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Article posted Thursday, July 9, 2015 11:35am

Dear Mary Pat,

I was celebrating the 4th of July with some friends. We were all waiting for the fireworks to start and had a blanket set up on the beach. My one friend “Cassie” kept swearing (which she tends to do) really loudly and we all kept telling her to stop. It was inappropriate since there were so many children around. One family gave us all a dirty look and got up to find another place. Cassie didn’t seem one bit phased. The rest of us were mortified. How can I tell her to clean up her language, at least in public?

Signed,

Quiet Down Already!

Algoma, Wis.

Dear Quiet Down Already,

This is disgraceful. We have all said a thing or two that maybe we shouldn’t have, but to curse loudly in front of children? That’s pitiful. I would tell your friend that swearing around kids is unacceptable and that you and your other friends were very uncomfortable. If she can’t restrain herself and be a responsible adult, then you should think twice about hanging out with her in public.

And Cassie, if you’re reading this, class it up please.

Good luck,

Mary Pat