is it against the law to insult a clerk in a store?

    I made a rude remark to a convenience store clerk and he threatened to have me arrested (California)

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    No it isn't against the law, but it is rude. Didn't you Mother ever teach you that if you can't say something nice you shouldn't say anything at all? If she didn't she should have.
    Ms Sinclair

    Yeah but we don't what the situation was. Maybe he was rude to WJ first.

    my mother use to say if you dont have somthing to say about some one come sit next to

    i ve ran into some rude cashiers myself and wondered how they kept their job. in fact i ran into one t wendys and i wanted to snatch her across the counter. she looked like shes about 16. i let it go. left the place.
    The extent and manner in which you do it probably defines the legality. A little cautious restraint sometimes goes a long way, and so does reciprocal respect.
    California is the "sue" capital of the world. If it's serious consult an attorney or public defender.
    It's hard to really say w/o the context of statement but, FREEDOM OF SPEECH protects but, isn't being RUDE bringing oneself down to their level!
    I your comment was racial, there could be cause for legal action. Some states are becoming anal. In the heat of an argument we all have said something to insight a person we are confronting. I've been called a Nazi, cracker, white MF, old f**k. Get over it and consider the source.

    I guess my interpretation of a racial comment differs from yours. We live in America. We speak American. We should not have to press 1 for English. There is no law saying 1 for English has to exist. There is a law however that people who want to be American citizens need to know basic English.
    ed shank

    Colleen, I'm not getting your response to my answer. I never mentioned anything regarding the English language.

    OK, I just looked at your comment again...The "I" should be "If". Sorry, I thought you were saying his comment WAS racial. I ignored the "I" as a typo ;)
    I don't know if my first reploy went through, but I was upset that the card reader at the pump didn't work, so I made the crack that "Maybe I forgot to press ONE for English. I didn't think of it being a racist remark. I am very proud of my Hispanic Grandchildren. The clerk really went off on it.

    LOL, I would have laughed! I disagree with having 1 for English too ;) The clerk is probably in import. ;)
    wj ... what did he say to you to cause you to respond in a "rude" way"
    thanks benthere. I never thought of that but then it's unlikely that I'll say something rude to a clerk in a convenience store.
    W. J.

    Ah the pay at the pump function didn't work, so I made the crack that maybe I forgot to press "one" for English. It wasn't meant to be racist sounding, in fact I am proud of my Hispanic grandchildren. It was just a stupid remark, but the cleark really went off on it.
    Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by many state constitutions and state and federal laws, with the exception of obscenity, defamation, incitement to riot, and fighting words,[1] as well as harassment, privileged communications, trade secrets, classified material, copyright, patents, military conduct, commercial speech such as advertising, and time, place and manner restrictions. From Wickipedia not me.

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