A Milwaukee man has been cited and charged $500 for swearing on a public bus -- a move he says violates his free speech:
"I cursed, and it cost me $500. Are you serious? Where in America do you get charged $500 for two words?" Terry Duncan said.Duncan admitted the two words started with an "f" and an "s" but was stunned when he was ordered off the No. 80 bus Tuesday by an undercover deputy and was handed a disorderly conduct ticket.
"I said, 'What do I get this ticket for? What did I do wrong?' 'You were on the bus and using profane language. You were cursing on the bus.' I said, 'Cursing on the bus? Are you serious?'" Duncan said.
Duncan said he wasn't swearing at anybody. He was just having a conversation on his way to work. He just moved here from Gary, Ind., and said he honestly had no idea it was illegal, and it's not posted on the bus.
But regular riders said they know all about it."People should not get on the bus having to hear disruptive conversations. You can get a fine for that. It's the law. You can't do that," bus passenger Tiffany Cook said.