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    MA Town Weighs Swearing Fines

    Seamus O'Connor, left, and his wife Myleta, both of Salem, Mass., hold hands as they stroll through downtown Middleborough, Mass., Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Residents in the town are trying to decide whether to sign a deal with the recently recognized Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to host a $1 billion casino. The O'Connors said they came to Middleborough to see for themselves where the casino may be built. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Steven Senne / AP Photo

    They aren’t f--king joking! Officials in the Massachusetts town of Middleborough are reportedly so fed up with public swearing that they have brought about a measure to ban such verbal acts in public. Residents were due to vote on the measure Monday night, which would make swearing in public worthy of a $20 fine. The fine, which was proposed by the police chief, is said to be aimed at profanity-laden language used by teens and others in the downtown area and public parks—not in casual conversation. The state of Massachusetts does allow towns to enforce laws that give police power to arrest anyone who “addresses another person with profane or obscene language.” Middleborough has around 20,000 residents.

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