Florida's Dwarf Tossing Law Could Be Repealed to Ease Dwarf Unemployment

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Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, is tired of Florida's Big Brother government standing in the way of people getting jobs. Jobs that include being tossed around by drunk dudes specifically, so he's on a mission to repeal the state's two-decade-old ban on dwarf tossing. 


"I'm on a quest to seek and destroy unnecessary burdens on the freedom and liberties of people," Workman told The Palm Beach Post. "This is an example of Big Brother government."

"All that it does is prevent some dwarfs from getting jobs they would be happy to get," he added. "In this economy, or any economy, why would we want to prevent people from getting gainful employment?"

So Workman has filed a bill to repeal a 1989 law that bans dwarf tossing in the state. 

Dward tossing, originally made popular in Australia, involves little people suiting up in Velcro-clad suits, usually at bars. Then patrons compete to see who can through the person farthest up a Velcro surface. The Little People of America lobbied to have the practice outlawed in Florida.

"Aside from the physical dangers, dwarf-tossing is a demoralizing activity that treats the person with dwarfism as a mere object," said an LPA official at the time.

The ban was passed by a large margin by the then-Democrat controlled legislature and signed into law.

The LPA's stance has not changed since. 

"The possibility of getting paralyzed is high," David Dodge, Florida district director of the Little People of America, tells the Post, "and then to be used as an object for people's amusement is very degrading."

Perhaps legislators like Workman should be focused on creating high paying, respectable jobs to the state instead of unsafe, demeaning jobs. We hate to use the slippery slope argument, but Workman's logic could also be applied to other "jobs" like prostitution. 

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Badchess
Badchess

"to be used as an object for people's amusement is very degrading."There goes stand up comedy, as well as pro sports.

How about this:  Let the individual decide if he (or she, we must be pc) gets tossed?

LiberalConservationist
LiberalConservationist

Another idiot Repugnant pushing ridiculous laws, instead of actually working for the people. I think we should have Politician Punching, where regular folks sucker-punch these jerks whenever they see them in public. Big Bonus points for videos!!!

FYF
FYF

"We hate to use the slippery slope argument, but Workman's logic could also be applied to other "jobs" like prostitution. "

Sorry, buddy, but sex work is real work.

shoes boot
shoes boot

FTA "and then to be used as an object for people's amusement is very degrading."

So, what are strippers considered?

You wanted equal rights, but the law actually discriminates. "All that it does is prevent some dwarfs from getting jobs they would be happy to get" which is true, because I'm a fat bastard that could get a job legally being thrown on velcro for people's amusement.

This law is another example of politicians catering to a special interest group to pass legislation and having it backfire.

Patrickogle
Patrickogle

Legalize and tax tossing. Dwarf tossing could had literally hundreds of dollars to the state's coffers...

Henry Williams
Henry Williams

You'll have to take my dwarf from my dead cold ..... oh you know.

deanna
deanna

"........to be used as an object for people's amusement is very degrading." If the little people get paid well & have a good time as well, then let them do it. What's more degrading than minimum wages so the rich can get richer. Do u think they do not get amused regarding the lowliness of minimum wages. OH, & the rich for sure laugh about the rippoffs they get from high interst

YIKES!
YIKES!

And they call this gainful employment???  CA spent god knows how much in tax payer money to legalize pot distributing companies, got them up and running, and now a year or two later, shutting them down???  Doctors being charges with murder after the patient dies after an "elective" surgery, as the little porn star did after, what, 6 surgeries???  Now we can hire dwarfs to work in bars to be tossed about (thank god they are wearing a helmet), and they call that gainful employment???  I really need to stop reading/watching the news, just makes my blood pressure rise!!!!!  What a bunch of fools Americans are!

Scorpio7
Scorpio7

There are some folks whose "work" is holding up liquor stores or selling illegal narcotic substances.

I doubt THOSE will ever become legal, but with Florida, one never knows.

For example, in Miami, it is perfectly legal to be a rude Cubano cab driver, who doesn't speak english... 

Missneifa2u
Missneifa2u

I didnt know there were cuban cab drivers..I thought the majority of them were Haitian

Pushrod 33
Pushrod 33

what be the differance in wrestlers be throw around like on Raw ,should they ban them ?

RobertM
RobertM

Maybe we should get rid of the whole WWF and ban it as well.

Tbrownbag
Tbrownbag

WWF, what's that?

ccc229
ccc229

It was the World Wildlife Fund.

Tara
Tara

You need to learn to spell. You spell like a 4 year old. 

Rlrich
Rlrich

Wisconsin Wrestling Federation. Witch is why the pro's had to chang to WWE.

Jim
Jim

Let's see which one will happen first. Getting thrown by a drunk and getting paid for it or waiting for a green job from Obama to become available. Hmmmm! By the way I don't think being tossed it half as bad as standing on the side of the road with a restaurant sign spinning in my hands using it like a guitar acting like I'm high on crack. I would throw a dwarf but never swing a sign.

Fernie B
Fernie B

YOU PEOPLE have obama turrets syndrome...get over it..

ccc229
ccc229

It's Tourette's, you addled fool.  Get help.

Robertcrawford5
Robertcrawford5

For real stop blaming the president it is THE WHOLE CORRUPT BUNCH.Republicans and Democrats are only interested in seeing the top 1%, of which they are a part, get anywhere in this country stop bitching cause you don't like seeing a black man in charge and get out there and run for office if you are that pissed off.Sheesh stop acting like kindergarten KKK members for once in you misbegotten lives.

DENNIS_037
DENNIS_037

wow hey stupid ass, did anyone mention the fact that he was black? MAYBE HE JUST SUCKS AT BEING PRESIDENT, DOESNT HAVE TO BE CUZ HES BLACK

Nolo Promittere
Nolo Promittere

You're right, Workman's logic COULD be applied to prostitution. 

I don't see how that refutes the logic though.  You see, that's the funny thing about logic.  It doesn't go away simply because you dislike the conclusions.  The way to refute logic is by countering it with a logical argument of your own. 

Perhaps you would like to argue that people don't have the right to choose how they would earn money because the state can better decide how they are to be of value.  Maybe you want to argue that the opinions of a few people who aren't involved in the situation except peripherally trump the needs of the people who actually want the work.  Possibly you want to argue that people don't have the right to weigh the risks of injury against their needs for things like food and housing.  I would argue against all of these, of course, but at least these are actual arguments and not naked appeals to emotion.

I would disagree with your arguments, but at least I would respect the fact that you offered them.

Bo Shaffer
Bo Shaffer

and what's wrong with applying this to prostitution?? NOBODY is forcing anyone.....it just seems more American to ALLOW them as long as it doesn't hurt anybody ELSE. Are we a free country or a fascist State??

LegalizeProstitution!
LegalizeProstitution!

Workman may be a dick for legalizing an occupation in which the "work" involved is in itself degrading, but prostitution should be legalized and regulated because it's going to happen anyways and prostitutes need the state to defend them and their rights; they only get paid 20% of what they make!!!! They'd be making heftier tips if they worked for a company! or a stripclub.

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