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No Butts About It - This Man Learned His Lesson

Bridgeport, Ohio is so small the mayor serves as the judge.  So when Tommy Leshare was hauled before the judge, Tommy had likely voted in the election that put Mayor John Callarick on the bench, so to speak.  For a town of only 2,200 people, mostly everyone knows each other.  Heck in some places, that's the size of a graduation class.

Tommy and his girlfriend were cleaning their car and house, but unfortunately for Tommy, he dumped the ashtrays on the street in front of their house.

The local constabulary wasn't pleased with the litter, and set an appointment for Tommy to have a visit with John.  Mayor-now-Judge John found Tommy guilty and offered him several choices:  (1) jail time; (2) community service; (3) a stiff $1,000 fine; or, (4) two, eight-hour shifts as a walking billboard with a hot pink sandwich board that read:  "Cigarette Butts Are Litter."

Tommy chose the sign.  He still plans to smoke, according to the AP news article in the last link, but no more butts on the street. 

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Friday, December 07, 2007


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