The Lady Speaks

Scranton Police Now Language Cops

There’s a reason or a hundred why I hate the Scranton-Wilkes Barre area, most of them relating to the roads and highways which seem to have been designed and built by drunk, one-eyed men with inner ear problems.

But this takes the cake.

A woman was cited for disorderly conduct — for cursing in her own house.

From the Scranton Times-Tribune, via Shakesville:

A West Scranton woman could face up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $300 for allegedly shouting profanities at an overflowing toilet while inside her Luzerne Street home.

Dawn Herb, whose potty mouth caught the attention of an off-duty police officer, was charged with disorderly conduct recently, prompting her to fire off a letter to the editor and vow to fight the charge.

“It doesn’t make any sense. I was in my house. It’s not like I was outside or drunk,” said Ms. Herb, who resides at 924 Luzerne St. along with her four young children. “A cop can charge you with disorderly conduct for disrespecting them?”


Patrolman Gerald Tallo responded and charged Ms. Herb with disorderly conduct.

The citation accuses the defendant of using obscene language or gestures “with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm or recklessly (creating) a risk …”

Reading farther, I discover that “The use of obscene language or gestures is an offense under the state criminal code.”


Goddamn. I am in some fuckin’ trouble…. Oops!


October 17, 2007 - Posted by | America, Pennsylvania, Whacko Nut Cases, Women


  1. WTF? [Oops.] As someone who swears creatively and profusely, I guess I can never move to Pennsylvania.

    Comment by Terry B | October 17, 2007 | Reply

  2. Ruining the PA Tourist Board’s hard work:

    Trust me, you don’t want to come here…even if they let us cuss. Bad roads, bad politicians, attitudes straight from the Dark Ages of the 50s.

    If Ben Franklin came back, he’d think “weird conveyances, taller buildings, smaller clothes, but…” *shrug* “Pretty much the same.”

    Comment by PA_Lady | October 17, 2007 | Reply

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