Penal code may leave woman hanging after breaking obscenities law As we travel deeper in the world of political correctness, we are sure to find acts so despicable that we must focus all of our attention on to fix, right?
This is the case in South Carolina where the government is using its law enforcement officials and its judicial system to determine if a woman broke a state obscenity law by driving her truck with a pair of plastic testicles hanging from its back end, according to an article written by Harriet McLeod on July 28 for MSNBC titled “Dangling fake testicles get woman in trouble.”
Bonneau Police Chief spotted Virginia Tice, 65, at a convenience store, and he ticketed her when he saw the testicles dangling from the truck. The fine: $445!
South Carolina is one of many states with an obscenity law that makes it illegal to adorn a vehicle with any bumper stickers, decals, or hanging genitalia because it goes against its community standards, wrote McLeod.
However, not everybody in the town—a city of 400 people—agree with the ticketing. According to McLeod, attorney Scott Bischoff with the Charleston law firm Savage & Savage will represent Tice free of charge. Tice claims the rubber pair represents free speech.
Now doesn’t this sound like a good use of our hard earned tax money? Not only that, but how do you explain it to your boss if you’re called for jury duty? Excuse me sir (or madam), I have to appear in court to determine if a woman’s set of Truck Nutz is considered offensive enough to be criminal behavior.
Many people have seen the larger-than-life sized testicles that have dropped from the truck’s hitch, but how many of them have been truly offended? In fact, many people find the set quite comical, even if we wouldn’t particularly show off a pair ourselves.
Tiffanee Melina, a St. George, Utah resident, said she finds the rubber testicles funny, but she can understand why people of South Carolina could be offended. “Apparently these people haven’t been to Idaho or Montana because this is a very common thing there,” Melina said. “After living in South Carolina, I can tell you it is very ‘old’ school and very conservative in some areas. I can see that it would offend some people.”
I’m no expert in the costs involved with trials, but I can’t imagine that this so-called “major offense” against the community would benefit the city of Bonneau. The trial could be considered a bigger nuisance to the city than the actual offense.
Melina said: “I don’t think it is a criminal case. I would find it more offensive to see the [decal of the] little guy peeing on things that is often in the back window of trucks.”
The obscenity law prohibits such acts as selling porn and creating sex tapes, but it’s hard to believe a rubber set of testicles falls under the same category. In the end, it may be cheaper to castrate the truck than worry about paying the fine.
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