Court Orders Whistling Man: Walk Around More
He thinks his whistling is free speech, but local businesses disagreed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 25, 2013 1:58 PM CST
This is not the whistling guy. It's just a model who is whistling. Don't blame him.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Maine man charged with disorderly conduct for his loud whistling in downtown Portland has reached a deal with the city—he can whistle, but he can't linger in one spot. Robert Smith has been cited by police twice in the past year after businesses complained. He pleaded guilty last summer and reached a deal with the city in which he can keep whistling as long as he's moving. Smith says his whistling—audible a block away—is protected free speech and usually brings smiles, but city officials didn't buy the argument. See the Portland Press-Herald's original story.

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Chatsworth
Feb 26, 2013 7:39 PM CST
Well now he'll be whistlin' all around town drivin' everyone nuts!If he was cited by police, it must be some kinda loud whistle.Maybe someone should sneak up behind him and light off some firecrackers,give him what fer!
jagerhans
Feb 26, 2013 6:30 AM CST
people should grow to be decent and intelligent enough to tell what really needs attention in courts and what f'ing DOES NOT.
Barney_Vincelette
Feb 25, 2013 7:14 PM CST
Still, it is bad manners to annoy people and it is unfortunate that extra laws have to be made to bring relief from these diminutions in quality of life because our culture does not have enough civility to consider others.