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In olden times, cast members would station themselves outside FastPass lines, powerful gatekeepers who would collect the paper tickets and grant access or turn away scofflaws showing up at the wrong time and, yes, date.
Hit a few of these dumpers with a staggering fine – how does $1,000 per incident sound? – and those scofflaws would stop making their business our expense.
Image The job of New York attorney general over the past two decades has proved to be a launching pad for aspiring politicians who used their legal authority to go after Wall Street hucksters, corrupt politicians and real estate scofflaws.
Borough Manager Mike Perrone said that’s because landlords near West Chester University had become unrepentant scofflaws.
Furthermore, customers have started to self-police, reminding any potential scofflaws to park their pooch, said Wyatt.
For years the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission had minimal power to pursue scofflaws.
So on Wednesday, the retired corrections officer and school policeman from Nicetown headed to PPA’s Center City office to sign up for a limited-time amnesty program for scofflaws.
To put teeth into what is a civil, rather than criminal, sanction, the law gives municipalities the right to forward to the Registry of Motor Vehicles the names of scofflaws.
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scofflaw Was Created for a Contest
In 1924, a wealthy Massachusetts Prohibitionist named Delcevare King sponsored a contest in which he asked participants to coin an appropriate word to mean "a lawless drinker." King sought a word that would cast violators of Prohibition laws in a light of shame. Two respondents came up independently with the winning word: scofflaw, formed by combining the verb scoff and the noun law. Henry Dale and Kate Butler, also of Massachusetts, split King’s $200 prize. Improbably, despite some early scoffing from language critics, scofflaw managed to pick up steam in English and expand to a meaning that went beyond its Prohibition roots, referring to one who violates any law, not just laws related to drinking.
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