Got B.O.? = $500 fine/6 Months of Jail Time

5 09 2009

Stinky city bus riders in Hawaii soon could get fined for having BO.

The Honolulu City Council is considering a bill that would impose up to a $500 fine and/or up to six months in jail for public transit passengers convicted of being too smelly.

The bill will be heard tomorrow in committee. It would make it illegal to have “odors that unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system.”

It doesn’t matter if it’s body odor or offensive fumes that emanates from clothes, personal belongings or animals.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii says it is concerned with laws that are inherently vague, which opens the door to discriminatory enforcement based on an officer’s individual prejudices.

What do you think about this? Obviously, I’m not a fan of smelly people ~ but this is pretty bizarre. What about homeless people, or people who have pets, or people who’s babies have spit-up on them? I mean, really? A bit rdiculous… I don’t even see how someone actually could be so dumb to even propose this bill. If such a bill passes in Hawaii, you know it won’t be too long before it spreads into the rest of the country. Look out, Detroit!
What are your thoughts?

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5 responses

5 09 2009

To me, it is ridiculous! Some people even have a genetic form where they just can’t help it that they “smell” no matter what they do…No…no…no…Not 6 months jail time…Or the jail staff might end up filing a lawsuit claiming it’s “dangerous” to their health 🙂

If that happens, wait for my next post…that is, if I survive 🙂


Lord, please help these people in the government. Help them focus on important things as many are suffering at this moment.

7 09 2009

That is totally crazy law.

8 09 2009
Laughing Boy

So you are siding with the ACLU? Don’t let that get out!

I think people who desire to take advantage of public services should make some effort to meet minimal social expectations. Would you rescind “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service”?

Regardless, I agree with the ACLU that this is too vague and has little prospect of being equitably enforced.

8 09 2009

I would not rescind “no shirt, no shoes, no service”; however, I would not expect that a homeless person always smell like roses. What of those who smoke heavily? If such a bill is to be passed, you might as well have a follow-up that says you’ll get a fine/jail-time for smoking or smelling like smoke.
Automocanics don’t always smell like perfume when they get done working. Daycare employees (speaking from past experience) aren’t always the freshest of scents. There are medical conditions that cause people to have odors as well – I’m sure they don’t have that condition by choice. etc and etc.
Places like the Salvation Army and other “soup kitchens” usually have showers provided for people who do not consistantly have the means to clean up. If those are accessible to you, then by all means, please use them. But I don’t think we should be handing out fines and jail-time. Jails are over-crowded as it is, and if this passes, they will have no room left.

9 09 2009
Laughing Boy

…get a fine/jail-time for smoking or smelling like smoke.

It’s about time! Smoking is foul, self-destructive, and a threat to the public health. Smokers should drive themselves wherever they need to go in their own stinking, unsalable cars and spare us sucking their carcinogens into our lungs.

I would not expect that a homeless person always smell like roses.

Isn’t it an exaggeration to say the law would require that people smell like roses? Arguing against an exaggeration is not convincing.

Why would you not rescind NSNSNS? Why does that fall below the acceptable standard? Huge numbers of people appear acceptably in public without shirts and shoes every day, and I could think of dozens of pitiable ways people might find themselves shirt- and shoe-less and in need of service. Why are you so tough on wardrobe and so soft on odor?

I don’t think we should be handing out fines and jail-time.

The fine is a little steep and jail-time is overkill. $50 should suffice.

P.S. Pardon the mock antagonism.

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