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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