MIchigan Makes 'Being Annoying' a Crime

Brighton, Michigan just gave me the best reason to consider moving up there: it's now a crime to be annoying in public. I hope this includes people who drive with their stereos loud enough that the bass defribrillates anyone within 50 feet.

Earlier last week, the Brighton City Council voted to adopt stricter rules for public conduct, including not annoying someone else. Annoyers can be ticketed and fined by police.

One of the new sections says, "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."

This means people won't be allowed to say "it is what it is," the OxyClean commercials will be eiliminated, and police have Shoot On Sight orders for Andy Dick.

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