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No Fucking Way: Woman Arrested for Cursing in Grocery Store

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WAGT

According to a witness, Danielle Wolf cursed at her two little girls last week because they were squeezing the bread at a Kroger supermarket in North Augusta, South Carolina. "Stop squishing the fucking bread," Wolf reportedly said. Wolf says she was talking not to her children but to her husband, who was recklessly tossing frozen pizzas into their shopping cart. Either way, she committed a misdemeanor, so police had no choice but to handcuff her in front of her family and cart her off to the station.

Or so they say. According to WAGT, the NBC station in Augusta, Georgia, police "say that because it's a law on the books, they have to enforce it." The law in question defines disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and up to 30 days in jail, to include "utter[ing], while in a state of anger, in the presence of another, any bawdy, lewd or obscene words or epithets." So once a shopper offended by Wolf's salty language complained to Officer Travis Smith, his hands were tied, and soon so were Wolf's. The complainant, whose name is blacked out in the police report on the incident, said the cursing reminded her of her traumatic childhood. She later apologized to Wolf by phone, saying she did not expect her to be arrested. Yet according to the police report, when Smith asked the scandalized shopper "if she wished to testify in court about the incident, [she] stated that she would." Only then did Smith proceed to arrest Wolf.

Because of the notoriety generated by her arrest, Wolf was anxious to show the public that she is a good mother who loves her children. Wolf, who is due in court on September 12, even apologized to the woman who turned her in, saying she would never say fucking in public again. I'm not sure that's the main lesson to be drawn from this incident.

[via George Mathis at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

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  1. “It’s against the fucking law to fucking say ‘fucking’ while in public you fucking bitch. Turn the fuck around, your under fucking arrest.”

    1. Why do I get the impression that this thread will be littered with f-bombs and cluster f-bombs?

      1. Fuck if I know…

      2. What the fuck is an f-bomb?

        1. Not quite as powerful as a H-bomb, but more powerful than an A-bomb.

          Or a common piece of profanity.

          1. Where does the C-bomb fall on that scale?

            1. It’s defenctive and doesn’t always trigger.

        2. F-Bomb is big honkin’ IPA at the local craft brew shop.

        3. “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.”

  2. The complainant, whose name is blacked out in the police report on the incident, said the cursing reminded her of her traumatic childhood. She later apologized to Wolf by phone, saying she did not expect her to be arrested.

    If you didn’t expect her to be arrested, what did you expect the cop to do, shoot her? There are only two things cops do – Arrest People and Hurt People. If the outcome you’re looking for is not on that list – why the fuck did you go to the cops?

    1. why the fuck did you go to the cops?

      To teach that bitch a lesson. If you are so traumatized that a word sets you off to the point of calling the cops, maybe you should stay the hell home.

      1. It’s weird, there is certain type of South Carolinian who, while wanting the man to him alone, will not hesitate to call the cops for the most minor annoyance.

  3. This story is full of horrible, horrible people.

    1. This is a reference to Cohen v. California, for those who wonder why the fuck I’m mentioning the draft.

  4. Wife and I gotta stop f bombing in front of the kids now.

    1. Do you make them watch, or is it purely voluntary?

  5. “a shopper offended by Wolf’s salty language complained to Officer Travis Smith…”“The complainant said the cursing reminded her of her traumatic childhood

    Because that’s what police are for. To protect us from reminders of our ‘traumatic childhood’.

    “She later apologized to Wolf by phone, saying she did not expect her to be arrested”

    Gee, yeah, totally!? Like, what? A police person, arresting someone? NEVER SAW THAT HAPPENING?

    What exactly was the prosumption? State-Daddy was going to tell salty-lady to clean up her potty mouth…*or else*?

    This is a case study in Liberal ‘Intentions’

    “We didn’t *intend* for Welfare to result in the continued impoverishment of the lives of millions! Or for minimum-wage rises to result in higher unemployment! SO DONT YOU YELL AT US LIKE ITS OUR FAULT!!?”

    *side note: an airport cop once threatened to ‘arrest me’ for ‘blaspheming’. they were not kidding.

    1. “*side note: an airport cop once threatened to ‘arrest me’ for ‘blaspheming’. they were not kidding.”

