I’ve heard of fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview mirror, but I have never heard of a pair of fake testicles as a car ornament. But that’s just what a South Carolina woman had hanging from the back of her pickup truck, and if that isn’t shocking enough, she’s now facing obscenity charges for her choice of decorations.
Bonneau Police Chief, Franco Fuda, ticketed 65-year-old Virginia Tice when he spotted her strange adornment at a local convenience store in July. Although the offense carries no jail time, Tice could pay a fine of up to $445. Tice has decided to fight the fine and let a jury decide whether or not her plastic balls are protected under her rights to freedom of speech. South Carolina state laws prohibit indecent bumper stickers, decals, or devices that would be deemed offensive by "contemporary community standards". This includes "sexual acts, excretory functions, or parts of the human body".
A South Carolina law firm is representing Tice for free and her attorney, Scott Bishoff, recently stated:
She’s such a sweet lady and she just says ‘I don’t want to pay the fine.’ We’ll let a jury decide whether this is really criminal behavior. I don’t want to take away from the importance of free speech, but it’s really comical.
The plastic testicles, known as Bulls Balls or Truck Nutz, are advertised on some websites with the slogan "Show Your Nuts". Several lawmakers in various states have attempted to ban the colorful rubber novelties.
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