"Meathead Ordinance" Proposed By Nick Licata, Least Meatheady Councilmember

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Being a douchebag may soon be illegal in Seattle. The City Council has a new plan, dubbed the "meathead ordinance," to crack down on obnoxious late-night behavior. And the man behind it is the Councilmember who's probably least familiar with the douchey behavior he's targeting.

Councilmember Nick Licata sponsored the ordinance, which would make rowdy behavior like motorcycle revving, horn honking, yelling and fighting between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. punishable by a fine of $100.

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Councilmember Bruce Harrell: there's no way this guy didn't bust a few skulls back in the day.
The move is clearly meant to give cops another tool in their effort to curb douchey behavior post bar-closing time. But hilariously, a Licata assistant told The Seattle Times that the tickets could also be used to prevent drunk Belltown or University District brawlers from ever throwing punches in the first place.

"This being a civil procedure, part of it is prevention, too," he told The Times. Tickets could help, he said, "sort of in defusing a situation before the pepper spray comes out."

Righhht. Because if two Affliction-clothed Jagerbomb swillers are willing to ignore the pepper spray threats, I'm sure they'll think twice when they get warned with a fine equal to their average bar tab.

Anyway, part of the fun of having Licata -- who's about 125 pounds soaking wet -- propose a law that targets fighting is that it looks like he didn't take into account that not everyone who throws a punch deserves to get in trouble.

Councilmember Bruce Harrell -- a linebacker on a Rose Bowl-winning University of Washington team who casts a more imposing figure than Licata -- sees things differently.

Harrell offered an unsuccessful amendment that specified that only instigators would be fined. Splitting hairs, to be sure -- part of a cop's job is figuring out who started what. But funny considering that he's considering the possibility of wanting to deck some drunk, belligerent asshole. Whereas it might not ever have occurred to Licata.

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