Swearing on Myrtle Beach could cost you $500 or jail time

Swearing on Myrtle Beach could cost you $500 or jail time
Myrtle Beach

[Ed. – How about ‘sweating’?]

You may want to think twice if you’re about to shout a four-letter word at someone while walking down Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard.

Those who get caught publicly using profanity in the City of Myrtle Beach could be taken to jail or issued a citation.

The lewd, obscene and profane language ordinance — a misdemeanor — falls under the city’s disorderly conduct offense.

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The charge factors in context — using the unlawful language toward another person — and the language being said in public places.

Lt. Bryan Murphy with Myrtle Beach Police Department said a person would violate the ordinance if he or she uses language to “provoke a violent reaction from another person.”

“We encourage everyone to avoid violating this ordinance by speaking to others with the same respect and kindness you deserve,” Murphy said.

The offense plainly states a person should not make, utter or direct any lewd, obscene or profane words toward another person. Those words include “libelous expletive” or “fighting” words.

The city brought in $22,161 last year from profane language citations, according to information from a Freedom of Information Act request by The Sun News. With 289 tickets issued, each averaged about $77.

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