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Some small towns, cash-strapped in this poor economy, are trying to recover costs by passing ordinances for bizarre fines. For example, molesting butterflies will cost you $500 in Pacific Grove, Calif., and leaving holiday lights up past February 2 will set you back $250 in San Diego. Here are some of the more notable fines from recent months:
The residents of Middleborough, Mass., don't appreciate foul language. In fact, the town—about 50 miles south of Boston—recently passed an ordinance outlawing public swearing, making the utterance of curse words an offense punishable by a $20 ticket.
In Massapequa Park, N.Y., an unkempt lawn can wallop your wallet. The town passed an ordinance in June that mandates if your lawn isn't cut, you can face a $250 to $1,000 fine for the first offense, $2,500 for the second, and up to $10,000 for the third offense.
Originally posted by dayve
I like all of these laws.... But, how in the **** do you molest a butterfly....? What does it mean? It sounds appealing i have a fascination for butterfly's..
It sounds appealing i have a fascination for butterfly's..