The Airing of Grievances
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
What Do These Three Folks Have in Common?
Person 1: 45 year-old woman chewing a PayDay candy bar.

Person 2: 12 year-old girl eating a french fry.

Person 3: 23 year-old pregnant woman using her cell phone.

Drumroll please………. Ok, ok, I know, the suspense is killing you. Here you go. All three have been arrested for these "transgressions" by the D.C. Transit Police. While we have not tracked down a specific statement concerning the first two, here's what Deputy Chief Tim Gronau had to say about the arrest of the pregnant woman (who was treated in an emergency room for a bruise she said resulted from the officer pushing her to the ground and placing his knee on her back during the arrest):
"We're not either pro or negative cell phones," he said. "The issue is [that] the volume of her conversation, coupled with the language, is not conducive to socially accepted standards of behavior."
Honestly, a loud jackass on the cellie is pretty high up there on my list of the most annoying of life forms, but seriously, arresting folks for stuff that a particular police officer finds to not be a "socially accepted standard of behavior"? That's just ridiculous.

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