It’s official – A Wisconsin city has made it illegal to throw snowballs.
Or at least that’s what was widely reported in the media due to Wausau’s municipal code:
No person shall throw or shoot any object, arrow, stone, snowball or other missile or projectile, by hand or by any other means, at any other person.
— New York Post (@nypost) December 4, 2019
Snowballs are officially on par with stones, arrows, and missiles when it comes to lethality, folks. To really make sure there are no grey areas, the ordinance goes on to specify that snowballs cannot be thrown “at, in or into any building, street, sidewalk, alley, highway, park, playground or other public places within the city.”
I guess that means this classic scene from the Christmas classic, Elf (2003), should come with a trigger warning now:
“It’s really in the interest of public safety,” Wausau Mayor Robert B. Mielke told WCCO in regards to the ruling, which he actually introduced years ago. “A lot of it is just consideration and common sense. You don’t throw stuff at people, period.”
Look, tossing snowballs in the wintertime is about as wholesome as it gets. Hell, I’d put my money on it being displayed in a Norman Rockwell painting somewhere. I’m all about keeping people safe, but this is, coincidentally, not cool at all.
The good news is that thanks to a video just released by Wausau Police Department, it looks like it was all one big misunderstanding!
Deputy Chief Matt Barnes is joined by Mayor Mielke to clear up some misconceptions about this story which seems to have snowballed out of control: