In Medway, Massachusetts, a septic-system service happens to be located pretty much across the street from an elementary school. This would be absolutely unremarkable, except the owner of the company puts his slogan on all his trucks. Which means that numerous times a day, the kids at the school have the chance to look out into the street and see, in big bold letters, “SHIT HAPPENS.”
I am practically a First Amendment absolutist, but I have never had the slightest respect for anyone who puts profanities on their vehicles. It’s crass, its’ crude, and it’s offensive.
Let me clarify that: I have nothing against things being offensive. But I have a huge problem with someone being RANDOMLY offensive, just ticking off anyone within eyeshot or earshot. It’s self-centered and annoying, with the offender loudly proclaiming that THEIR right to be offensive trumps anyone else’s right to simply be left alone.
I don’t think that there ought to be any legal ramifications for this particular jerk, but I’d like to have his business’ location and slogan loudly trumpeted, and people who think he’s just being an asshole stop giving him their patronage.
Yes, Mr. Trufant, you have every right to be a jerk. And yes, it’s clever. But for heaven’s sake, will you stop rubbing our noses in it?