A man in Ohio is suing others for honking their horns. While it is easy to laugh at this, if his allegations are true, he probably has a case for harassment. I’m not licensed in Ohio, so I’m not certain what the law there is, but in Wisconsin the alleged acts could definitely constitute harassment. Wisconsin defines harassment in part, as: “Engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts which harass or intimidate another person and which serve no legitimate purpose.”
For those curious, terrorism is defined by Wisconsin Statute as: a felony under ch. 939 to 951 that is committed with intent to terrorize and is committed under any of the following circumstances:
1. The person committing the felony causes bodily harm, great bodily harm, or death to another.
2. The person committing the felony causes damage to the property of another and the total property damaged is reduced in value by $25,000 or more. For purposes of this subdivision, property is reduced in value by the amount that it would cost either to repair or replace it, whichever is less.
3. The person committing the felony uses force or violence or the threat of force or violence.
Honking horns is not terrorism, “small town” or not.
Tactics such as the ones allegedly committed the defendants in this case are common. When there is a personal dispute, especially when it involves neighbors, people will resort to all sorts of childish acts in order to get under the other person’s skin. In addition, people often use the court system by suing other people to get under their skin. In this case, if the defendant’s side is true, that is exactly what is happening here. I don’t know the facts, but I thought it was interesting, and as outlandish as it seems, much more common than most would think.
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