Not being politically correct can be profitable

Imagine not being politically correct and making thousands of dollars. We are not talking about morning radio personalities pushing the line, we are talking about your average woman with a plumbing problem.

The city of Scranton, Pa., is paying a woman $19,000 not to sue after she was charged with disorderly conduct for cursing at her over-flowing toilet.

Dawn Herb’s potty mouth caught the attention of her neighbor, an off-duty police officer, who, through an open window, overheard the woman swearing at her malfunctioning toilet in October 2007.

When she didn’t stop after he asked her to keep it down, he called police and Herb was charged.

Herb’s attorney, Barry Dyller and the American Civil Liberties Union announced Wednesday that the city agreed to the sum after a judge threw out the charges. The judge ruled that Herb’s swearing was protected by free speech.

By the $19,000 settlement, Scranton does not admit to any wrongdoing on the part of the police officer, according to the city solicitor.

Being politically correct seems to make people into wimps that can’t tolerate the more colorful language.

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