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Jan 28 2014

$60,000 Fine for Small Talk

In totalitarian regimes, it is best not to be too garrulous. Anything you say — no matter how innocuous — can and might be used against you. An example from the repressive dystopia known as Taxachusetts:

The seemingly innocent question posed by a Boston rental agent to Gladys Linder when they were searching for an apartment was “Where are you from?”

“Venezuela,” she answered.

Gladys and her husband went on to find an apartment a month later without further incident. But she found the question about her national origin insulting and upsetting.

This is Massachusetts, and you know what came next.

Stokel filed a complaint with the Boston Fair Housing Commission, claiming that rental agent’s question was discriminatory and caused her to suffer fear, anxiety and sleeplessness over a three-year period.

Seriously?

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 151B and the Boston Fair Housing Commission Regulations make it illegal for any licensed real estate broker “to cause to be made any written or oral inquiry or record concerning . . . national origin.”

Although this was the agent’s first discrimination complaint and there was no discriminatory impact on the tenants at all, the Commission found that the question itself was unlawful and issued one of the largest penalties I have seen in recent years — $10,000 in emotional distress damages, plus $44,000 in attorney’s fees and costs and a $7,500 civil penalty against the broker — a whopping $61,500 in total liability for this single question, not to mention the tens of thousands the agent had to pay for defense legal fees.

The ruling can be found here: Linder v. Boston Fair Housing Commission, Mass. Appeals Court (Dec. 17, 2013).

Like Islam, Nazism, and Soviet communism, political correctness is a lunatic ideology that allows zero tolerance for what it defines as thought crimes. Given that we live in a society run by adherents to this malignant creed, it is best when talking to those you don’t know well enough to trust to keep all communication down to single syllables, or if possible, noncommittal grunts.

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Life under liberals.

On a tip from JC. Hat tips: Theo Spark, Hallmark Abstract Service.


  • Phil Wilson

    There are patriots that live in MA, I know. And I’m sorry for them. But, that said, I’ll never willingly set foot in MA, not knowingly do business with any company based in MA.

  • TED

    But then, liberals humpin’ liberals, ya gotta laugh. THEY set it up this way.

  • TED
  • dan

    ….she didn’t ask where she was born…her country of origin or her genetic heritage….nor her legal status.
    as Bubba would parse, depends on
    your definition of ‘where’ .

  • 762×51

    In the words of Shelly Marcone – “You know, I think it’s just gonna be cheaper to kill that son of a bitch”.

    You realize that if someone had a foreign sounding name, something clearly not American, a really outlandish name like, oh, say Barack Hussein Obama, you would not even be able to ask them their name on the rental form because THAT will be considered racist.

    The criminal class which is the real power base of the Democrat party loves this stuff. They can just slide by without needing to identify themselves.

  • Thomas Wells

    Given the IQs of the PC set,grunts and gestures are probably your best bet in dealing with them.

  • Spurwing Plover

    Liberals want the U.S. Constituion totaly junked and replaced bya more up-dated one that allows for illegal aliens to camp on your private property and give full rights to rats and snakes and revokes the 2nd AMENDMENT

  • Thanks for the link back to Hallmark Abstract Service!

    Mike

  • Sam Adams

    “Where are you from?”

    Let’s be honest. If you can’t ask that question, you are no longer a free man or woman. You are a slave.

  • Son of Taz

    Under liberalism, you can’t be nice.

    Iwas born in Mass and have lived here all my life so far. I will not be drawing my last breath here though nor will I be buried here. The pointy headed Hah-vad types have destroyed this state and they can have it.

    By the way Phil Wilson, many of us patriots operate businesses here because we have to eat too, so don’t write us all off.

  • I AM SO DAMN SICK OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. IT MAKES ABOUT AS MUCH SENSE AS TRYING TO PICK UP A TURD BY THE CLEAN END.

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