So it's OK to throw trash out on the street? Wait wait, I know you're gonna say But it was only a cigarette butt / kleenex, but then there'd have to be a rule like You're allowed to throw 15 gr. of trash on the street per day, so then you'd have cops with scales, and to keep you under that 15 gram limit, etc.
Better that nobody throw any kind of trash on the street, keeps everything nice and clean. And it isn't like it's hellishly hard, damn, just mash the butt in the ashtray (for those of you who smoke) or keep a little plastic bag in the car for bits of paper, kleenex and stuff, and throw it in the trash when you get home.
"Freedom" also entails "responsability", both go hand in hand; else it'd be "privilege", which is by definition unfair to those who don't enjoy it.
As for the cursing (returning to the topic), I agree with the judge. You are right in saying the man didn't know the woman and the children were there, but also, even though he may be "free" to say such things, the kids (and the lady) isn't under an obligation to listen to them. Also, HE was in a place where it's punishable. So, like the saying "when in rome do as the romans", I'd think it was his obligation to be careful about it. And, last time I checked, cursing was at the very least quite impolite. One must be a tad careful, lest one offend the wrong person.
Reminds me a little of people who drive offensively, after the crash they hide behind "it wasn't my fault", but that means absolutely nothing if you're already in the hospital, or dead.
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