      If that ever happened to me the next words out of my mouth would have been…

      “Jesus fuck please do, I can use the god damned payday I’ll get from suing this dump for violating my first amendment rights”

      1. We live in a post-9/11 world now, buddy.

        If you think making a stink with airport cops is a *good idea*, I think you’re a lawyers wet dream.

    2. airport cop once threatened to ‘arrest me’ for ‘blaspheming’. they were not kidding.

      “You say “Arrest me for blaspheming”, I say “Fund my early retirement.” Now, as much as I will enjoy retiring early, are you sure you want to do this?”

      1. Have you dealt with the Airport security in Atlanta?

        They’re the (#*@#)($ Delta Force of TSA. Fuck with them you do not, or else blue gloved-fists in your rectum you will have.

    3. Liberal intentions? Here in SC? I doubt it

      1. Here in SC?

        You too?

      2. There are plenty of liberals in SC. Obama got 44% of the vote in 2012.

        1. Yeah, that’s the thing that bugs me about Red State / Blue State: there’s plenty of each in all states.

          1. You mean you can’t take presidential election results and use them to make generalizations about entire states? That’s just crazy talk.

        2. Romney almost doubled Obama in N. Augusta

      3. Going to police, then pretending “you didn’t think they were going to arrest anyone” is naivete that extends directly from leftist misconceptions about Power.

        And Bo, I know you’re young and ignorant of the world, but there are actually Southern Liberals too. I met plenty in TN. They tend to be particularly aggrieved and feel they’re a persecuted minority, and hence act like even greater specially-entitled douchebags than normal.

        see: Tony, PB

        1. There are southern liberals, but they make little state policies

          1. Yes. Yes they do.

            [The first implicit literacy test was South Carolina’s notorious “eight-box” ballot, adopted in 1882.]

    4. All I said was that the taco on stick was good enough for Jesus Jehovah Allah.

  6. I’m not sure that’s the main lesson to be drawn from this incident.

    Something about the primary function of popular government reduced to its very essence?

  7. “bawdy, lewd or obscene”

    OK, I would guess she wasn’t using the f-word in the bawdy context.

    If she told her husband, in the hearing of other customers, “I want to f you as soon as we get home, I want to f you like a fing animal,” that might violate the statute.

    But using the f word in its alternative meaning of “I’m upset” or “I don’t like your behavior,” or “this is bad,” then I don’t see anything bawdy in it.

    1. Wait, it says “in a state of anger,” well then, maybe they *are* targeting the f word.

      1. So if you’re in a used-car dealership and, in the hearing of other customers, you tell the dealer, “stop fing me up the ass,” that wouldn’t be sexual, but the use of a sexual word in anger could be a crime?

        Any expert commentary?

        1. Ironically, I think Bono got away from FCC fines for exactly the opposite. He used “fuck” as angry embellishment and not in a sexual way, so the FCC said “Okey doke”.

    2. That’s a good point. Profanity isn’t necessarily obscenity.

  8. “”Hear from Mrs. Wolf and “Michelle” tonight, exclusively on NBC 26 at 6pm & 7pm!””

    What?

    Not only has ‘cursing’ resulted in arrests, apologies, and group hugs now… there’s going to be ‘extra coverage’?

    No where in any of this is anyone asking “why the fuck is there a law…”

    1. Eh, it’s the local news. Gotta put something between “OMG GUESS WHAT’S IN YOUR GARAGE!!!!” and the Taco Bell opening.

  9. Fucking triggers

    1. Trigger, please!

    2. For most people Barry White is their fucking trigger

  10. About damn time! This woman should be shamed for degrading our society by stating that her husband stop squeezing the fornicating bakery product. It is dangerous criminals like her that destroy the value of words by using them in suboptimal context. Defend fucking! Ban casual swearing!

    1. I believe the appropriate canned reply was –

      “Fuck off, slaver”

      Or something to that effect.

      I’m not the usually designated party to make that reply.

      1. Did you not see the satire tag?

      2. I am, but it didnt occur to me.

    2. “fornicating bakery produc”

      Is that like an apple pie?

      1. Naw, they’re too wholesome, it’s the cheesecake.

        1. All your pastry products are not really up to the task. Your real fucking is to be found in the produce aisle.

          A nice warm cantalope or pumpkin, just going to over-ripe, has the proper consistency and squishiness.

