POSTED: 10:22 am EST November 4, 2005
RENO, Nev. -- Off with their thumbs!
That's the suggestion of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.
He said graffiti artists caught defacing freeways should get their thumbs cut off -- on TV no less.
Goodman, appearing on the "Nevada Newsmakers" television show in Reno, said efforts are made to have beautiful highway landscaping, including paintings, and "These punks come along and deface it. I'm saying maybe you put them on TV and cut off a thumb."
Goodman also told the TV show that whippings or canings should be brought back for kids who get into trouble.
Goodman said he's dead serious about his crime-fighting suggestions. But he added there should be a trial before any whippings or thumb-choppings.
Goodman said society has to do something about repeat troublemakers who just don't learn.
Another panelist, a Nevada State University system regent, responded by saying that cutting off the thumbs of taggers won't solve the problem and that Goodman should "Use his head for something other than a hat rack."
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