Cell phone use in
Huntington Beach libraries could cost $1,000
Associated Press September 2004
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.
- Using a cellular
telephone in a city library could cost incessant yakkers
plenty - up to $1,000.
City leaders adopted an
ordinance, which takes effect Sept. 15, that bans all cell
phone use in libraries, including talking, text messaging
and ringing tones of any kind.
First-time violators will
be warned, then fined $250 if they don't comply. A second
offense gets a $500 fine and a third offense gets a $1,000
Huntington Beach civic
leaders believe those may be the nation's stiffest fines for
cell use. The ordinance was prompted by complaints about
annoying rings and people walking around or standing at
computer terminals chatting loudly.
"People are really getting
sick of these things with the screaming and yelling and
these anguished conversations," said Carol "Miss Manners"
Page, founder of CellManners.com, a site dedicated to
promoting cell phone etiquette.
Some feel the ordinance is
"I loved it when they put
out the signs for no cell phones. It's annoying," said Tom
Supranovich, 35, who was at the Huntington Beach Central
Library on Tuesday.
But a $250 fine'
"That's a little
draconian," Supranovich said "A day's expulsion would get
the message across."
The fines were reduced from
an initial proposal of $500 or six months in jail for the