is that this story is actually consdidered news and was published. What baffles me even more is I took the time to write this post. :-b
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Re: $300 fine and 90 days in jail for...

Postby Madison » Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:18 pm

*Points and laughs at the lady*

:-b

josebach wrote:What baffles me is that this story is actually consdidered news and was published.


Maybe to make it more well known that use of profanity when others can hear is an offense punishable by law? :-?

Other than that, I dunno. Maybe it was a slow news day. :-b
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Re: $300 fine and 90 days in jail for...

Postby moonhead » Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:49 pm

what a huge load of sh**

couldn't help myself.
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Re: $300 fine and 90 days in jail for...

Postby josebach » Wed Oct 17, 2007 7:58 am

moonhead wrote:what a huge load of sh**

couldn't help myself.

Without all the facts i think it is unfair to make judgments.

This board is lucky to have so many perfect neighbors.

Sorry, couldn't help myself. ;-) :-b
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Re: $300 fine and 90 days in jail for...

Postby moonhead » Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:37 am

josebach wrote:
moonhead wrote:what a huge load of sh**

couldn't help myself.

Without all the facts i think it is unfair to make judgments.

This board is lucky to have so many perfect neighbors.

Sorry, couldn't help myself. ;-) :-b


i have had the cops called on me multiple times for disturbing the peace. one time the cops showed up and i was asleep (read: passed out). this was at my last apartment. that was the first time they showed up for it. after that, they didn't take the calls seriously. they would come in and just kinda laugh about it. that's when i abused my power. people need to relax about noise statutes. of course my neighbor was a total nutjob. and we don't have all the facts in this case. i just thought my double entendre in my op was kinda funny. oh well. touche, jose, touche.
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Re: $300 fine and 90 days in jail for...

Postby Metroid » Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:55 am

You....you guys crazy man. I like you, but you're crazy. :-B
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Re: $300 fine and 90 days in jail for...

Postby sox 06 » Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:11 pm

josebach wrote:What baffles me is that this story is actually consdidered news and was published. What baffles me even more is I took the time to write this post. :-b

I took the time to make the original post :-B

I think the penalty is a bit harsh but she will probably think twice before swearing at her toilet again.
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