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Mass. Town OKs $20 Fines For Swearing In Public

Passed by a pretty large margin.

via: AP

MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Residents in Middleborough have voted to make the foul-mouthed pay fines for swearing in public.

At a town meeting Monday night, residents voted 183-50 to approve a proposal from the police chief to impose a $20 fine on public profanity.

Supporters say the proposal isn’t meant to censor casual or private conversations, but instead crack down on loud profanity in downtown areas and public parks.

Middleborough has had a bylaw against public profanity since 1968. But it’s rarely, if ever, been enforced, because it essentially makes swearing a crime.

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