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An ill-advised Ebola joke has landed an Ohio man behind bars on a felony charge, records show.
Emanuel Smith, 60, was gambling Wednesday at the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland when he allegedly told a dealer that he was there as a way to avoid his ex-wife, who was stricken with Ebola.
Smith, a retired municipal employee, claimed that his former spouse had recently returned to Cleveland from West Africa.
Gambler, 60, Arrested On Felony Charge For Ebola Joke Inside Cleveland Casino
charged with inducing panic
originally posted by: tavi45
a reply to: xuenchen
I wonder if it would have gone differently if he was white. I hear dozens of Ebola jokes a day in my mostly white town, including from children.
originally posted by: yourmaker
a reply to: Hefficidebut I can't help but feel that somehow diminishes freedom of speech in a way. Seems like they should change the semantics behind the constitution if it's not a universal thing, where you can pick and choose which statements or how they are said which determines whether or not it's "free".