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Talking Dictionary 751. It's NYC: Pee Anywhere You Want


751. The city council thinks New York City has too many laws. It wants to decriminalize certain activities. Decriminalization will result in fewer people going to jail. People will simply pay a fine, as they do for a parking ticket, instead of dealing with a criminal charge. For example, if someone pees on a sidewalk, or on a subway platform, or in a subway car, he'll pay a fine, say $1. If he poos in public, maybe $2. If he drinks alcohol in public, or litters, or jumps subway turnstiles, he'll pay a fine. The police commissioner said, "This is a slippery slope. If you decriminalize A and B, why not C and D? E and F? Why not decriminalize robbery? Taken to the extreme, why not decriminalize murder? Murder someone, pay a $10,000 fine. Sounds crazy now, but given enough time, it'll get a green light, just like same‐sex marriage." 6.7


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