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    Quote Originally Posted by BKR View Post
    Getting spit on, I"m not sure where that falls in to the "continuum of force". I think it's considered battery in Idaho, as in "unwanted touching".
    I'd say spitting on somebody is a civil battery and at least a misdemeanor criminal assault (or criminal battery) everywhere in the U.S. Problem is, under the law that doesnt necessarily justify using physical force in response, if no other physical force is threatened or reasonably anticipated. The good news is that I'd be surprised if anyone were ever prosecuted for returning a single blow under those circumstances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CapnMunchh View Post
    I'd say spitting on somebody is a civil battery and at least a misdemeanor criminal assault (or criminal battery) everywhere in the U.S. Problem is, under the law that doesnt necessarily justify using physical force in response, if no other physical force is threatened or reasonably anticipated. The good news is that I'd be surprised if anyone were ever prosecuted for returning a single blow under those circumstances.
    In Idaho, "battery" equal actual touching, "assault" is for example taking a swing and missing.

    I agree about the low chances of prosecution for hitting a guy once who spit on you. I'd be willing to take my chances with a jury on that one...
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    Must have been a scientist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKR View Post


    Anyway, I would not have beat the guy down for spitting at me. I'd have just left the scene as quickly and safely as possible.
    Yes, I understand. It's a culture thing for me, I don't give a **** about the law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It is Fake View Post
    Yes, I understand. It's a culture thing for me, I don't give a **** about the law.
    Well, it is plainly obvious that you are an uncultured heathen. Probably all those comics you read, they have turned you in to a hooligan.

    A Hooligan I say!

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    Doofa is actually right for once.

    Spitting BY ITSELF is considered assault in a lot of jurisdictions, especially against officers.

    And, the spit doesn't actually have to land on you to count as assault.

    While I was a grand juror, there was an ADDED charge of assault on an officer due to spitting, post arrest, and it never touched him.
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    Most of you guys are way more level headed than I am, if someone is launching saliva missiles at me I would find it difficult to not stomp the asswipes nuts into pudding. But I tend to overreact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It is Fake View Post
    Yes, I understand. It's a culture thing for me, I don't give a **** about the law.
    I'm sure you do.

    Culture uber alles, 'bro.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bneterasedmynam View Post
    Most of you guys are way more level headed than I am, if someone is launching saliva missiles at me I would find it difficult to not stomp the asswipes nuts into pudding. But I tend to overreact.
    I take it you have not been much involved with the criminal justice system.

    But stomp away, I wouldn't blame you in the least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodlun View Post
    Honestly I would have paid him his fair and if it actually bothered me enough I would report him to what ever taxi commission.
    I did pay him a fare - just not the one he wanted. The issue was that he had picked up some other guy on the way, drove out of my way to drop him off, taken money from this dude for his trip, then tried to charge me the full fare on the meter when we arrived at my destination. **** that.

    Quote Originally Posted by BKR View Post
    Anyway, I would not have beat the guy down for spitting at me. I'd have just left the scene as quickly and safely as possible.

    Not sure how the law works in China, though.
    The law is vague. I've asked policemen about self defence laws and they say, "just call the police." Not very helpful. The 'law' generally seems to come down on the side of whoever looks worse at the end of the fight. Most things don't even go to court, you just have to spend hours negotiating 'compensation' in a police station with someone who is hoping for a big pay day off a rich foreigner. That's the main reason I tried to avoid punches to the face.


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    Excessive force is OK if it is funny.

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