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Ariz. Man on Anti-Spitting Crusade

December 16, 1997

SUN CITY, Ariz. (AP) _ Ballplayers beware.

Joe Paul is watching, and if he sees you spitting, he’ll turn you in.

Paul is on a one-man anti-spitting crusade, and he says he will start with players in the new Bank One Ballpark, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He plans to ask the Arizona Department of Health Services to cite players who expectorate on the premises.

Not only is public spitting disgusting, Paul says, it’s ``part of the societal breakdown.″ Not to mention illegal under a nearly forgotten Arizona law which allows saliva scofflaws to be fined or jailed.

But the health services department, which would enforce the law, has better things to do, spokesman Brad Christensen said.

``What are we supposed to do?″ Christensen asked. ``Jail people? For spitting? The state has far more serious health problems to deal with than with ballplayers spitting all over Bank One Ballpark.″

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