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Postby Snakes Gould » Wed Dec 06, 2006 5:58 pm

this story is getting alot of publicity around here in philly. but the funny part is, radio dj's arent allowed to say the word scumbag on the air. i was listening to a show and they were talking about the sitaution but kept explaining how they werent allowed to use the word on the air. how strange is that?

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Upper Darby police are struggling to keep up with the holiday demand for a $10 black T-shirt they are selling.

Why are cops peddling T-shirts? Must have something to do with the message in bold white letters across the front: "Not In My Town 'Scumbag.' "

In other words, drug dealers and other criminals, keep your slimy hands out of our community, says Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood Sr.

"We are sending a message," Chitwood said. "We don't want scumbags in our community selling drugs, robbing, raping and pillaging," Chitwood said.

Officers came up with the "scumbag" slogan six months ago when Chitwood asked his department to think up a fresh mantra for the squad cars.

While Chitwood decided on the conservative "Protecting Our Community" for patrol cars, his officers decided to go with the "scumbag" motif for T-shirts.

Since the shirts hit the market two months ago, the department has sold about 350 shirts and has ordered 200 more for their Christmas-time clients.

"It has become the hottest-selling item in town," Chitwood said with a grin.

The department also is selling 8-by-4-inch $2 bumper stickers with the slogan. Cops are also placing the stickers on the facades of condemned drug houses, he said.

The shirts and stickers are being sold only at Upper Darby Police headquarters on West Chester Pike near New Street and are available in men's small to XXL sizes.

Actually, the past year has been one of the best stretches for Upper Darby's war on drugs, he said. Cops have raided 85 homes and arrested 102 suspected dealers in the township of 83,000. And the cops are determined to keep it that way.

Proceeds from the sales are going toward a $1,000 Upper Darby High School music-and-poetry scholarship in the memory of slain officer and poetry buff Dennis McNamara, Chitwood said.

McNamara was shot dead in January 2002 by a Pagans motorcycle gang member, Thomas Campbell, during a routine traffic stop. Campbell is serving a life sentence.
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:20 pm

As late as the 60's the word scumbag had a different meaning than the generic "criminal" type usage we now use it for.

It mean a used condom.

That's probably why it's banned. For many people, that's what it still means.
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Postby acsguitar » Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:31 pm

Scumbag meant a used condom!

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Postby Coppermine » Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:31 pm

I believe it's a term that was once vulgar, but it's meaning has changed. The used condom reference isn't quite the preferred definition anymore, therefore making it "less" vulgar.

Who knows, maybe in 50 years the F-word will take on a new meaning and we'll all be saying it like it's no big deal. After all, that's the case with many words, but I suppose that is much to the chagrin of certain people. That said, it all depends on what it means to the individual, therefore making an excellent case for the fact that profanity, or vulgarity specifically, is a silly and absurd thing to get all worked up over.

How saying the F-word a few times or seeing a nipple in a movie will automatically land it an R rating, yet, imprudent amounts of violence will keep it at a squeaky clean PG-13 is beyond me. Our rating system is stupid.

Geez, I think I kind of hijacked the thread. As for the story, I bet Madison is on the phone with the Upper Darby PD ordering a dozen shirts as we speak :-D
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Postby acsguitar » Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:33 pm

Coppermine wrote:Geez, I think I kind of hijacked the thread. As for the story, I bet Madison is on the phone with the Upper Darby PD ordering a dozen shirts as we speak :-D


hahah yea probably.

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Re: New police tactic??

Postby pjalst » Wed Dec 06, 2006 7:01 pm

Snakes Gould wrote:this story is getting alot of publicity around here in philly. but the funny part is, radio dj's arent allowed to say the word scumbag on the air. i was listening to a show and they were talking about the sitaution but kept explaining how they werent allowed to use the word on the air. how strange is that?



that's why i listen to Sirius. I get pissed when I hear regular radio and the bleep stuff out.
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Postby Madison » Wed Dec 06, 2006 7:03 pm

Coppermine wrote:Geez, I think I kind of hijacked the thread. As for the story, I bet Madison is on the phone with the Upper Darby PD ordering a dozen shirts as we speak :-D


Just one shirt, but a ton of the stickers to put on my guns! ;-D

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Postby acsguitar » Wed Dec 06, 2006 7:25 pm

Madison wrote:
Coppermine wrote:Geez, I think I kind of hijacked the thread. As for the story, I bet Madison is on the phone with the Upper Darby PD ordering a dozen shirts as we speak :-D


Just one shirt, but a ton of the stickers to put on my guns! ;-D

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Oh man thats funny!

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Postby JTWood » Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:30 pm

Chitwood... Why does it seem like I've heard that guy's name before?

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Postby Snakes Gould » Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:50 pm

you probably have...his son was a big time cop in philadelphia for awhile until recently taking a job as commissioner of miami's police force. his name gets mentioned alot, not quite sure why though.
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