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Potty mouth! Woman cited for cursing at toilet

By Chris V. Thangham     Oct 17, 2007 in Crime
A Scranton woman was given an citation for disorderly conduct for using profanities at her overflowing toilet after her neighbor, a police officer, complained. She could face up to 90 days in jail and fines up to $300.
Dawn Herb’s toilet was overflowing at her home and was leaking down into the kitchen. So she screamed to her daughter to get the mop. Since she was unable to stop it she seemed to have used a lot of choice words at random but only inside the house. Her neighbor, a police officer, who was off duty at that time, heard her obscenities via the open bathroom window.
The officer told her to stop cursing, but Dawn kept on yelling. The officer called the police, who gave her a citation for disorderly conduct. She has to go the courts soon and if the offense holds she may face up to 90 days in prison sentence and $300 dollars fines.
Dawn Herb is really angry with this and said it doesn’t make any sense when all she did was curse inside the home. She cursed only because of the broken toilet and not because she was drunk.
Mary Catherine Roper, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union in Philadelphia, took issue with the citation. She said one can’t prosecute somebody for swearing at a cop or a toilet.
The police officer could have asked her about the problem instead of calling the police. She could have also sounded less loud instead of waking up the whole neighborhood. No more good neighbors I guess. What she did was wrong, but this case doesn’t have to be in the courts. If cursing at a toilet is a crime, I think then everyone will get arrested at some point in their life.
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