Parents, it looks like it's time to be ever-vigilant about your choice of words. Dropping an F-bomb in front of your kids can land you in jail.
Mom Danielle Wolf was grocery shopping at a Kroger store in North Augusta, South Carolina when she was arrested for disorderly conduct after cursing in the presence of her two daughters, WJBF News Channel 6 reports.
According to the incident report from the North Augusta Department Of Public Safety, Wolf yelled at her children, told them to "stop squishing the f*cking bread," and used "similar phrases multiple times." Another woman at the store then approached the mother and asked her to stop using that language with her children.
But Wolf insists this is not what happened. "She's like, 'you told that they were smashing the bread', and I said 'no' I said that to my husband, that he was smashing the bread by throwing the frozen pizzas on top of it," she told WJBF.
But the woman, who was referred to "Ms. Smith" in the police report and later identified as "Michelle" by NBC affiliate WAGT, reported Wolf to the authorities, leading to the mother's arrest for disorderly conduct.
"He was like, 'You're under arrest'... right in front of kids, in front of my husband, in front of customers," Wolf told WJBF of the officer who approached her in the store. She added, "I didn't harm nobody. I didn't hurt nobody. The lady said she was having a bad day. So, because you're having a bad day you're going to ruin somebody's life."
According to North Augusta law, disorderly conduct can occur if a person happens to “utter, while in a state of anger, in the presence of another, any bawdy, lewd or obscene words or epithets,” WJBF reports. The South Carolina state law's definition of the misdemeanor includes "use obscene or profane language on any highway or at any public place or gathering or in hearing distance of any schoolhouse or church."
Michelle Smith, the woman who reported Wolf to the police, later apologized to Wolf over the phone, and the call was recorded in a video by WAGT.
In the video, Smith explains that she never intended to have Wolf arrested and that she was only trying to advocate for the children. She noted that hearing Wolf's cursing triggered memories of her abusive childhood. "It took me back to a very hard time, and no one ever stood up for me," she stated, adding, "I apologize for getting into your business." Wolf accepted the apology and offered one of her own. "I can assure you that i will never say that word out in public again. I will never say it to my children. I will never say it to my husband," she said.
According to WJBF, Wolf is scheduled to appear in court on September 12.