Cursing in Myrtle Beach could get you a fine.
WMBF TV reports the city does not have a standalone law against foul language, but police have charged individuals with disorderly conduct if they suspect the words were meant to create violent reactions.
The ordinance states “By making, uttering or directing toward another person any lewd, obscene or profane or libelous expletive or epithets or “fighting” words, which as a matter of common knowledge, when addressed to the ordinary citizen are inherently likely to provoke violent reactions, including but not limited to calls, threats and invitations to immediately engage in physical violence, fisticuffs, duel or personal combat.”
Myrtle Beach Police said they issued over $20,000 worth of profane language fines last year. The ordinance lists several examples of the types of words which are unlawful.
The penalty for a conviction could include a fine and/or jail time.