No, not the United States, or at least not yet.
This is dated July 27th 2013 and states that the UK government is about to pass legislation which will make any behavior perceived to potentially
’cause a nuisance or annoyance’ a criminal offence.
A Criminal Offense for being 'annoying'??
Being Annoying is Now Illegal
Since the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, which introduced Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) the government has invented and legislated for a
litany of such orders covering everything from dog poo to drug addiction, including but not limited to: Control Orders; Terrorism Prevention and
Investigation Measures Orders; Intervention Orders; Crack House Closure Orders; Premise Closure Orders; Brothel Closure Orders; Gang Related Violence
Injunctions; Designated Public Place Orders; Special Interim Management Orders; Gating Orders; Dog Control Orders; Letter Clearing Notices; Noise
Abatement Orders; Graffiti/Defacement Removal Notices; Directions to Leave and Dispersal Orders.
The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, which passed the committee stage of its progress through the House of Commons on Monday 15th July,
purports to simplify this legacy of New Labour’s legislative promiscuity. In reality, it creates a series of wildly ambiguous, generic orders which
grant officers of the state and private sector even greater powers to issue tougher sentences, with fewer checks and balances to protect
The orders, designed to allow police to tackle anti-social behavior, simply became a means of criminalizing youthful indiscretion – and eventually
a means of criminalizing anything people found annoying.
The orders can be issued to anyone aged 10 or over and there is no limit on how long an IPNA can be applied to a person for. A person could receive
an IPNA for 10 and retain it their entire life.
"Eating with our mouths open, talking too loudly into our phones in a public space, walking too slowly or quickly or belching without saying ‘pardon
me’. All of this may very well cause annoyance – but soon it might well also be illegal."
The consequences of breaching an IPNA are serious. The breaching of an IPNA has been added to the conditions for securing possession of a home –
meaning a 10 year old child breaching their IPNA could result in the entire family being evicted from their council house. Breaching the orders can
also result in jail time for anyone over 14.
Our prisons are already over flowing.
If this were in our country we'd run out of space to put all the offenders.
This is going a little over board with the Police State.
Just when you think we have it bad, it's not as bad as others have it, so it seems.
Although, we are slowly getting that way.
Our friends would be arrested for the phone charge.
My husband would be in trouble for walking slow, he kinda 'mosies' along, while my long legs want to haul azz.
edit on 7-8-2013 by snarky412 because: (no reason given)