Lileks: What to make of a spitting citation in Minneapolis

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2013 - 6:22 PM

A man was ticketed in Dinkytown for spitting. This is not a reprint of a story from 1901, when the paper was full of odd crime news. Horace Gunderson was arrested for harboring magpies in his breeches, that sort of thing. No, a fellow walking down the street this week whooped a loogie, and police driving past noted his high-velocity irrigation. Fine: $115.

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eurotravelerDec. 7, 13 9:01 PM

Whew! I feel so much safer knowing our public safety officers are on the alert for dangerous and harmful activity like spitting.

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down2earthDec. 7, 1310:50 PM

Spitting in public is rude and disgusting. I don't want to walk through someone else's saliva and drag their germs into my car or my home. I wouldn't advocate for special anti-spitting squads, but I think it is great that there is such a law and that it is enforced when the officer has nothing else to do.

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fatredneckDec. 8, 1312:06 AM

>Spitting in public is rude and disgusting >I think it is great that there is such a law >officer has nothing else to do Yes, I agree its disgusting. We should also ticket mothers whose babies spit in public and make a law against dogs peeing on teh sidewalk, because I don't want to track it into my house...

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samiamDec. 8, 13 6:59 AM

It's not like there is any crime near the U lately...... I bet there is more to the story

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samiamDec. 8, 13 7:10 AM

So I did a little googling. Basically, he spit in front of the officers after they told him that spitting is illegal and told them they had better things to do. I bet if he would have simply apologized he wouldn't have received the citation.

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down2earthDec. 8, 13 9:40 AM

Well, fat redneck, I think your argument about the babies is a bit ridiculous as they generally do not have the capability to thrust saliva to the street. It usually trickles out on the person holding them or down themselves. As for the dogs, I agree and if you do some checking, you will find in most cities there is a law against dogs peeing on the sidewalk. Owners are to take them to a green space. The great majority of adult men can and should control both bodily functions.

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carlbsDec. 8, 1312:42 PM

I don't know if I have some kind of condition or whatnot, but sometimes saliva builds up in my mouth and I get a gagging sensation prompting me to spit. Seriously. If in public, I will find a discreet spot to get rid of it. And then there is the cold/phlegm issue. Do people seriously expect a person, sans kleenex, to hold that loog in there mouths? I guess my point is, we are physical creatures and spitting is not only natural but sometimes necessary. Just don't be overt about it.

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jkbw55Dec. 8, 1312:47 PM

Driving to Thanksgiving dinner we were following a car where the passenger rolled down the window to spit. He must have been salivating in anticipation of a fine meal as it was a prestigious quantity of spit visibly coming toward our car. Thankfully it hit the car grill rather than the windshield. Please be considerate of others.

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mamazogDec. 20, 13 4:51 PM

Prestigious is my new favorite word.

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