          And for those with other proclivities, might I recommend a smooth cut carrot.

          Cucumbers are nice, but don’t hold up well to more vigorous abuse.

          Uhh… or so I’ve heard.

          1. Are you implying human on food intercourse?

            Food is only meant to fornicate other food!

            1. I did not mention a human once in my post…

              Someone has a filthy fucking mind.

                1. … and SF. Deinately him too.

                2. I was thinking anyone who actually posted to this thread, and many who didn’t.

  11. She later apologized to Wolf by phone, saying she did not expect her to be arrested.

    what a stupid cunt.

    1. You know if this kerfuffle had been about the use of the word cunt, I’d be worried about our beloved Ken and the possibility that he had dropped the dime on someone.

  12. How do we get Rahm Emanuel to visit North Augusta ?

    1. Hold a fundraiser there?

      1. Are you in my head today?

        That’s twice you’ve made comments that I thought about but ultimately decided against.

  13. The law in question defines disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and up to 30 days in jail, to include “utter[ing], while in a state of anger, in the presence of another, any bawdy, lewd or obscene words or epithets.”

    Surely this law would not survive an appeal on First Amendment grounds, right? Any lawyers want to weigh in?

    1. Well, as long as it just results in the imposition of a tax, its all good.

      1. The first amendment tax, hmmm?

        Does it involve putting quarters in a jar?

        1. Does it involve putting quarters in a jar?

          Rates have gone up, it’s dollar coins only, and only in Government-Approved electronic coin counters whose count cannot be challenged. They must be installed in your back to monitor your speech and issue the proper fines.

  14. Congress shall make a few laws…

  15. How does this law stand up on First Amendment grounds?

    1. It doesn’t, but it is allowed under the FYTW clause.

      1. I think it’s more along the lines of “those who get prosecuted can’t afford to take it to the courts”

  16. John Spartan, you have been fined one credit for violation of the verbal morality clause.

    1. In a world without toilet paper a man has to do what a man needs to do.

  17. This never would happen to a white person.

    1. Not a thin one anyway.

  18. If that law is in effect while kids are playing video games on public servers, I would imagine that every kid in the US would need to be booked. With the number of multiple charges, they would be looking at life imprisonment.

  19. NBC 26 also spoke with North Augusta Public Safety. They say that because it’s a law on the books, they have to enforce it. They add they treated Mrs. Wolfe with dignity and released her as soon as possible.

    Too bad for her she’s not a cop’s wife. Then they might remember a little word called “discretion”.

  20. According to WAGT, the NBC station in Augusta, Georgia, police “say that because it’s a law on the books, they have to enforce it.”

    Right… did the reporter start laughing at this point? It’s a fucking ridiculous statement.

    1. Every state has so many laws on the books that nobody knows what they all are.

      The next member of the legislature that submits another law should be shot in the face with a bazooka.

  21. Police Officers HAVE discretion as to which laws they enforce by arrest. This is true of misdemeanors in every state. Otherwise they would never get more than a block from the station house parking lot.

    This is why you can get (1) a lecture, (2) a warning ticket, (3) a real citation (ticket), or (4) an arrest (if the cop is a jerk) for a simple traffic violation. The officer can also decide not to stop you, meaning you get a freebee. It is all within the cop’s DISCRETION. The same is true, in theory and practice) for more serious offenses.

    So, yes, cops DO CHOOSE which laws they enforce and against whom they enforce those laws. It’s totally arbitrary and completely uncontrolled.

  22. I live in SC, a pretty republican state. When it comes to nanny states we’re probably near the top of the list. Games involving cards or dice are actually illegal here, that includes Crazy 8’s and Monopoly, though it’s only really enforced if money is involved. Until 5 years or so ago it was a felony to engage in non-procreational sex, even with your spouse. Bigamy is a felony, as in you’re stripped of your constitutionally guaranteed second amendment rights. Republicans are pretty much just democrats with bibles.

    1. That’s just plain scary. Talk about a nanny state on steroids!

  23. She can challenge this blatantly unconstitutional law in court and get it overturned on First Amendment grounds.

  24. Snitches get stitches.

  25. So much for the fucking first amendment.

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