If you’ve ever been annoyed by someone blabbing away in a very loud voice on his or her cell phone (search), then this story is for you:
In the town of Huntington Beach, California, starting Sept. 15, if you ignore warnings to shut off your phone in the public library, the library director can slap you with a fine of up to $1,000. Director Ron Hayden says the problem there has gone "beyond rude." He tried putting up signs and asking patrons to use their cells in designated areas. That didn't work. So workers posted signs banning all cell phone use in the library. That didn't work either.
So now here's the deal, according to a city ordinance that has just passed: If you ignore a verbal warning, and then ignore the librarian slipping you a card politely asking you to zip it, the library director can fine you $250 for starters. If you keep blabbing, the fine goes up to a maximum of $1,000.
How's THAT for tough love?!
My staff and I are planning a segment on this for “DaySide” next week, and as always, we're looking to keep it fair and balanced by giving equal time to an opposing viewpoint. Here's the problem: We can't find anyone in Huntington Beach who isn't thrilled!
Regardless of where you stand on this, I'd like to hear your comments. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great holiday weekend, and I'll see you Tuesday.
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