Don't annoy me...or else!

You heard what I said! Uh oh. I think you're starting to annoy me. That's a ticket for you!

After all, according to a new Brighton City, MI. ordinance, "It shall be unlawful for a person to engage in a course of conduct or repeatedly commit acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person and that serve no legitimate purpose."

And THAT is just PART of the story. According to this story in the Detroit Press, you can't annoy anyone with your mouth, a sign, or with motions. Really. I'm not kidding. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.

So, what does this mean?

It means that if you're an atheist and are "annoyed" by the children singing Christmas carols next door then you can have them ticketed.

It means if you are a staunch Republican who is "annoyed" by your neighbor's Obama sign, then you can have him ticketed.

It means that if your children "annoy" someone in a store because they cry too loud, say something a person doesn't agree with, or accidentally run into another person's cart...then YOU could be ticketed. Maybe your kids can too? JUST for fun of course.

Lest you think Brighton, Michigan is alone in this law; let me assure you that they are, unfortunately, not. According to the Detroit News, this ordinance was fashioned after a similar one in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak.

I love what an online mom from CafeMom said, "This ordinance annoys me". Another said, "The Brighton City council annoys me."

I agree. On all counts. Lets have 'em all rounded up and arrested!

Apparently, these Michigan cities have forgotten about a tiny little thing which supersedes their "lovely" law. That "tiny little thing" is called the FIRST AMENDMENT to the CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES.

Or don't we still follow that "antiquated" piece of writing?

I don't know about you, but ordinances like this just make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Like just before you're going to throw up.



Luke Holzmann said...

If I didn't have any experience with the utterly inane practices of our political system I would assume this was from the Onion or some other satire site.

It's funny. And horrible. And horribly funny.


Thoughts of THAT mom said...

I WISH this had been a piece from the Onion! LOL

I can just imagine what happens in some homes, "Mom! Johnny's annoying me! I'm calling the police!"

Gives a WHOLE NEW meaning to "domestic disturbance". LOL