Odds and ends for June 14


Obscenities written on ticket payment

LIBERTY, N.Y. (AP) — A 22-year-old Connecticut man who wrote obscenities and “Tyranny” on his speeding ticket payment claims in a federal lawsuit that his free speech rights were violated when he was arrested.

William Barboza is suing two police officers in the Catskill-area village of Liberty over the arrest.

Barboza had replaced the word “Liberty” with “Tyranny” and added an obscenity-laced insult on the payment form accompanying an August 2012 ticket.

The lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union says the man was ordered to town court, where he was handcuffed and arrested for aggravated harassment. He posted $200 bail that day. The charge was dismissed in March.

The NYCLU argues that offensive language is protected speech.

Jester is wanted at hotel in Austria

VIENNA (AP) — Wanted: A jester. Wallflowers need not apply. It’s no joke. An Austrian hotel is advertising for a modern-day court fool, who is communicative, extroverted, musical, creative and imaginative.

Applicants for the job at the Rogner Bad Blumau hotel and spa are asked to bring — and play — their musical instrument during the job interview. Also welcome: creative costumes. The successful candidate will earn $1,900 a month.

Hotel director Melanie Franke says those interested should not think they’re on a

The hotel in Austria’s Styria province was designed by famed Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Franke says the jester concept fits its hotel’s colorful appearance.

 

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