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There was a time when cursing in Massachusetts meant witchcraft was a-foot. Those were the days of the Salem Witch Trials when all it took was a word from one person to cause the hanging of another.
Fast-forward a few hundred years to Middleborough, Mass., where you can get slapped with a $20 fine for cursing in public.
The Middleboro police chief came up with the idea because people complained mostly about kids dropping the f-bomb all the time.
‘It’s probably everywhere,’ said Mimi Duphily, a former Middleborough selectwoman. ‘You see it in the malls, you see it in shopping plazas.’
But this new ordinance actually de-criminalizes an existing town law that police never enforce. That’s probably because the Supreme Court has ruled that you can’t prohibit public speech, even if it’s profane.