If you currently are or have ever been a stupid teenager, chances are you've done something dim-witted at a drive-thru. Maybe you mumbled your order to sound like you're saying "fart," or perhaps you've yelled something antagonistic like "Meat is murder." Apparently it's possible to walk away with a disorderly conduct charge for stuff like that if you're not careful. Luckily, though, free speech is still safe in one state, as a Utah judge declared rapping at the drive-thru window is perfectly legal.
Last year, a Utah teenager named Spenser Dauwalter was cited for disorderly conduct for mimicking a YouTube video wherein a person in a car raps their order at a McDonald's. Original or not, Dauwalter got slapped with a disorderly conduct citation, a court date and a possible $750 fine. The case got a bit of publicity for its absurdity, making it all the way up to the highest echelon of comedic news with the clip from the Colbert Report above.
Luckily, for all that is well and good in the universe, the trial ended yesterday and Dauwalter was set free, effectively making it okay for everyone in America to run out and sing their orders at retails stores. While we're not certain this antic was particularly funny or interesting, it's nice to know our free speech is protected, even when we're doing something brainless.
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