Did you know you can get arrested for cursing at your kids in a grocery store? One woman found out the hard way when she was arresting for using the "f" word in front of her kids even though she was talking to her husband and not to her children.
According to the Huffington Post on Friday, a woman was arrested in a grocery store after she moved to South Carolina from Ohio just three weeks ago. Danielle Wolf, 22, was shopping in a Kroger store in North Augusta when another shopper overheard her cursing, and the woman called the police.
The mother of two young daughters was arrested for disorderly conduct after cursing in her daughters' presence. Then she was arrested right in front of them and the other customers in Kroger.
The papers a the North Augusta Department Of Public Safety indicate that Wolf yelled at her children, told them to "stop squishing the f*cking bread," and used "similar phrases multiple times." The shopper at the store approached Wolf and asked her to stop using that language with her children.
However, Wolf insists that is not what happened. She explained to the woman that she was not talking to her daughters. She said she was talking to her husband because he was throwing frozen pizzas on the bread and smashing it.
Still the woman, who was referred to "Ms. Smith" in the police report called the police on Wolf which led to the mother's arrest.
CBS News reports that the North Augusta law explains disorderly conduct can occur if a person happens to “utter, while in a state of anger, in the presence of another, any bawdy, lewd or obscene words or epithets,” The South Carolina state law's definition of the misdemeanor includes "use obscene or profane language on any highway or at any public place or gathering or in hearing distance of any schoolhouse or church."
Michelle Smith, the woman who reported Wolf to the police, later apologized to Wolf over the telephone. Smith told Wolf that she never intended to have her arrested and that she was only trying to advocate for the children.
The New York Daily News reported that further explanation revealed that something was triggered when Smith heard the cursing. It reminded her of her abusive childhood when no one stood up for her. Wold accepted Smith's apology, but she still has to appear in court on Sept. 12 for the disorderly conduct. If convicted she will be sentenced to at least 30 days in jail and a possible fine.
Do not curse at your children or husband while in the grocery store. A Ms. Smith might hear you and call the police, and they will arrest you. Dropping an F-bomb in front of your kids can land you in jail.