Potty-mouthed people who live in Middleborough, Mass., might experience a hit to their wallets if they don’t clean up their language.
Residents of the town voted 183-50 yesterday to pass an ordinance that prohibits the use of profanity in public areas, the Associated Press reports. Residents caught breaking the no-cussing rule will receive a $20 fine. The proposal’s intention is to cut down the use of loud public swearing. Officials say they aren’t concerned about profanity tossed about in casual or private conversations.
From this point forward, Middleborough police officers will be able to use their own discretion to write tickets for swearing. The ordinance also pertains to some acts of disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, marijuana use and dumping snow on a roadway, the AP said.