Vice Squad
Friday, October 08, 2004
Naperville's Anti-Dodos

In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the Dodo decides the outcome of various meanderings defined as a race by declaring: 'EVERYBODY has won, and all must have prizes.' In Naperville, Illinois, the ruling is "EVERYBODY has lost, and all must have fines." Naperville likes to ticket teens not only for drinking, but for not drinking, too, at least if they choose not to drink in the presence of underage drinkers. Tomorrow there will be a town meeting on the "presence restriction." Someone at the meeting might want to mention that if you punish the innocent and guilty alike, the incentive to be innocent is diminished. (The loyal Vice Squad reader will recall our dismay at this story a few months ago.)

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