If a tree falls in the forest, does it utter a profanity? Better still, if a mother utters an f-bomb in front of her kids in public, is she under arrest?
You better believe it. From South Carolina NBC affiliate WJBF:
A loaf of bread and a few choice words on Sunday evening now have Danielle Wolf in hot water.
Wolf, age 22, moved to South Carolina with her family 3 weeks ago but a night at a grocery store has her wanting to move back to Ohio.
“He was like, ‘You’re under arrest’… right in front of kids, in front of my husband, in front of customers.” said Wolf, of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety who arrested her.
Wolf was charged with disorderly conduct. According to the incident report, she was shopping at a local supermarket with her children and hubby around 10:15 pm Sunday, heading down the bread aisle. When her offspring kept squeezing the loaves, she let out the granddaddy of all curse words. Another customer nearby witnessed her potty mouth and soon Wolf was in cuffs.
She protests that she was addressing her husband, telling reporters:
I didn’t harm nobody. I didn’t hurt nobody. The lady said she was having a bad day. So, because you’re having a bad day you’re going to ruin somebody’s life.
Though the North Augusta Department of Public Safety provided the station with a copy of the law, investigating officers wouldn’t comment on the case.
This case is just the latest in which a seemingly minor infraction led to the kind of reaction from law enforcement you might expect in a place like Singapore, where littering is punishable by caning. In one of the most recent examples, a mother was arrested for allowing her child to play unsupervised in a park near her place of work. Even more absurd was a case last year in Texas where a mom was arrested for allowing her kids to play outside the house as she looked on!
This is not to suggest that this commentator condones swearing at or in front of one’s kids. When Omaha parents coached their toddler to mouth the vilest profanities and then posted an “adorable” video of the same online, child protective services intervened. Even then, I was personally torn over whether it was the State’s business.