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A SWAT for trying to create a rap sheet over a rap

Submitted by on Thursday, 19 November 2009 No Comment

You’re a harried fast-food worker sticky with sweat and grease but trying to maintain the obligatory smile and chirpy tone because even a minimum-wage job is a coup in this economy.

“Welcome to McDonald’s, may I take your order please?” you ask brightly.

“I need a double cheeseburger and hold the lettuce. Don’t be frontin’ son – no seeds on the bun,” comes the response, an imitation of a YouTube video.

I don’t know about you, but I’d crack up. I’d probably even tip the rappers. Thanks for the laugh, guys.

The response in American Fork, Utah: Order already or leave. You’re holding up the line. The four teens left, but not before a manager got their license plate number. The manager called the police, who charged the boys with disorderly conduct. One, 18-year-old Spenser Dauwalder, is taking the citation to court.

The boys had a right to sing their order, his lawyer says.

Right? Well, that might be taking things a little too far. But it’s probably a more viable legal strategy than saying, “Your honor, these cops are freakin’ insane.”

It’s unclear where the disorderly part comes in, unless the quartet was off choreographically. Restaurant workers asked them to leave, and they did. Where’s the harm? They didn’t riot, they didn’t brawl, they didn’t set up screens in the parking lot and show “Super Size Me.”

They were simply four kids out goofing off. When did that become illegal, even in Utah?

The whole thing reminds me of a police chief in a town where I once lived whose officers cited bars for allowing patrons to dance. Never mind that one of the establishments didn’t even have a dance floor. Nodding your head in sync with the music is dancing, police told the manager.

Come to think of it, that police chief was from Utah.

Hmm …

Good thing they’re nipping the problem in the bud in American Fork, before the young rappers grown up, move to California and try out their act in a bar some day.

But, really, aren’t there more pressing issues in American Fork? Possibly not – the crime rate is well below the national figure – but it seems that police could at least find some little old ladies to help across the street and Stop Wasting America’s Time by citing kids just having a little fun.

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Copyright 2009 Debra Legg. All rights reserved.

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