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Mass. Town Could Start Issuing Tickets for Cursing

MIDDLEBORO, Mass. (WGGB) – It’s a problem that has become more pervasive in cities and towns across America: cursing. Now, one Massachusetts town wants to start levying a fine in an effort to cut down on the practice.

In the eastern Massachusetts town of Middleboro, there is a bylaw currently on the books, but rarely enforced.

According to WBZ-TV, Middleboro police chief Bruce Gates is proposing a system that would have officers issue $20 tickets to profanity-laced perpetrators.

“We have a lot more important things to do,” Gates told the station, adding that “…these are things that are quality of life issues, community policing issues that a lot of people don’t want to see downtown.”

The Brockton Enterprise reports that the bylaw, which dates back 1968, currently makes the offense a criminal matter and consumes “hours of officers’ time.” Now, Gates wants to make it a non-criminal offense and simply issue the ticket.

One former selectwoman says that the move is a step in the right direction. “I don’t think it will solve the problem but it will make them understand what is acceptable behavior and what is not,” Mimi Duphily told WBZ-TV.

Residents will vote on the proposal at Town Meeting in June.

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