A Rhode Island woman has been accused by her neighbors of violating an animal-noise ordinance by training her cockatoo to cuss. Lynne Taylor is accused of training the bird, Willy, to say expletives. The bird allegedly aimed the expletives at the neighbors, who happen to be Taylor’s ex-husband and his girlfriend. The neighbors, Kathleen Melker and Craig Fontaine, say they have been subjected to repeated curses from the bird, at one point for 15 minutes at a time.
Three thoughts on this story. First, this woman is a GENIUS. She should be a consultant for future ex-wives to help them find ways to let off steam without using sharp objects or projectiles.
Second, who gets a divorce and then moves in with their new girlfriend right next door to the ex-wife? You’re asking to be cursed at in some way shape or form – by somebody.
And third, because this is a violation of an animal-noise ordinance, I can only assume that it’s perfectly legal to teach your pet to curse, just so long as they do it quietly.