Ornaments below the bumper cause outrage

BONNEAU, S.C. (WCIV) -- A jury will decide the fate of a woman ticketed for dangling the family jewels from the trailer hitch of her truck.

The case has many in the small town of Bonneau questioning the issue and the relevance of freedom of speech in the debate.

"The fact that she is getting a ticket for something like this, kind of makes me mad," Joshua Lindsay said. "It does fall right along the lines of freedom of speech."

Bonneau Police Chief, Franco Fuda, wrote a $445 ticket to Virginia Tice on July 5. He said she had, what are known as Bulls Balls hanging off her truck. Fuda said the ornaments below the bumper, according to state law, are a public obscenity.

"It very specifically says you cannot have a human body part dangling from a vehicle anywhere or attached to a vehicle that the community as a whole may find offensive," Chief Fuda said.

One Bonneau resident, Shirley Perry said the town thinks it is something to laugh at, not get upset about.

"He needs something else to do evidently," she said. "People have the right to freedom of speech. I didn't see anything immoral about it."

Chief Fuda said he does not see the humor in this eight inch life-like simulate of the male anatomy.

"If you had a small child, particularly a girl or with an elderly grandmother or have a preacher in the car, how would you feel? That's the litmus test," he said.

But the way Perry sees the whole issue, is if it is not real, then it shouldn't be a problem.

"As long as there is no foul language and not a real body part, then I don't see anything wrong with it," she said.

Twelve people will ultimately decide how decent or indecent the vehicle ornament is when Tice's case goes to jury in August.