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Merchant spanks boy for teaching parrot profanity
World Net Daily ^ | 7/9/03 | Staff

Posted on 07/09/2003 2:42:33 PM PDT by Paul Ross

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Wednesday, July 9, 2003



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Merchant spanks boy for teaching parrot profanity
Man faces 60 days in cage for disciplining child over fowl language


Posted: July 9, 2003
5:12 p.m. Eastern


© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com


(WCNC-TV)

A flap over a cursing parrot is giving new meaning to flipping the bird as a store owner is accused of spanking a boy he claims was teaching his pet profanity.

William Soper, 64, of Statesville, N.C., faces a misdemeanor charge of assault after whacking a 9-year-old child who was not his son.

"God, I'd get child abuse at home, but he can get away with that?" the boy's mother, Sheree Bustle, told the Charlotte Observer. "If you've got a problem with a kid abusing a bird, he could've handled it differently."

Bustle was not inside the Clock World store at the time of the incident when her two sons talked to Sparky the parrot, perched in an outdoor cage belonging to the shop owner.

Soper says he was fixing clocks when he heard squawking and repeated shouts of an expletive.


'F' is for fowl language (WXII-TV)

"I said its name 30 million times, and it said it back, and it said hello and all this stuff, and then it automatically said the F-word," Chris Bustle, 12, told the Observer, admitting he did egg the bird on.

That's when Soper, who claims Sparky had never previously uttered any fowl language, grabbed 9-year-old Matthew by the shirt, smacked his bottom and told the boys to leave if they couldn't behave.

"My feet were just kicking, trying to get away," Matthew told the paper, saying he was scared but not hurt.

"I think I can protect my property against vandalism, as long as I don't use a gun," Soper said. "A pop on the bottom is non-lethal."

He says the boys were spitting on Sparky, and adds protecting his $13,000 pet justifies the spanking.

"I think if they're old enough to be roaming the streets by themselves, they're old enough to be punished," he told the Observer.

Soper faces a court hearing Monday, with the possibility of a fine and up to 60 days in the county cage.

Though he hasn't heard a repeat of the obscene language from Sparky, he's not sure about the future since parrots don't erase often-heard words.

"It's worse than graffiti," he said. "You can't wash it out."




TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: juveniledelinquent; miscreant; parrot; profanity; vandalism
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If the mother (where is the father, eh?) had a SHRED of decency, she should have never brought charges, or had them dropped, and she should THANK the guy for helping discipline her worthless juvenile delinquent.
1 posted on 07/09/2003 2:42:34 PM PDT by Paul Ross
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2 posted on 07/09/2003 2:45:01 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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Crazy World Ping!
3 posted on 07/09/2003 2:45:10 PM PDT by Eaker (This is OUR country; let's take it back!!!!!)
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I can picture me as a kid, coming across a parrot and trying to get it to cuss, LOL. Hell, I can picture me doing the same thing now, for that matter.

Where is your sense of mischief?

4 posted on 07/09/2003 2:46:14 PM PDT by Chancellor Palpatine
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admitting he did egg the bird on.

Oh they're cracking me up here. But seriesly folks, I know parrots and $13k for a bird is way outta lion.

5 posted on 07/09/2003 2:52:03 PM PDT by steveo (...it's just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.)
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
Yeah, but "shoot" and "durn it" just didn't get people's attention. Even my grand fathers occasional "dad burn it" failed to shock.
6 posted on 07/09/2003 2:52:28 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: Paul Ross
Someone tell that kid, "You break it, you bought it."
7 posted on 07/09/2003 2:54:27 PM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: billhilly
The boys mother should call John Edwards; hes a sleazy lawyer..
8 posted on 07/09/2003 2:54:51 PM PDT by cardinal4 (The Senate Armed Services Comm; the Chinese pipeline into US secrets)
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To: Paul Ross
"My feet were just kicking, trying to get away," Matthew told the paper, saying he was scared but not hurt.

Case dismissed.

9 posted on 07/09/2003 2:55:02 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts ()
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
Where is your sense of mischief?

I got smacked for my mischief when I was a kid.

But sometimes it was worth it.

10 posted on 07/09/2003 2:56:31 PM PDT by toast
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To: steveo
I want one, but my wife won't let me have one.
11 posted on 07/09/2003 3:03:30 PM PDT by Chancellor Palpatine
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To: steveo
Sparky had never previously uttered any fowl language

Years ago I went into a pet shop that was housed in a very old Victorian house, very large, lots of rooms. I couldn't find any humans to help me and was waiting around for some help when I heard this "voice" that sounded like a deep-voiced radio announcer. The "voice" said, "Hello. My name is George. Do you want me to hurt you?" Then the voice started singing Happy Birthday in a very slow, deep, dark and scary manner.

Needless to say, I froze and looked around to see where the voice was coming from, but no one was there. Just as I was about to make a fast exit, a man came down the stairs. I said "were you just singing Happy Birthday?" "No," he laughed. "That was George;" he pointed to a small black mynah bird. Then he told me that George has about eight "voices". LOL!

12 posted on 07/09/2003 3:03:36 PM PDT by EggsAckley ( "Aspire to mediocracy"................new motto for publik skools.............)
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
Listen to your wife.These things will outlive you, your kids, your grandkids.. even a nuclear winter.... plus they are filthy and sound like Fran Drescher on steroids.
13 posted on 07/09/2003 3:08:53 PM PDT by habs4ever
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To: Paul Ross
I'm sure a $985,000,000 lawsuit will soon follow.
14 posted on 07/09/2003 3:12:29 PM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: habs4ever
My elder daughter had one that would mimic the sound of the alarm clock. It finally passed away. Quietly, in it's sleep.

/john

15 posted on 07/09/2003 3:20:35 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (I'm just a cook.)
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To: Paul Ross
Was the parrot nailed to its perch or pineing for the fjords?
16 posted on 07/09/2003 3:31:51 PM PDT by TexasRepublic
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To: steveo
But seriesly folks, I know parrots and $13k for a bird is way outta lion.

It was a six year-old green-wing macaw, probably hand-raised. What do those run?


17 posted on 07/09/2003 3:34:31 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
I can picture me as a kid, coming across a parrot and trying to get it to cuss, LOL. Hell, I can picture me doing the same thing now, for that matter. Where is your sense of mischief?

The bird will live for decades, and might not ever stop cussing.

Where would your sense of mischief be if someone keyed the F-word on your car door? After all, the paint job would probably cost less than the bird.


18 posted on 07/09/2003 3:37:21 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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The guy was doing the kid a favor. A spanking at an early age is a quick way to learn manners and build character.

I can still remember the taste of soap when, as a child, I slipped in an inappropriate word at the dinner table. The punishment for that faux pas was swift and well remembered. I never did that again.
19 posted on 07/09/2003 3:38:22 PM PDT by Noachian (Legislation without Representation has no place in a free Republic)
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To: Sabertooth
maybe $2400-3500 if hand hand tame and sweet. A Hyacinth Macaw will bing $8K to $10K...
20 posted on 07/09/2003 3:39:12 PM PDT by steveo (...it's just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.)
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