Middleborough, Massachusetts May Fine People For Swearing

| by Michael Allen

Public swearing is so apparently bad in Middleborough, Massachusetts, that Police Chief Bruce Gates wants to give $20 tickets to vulgar mouths as a deterrent.

Chief Gates told CBS News Boston: “We have a lot more important things to do, but these are things that are quality of life issues, community policing issues that a lot of people don’t want to see downtown.”

The chief will make his case for an enforceable system of fines for public cursing before a town meeting in June.

Former Middleborough Selectwoman Mimi Duphily added: “I don’t think it will solve the problem but it will make them understand what is acceptable behavior and what is not.”