This story from Irish Lass about harrassment while voting in the California election is clearly a tale of the election worker being a major league jerk. What I find just as distrurbing though is the immediate baying for legal action. Is that what we do know? While it was clearly an unpleasant experience, was it really so bad as to get lawyers involved and the expenditure of thousands (if not tens of thousands) of dollars?
The basis of the poll workers obnoxiousness was the fact that Irish Lass was wearing a political T-shirt. There has been a lot of discussion about whether the poll work was legally correct to object to this, but if a group of people as well read as this (and apparently a number of lawyers and other election workers) find this a contentious issue, how can some volunteer poll worker be expected to know? I don’t think that’s a very useful item to contend with. The very fact of the argument means that he had at least a plausible basis for believing the shirt was inappropriate.
Now some commentors seem to think that if you label the poll worker as not a random psycho then you’re defending him. I’m defending his objection to the T-shirt, while stating clearly that his method for dealing with the problem was completely inappropriate. Personally, I think the best idea was to try to get some public humiliation going and leave it at that. That’s an eye for an eye, isn’t it?