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Oh Shucks!! US Town OKs Fine For Swearing In Public

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BOSTON GLOBE, AP (United States)

MIDDLEBOROUGH - When in Massachusetts, watch your language!

Residents in Middleborough, a town of about 20,000 inhabitants outside of Boston, have voted to make the foul-mouthed pay $20 fines for swearing in public.

Town Meeting members, by a 183 to 50 tally, voted to institute as a non-criminal civic violation for excessive swearing in public, at a $20 fine, the Boston Globe reports. The ordinance gives police discretion over whether to ticket someone if they believe the cursing ban has been violated, AP reports.

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