Quote of the day: “All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.” — Benjamin Franklin
I found this on The Huffington post today:
HONOLULU — Stinky city bus riders soon could get soaked. The Honolulu City Council is considering a bill that would impose up to a $500 fine and/or up to six months in jail for public transit passengers convicted of being too smelly.
The bill will be heard Thursday in committee. It would make it illegal to have “odors that unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system.”
It doesn’t matter if it’s body odor or offensive fumes that emanates from clothes, personal belongings or animals.
Councilmen Rod Tam and Nestor Garcia co-sponsored the anti-odor bill.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii says it is concerned with laws that are inherently vague, which opens the door to discriminatory enforcement based on an officer’s individual prejudices.
I can certainly sympathize with bus riders who find the odors stifling, especially in the summer. I have, on several occasions, had the pleasure of riding ‘Da Bus’ from downtown Honolulu to Wahiawa and it certainly wasn’t a pleasant experience sharing the bus with the unwashed masses.
Still, I’d have to say I agree with the ACLU that the anti-odor bill is vague. What might be a unreasonably disturbing odor to some might not be so objectionable to others. What’s up with a possible six month jail sentence? “Whatcha in for?” “Smellin’ bad.” “WTF?” “But I could get probation if I promise to shower every day.” From my experience, I’d have to say the bill would be virtually unenforceable. Some of those bruddahs are big and sweaty.