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Monday, January 5, 2015

Wearing a Hoodie in Oklahoma Could Get You a $500 Fine!

I guess this means, you better stay your ass out of Oklahoma people.  
You heard it right, a $500 fine for wearing a hoodie in public.

KFOR TV is reporting that wearing a head covering during a crime has been against the law since the 1920s, but hey guys, in case you didn't know, it's 2015 and everyone is wearing hoodies.  Hell, I wear one everyday when I go to the gym.  Does this mean that I'm getting ready to commit a crime?  Does this mean am automatically planning to commit a crime?  
The original intent of the law was to curb violence perpetrated by the Ku Klux Klan. Under the proposed law, anyone caught violating it would be guilty of a misdemeanor that’s punishable by a fine up to $500.
Exemptions, according to the language in the bill, include religious garments, weather protection, safety or medical purposes, parades, Halloween celebrations, masquerade parties, “minstrel troupes,” circuses, sporting groups, mascots or “other amusements or dramatic shows.”
News of the proposed bill has many Oklahoma residents concerned in light of the bill’s language still being overly broad and easily misconstrued to ban hooded sweatshirts on any occasion.
“I think this is a violation of an individual’s right to chose what they want to wear as long as it doesn’t violate the realm of public decency and moral values, and I think this could be very problematic,” Oklahoma City attorney James Siderias told KFOR.
State Sen. Don Barrington (R), told the station that the goal of the bill is simply to help deter crime.
“The intent of Senate Bill 13 is to make businesses and public places safer by ensuring that people cannot conceal their identities for the purpose of crime or harassment. … Similar language has been in Oklahoma statutes for decades and numerous other states have similar laws in place,” he said. “Oklahoma businesses want state leaders to be responsive to their safety concerns, and this is one way we can provide protection.”

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