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If someone started yelling and swearing at you on the bus can you pull a water gum and spray water in their face? or maybe do it with a bottle of water.

Would you get arrested for that?

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  • It is most definitely a crime to assault someone. Whether it be with water, a soft pillow or a gentle Pat on the back. In Boot Camp there were several individuals charged with assault in my squad for simply touching another person innocently. – Jesse Apr 30 '16 at 23:29
  • If someone is already yelling and swearing at you, then pulling out this water gun and spraying them is likely to be a very, very unhealthy action. You could also be quite sure that your water gun would accidentally fall on the ground and that several people would accidentally step on it. – gnasher729 May 1 '16 at 15:12
  • @gnasher729 In this country people yell and swear and get verbally abusive but most of them think twice before using their fists. I am after a way to revenge without breaking the law. If police can use water why cant I? – Ulkoma May 1 '16 at 15:14
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    @gnasher729 I'd rather get stabbed instead of standing there doing nothing but receiving insults, in the same time I would never break the law and attack first. – Ulkoma May 1 '16 at 15:22
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    You would rather get stabbed? Interesting. – gnasher729 May 31 '16 at 7:51
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It would be a crime and a tort. Battery. If you touch a person with something you cause to contact them rather than with your fist, for example, you have still committed the crime and tort.

I remember reading one extreme case where I believe a tortfeasor was found liable (i.e. it was a civil case and he was sued and had to pay damages) for battery for blowing smoke in someone's face.

There may also be some creating-a-commotion or having-liquid-on-the-bus-without-a-lid or other random laws and rules implicated in your example.

  • Was the tortfeasor found liable because smoke is toxic, as opposite to water which clearly is not? – A. Darwin Apr 30 '16 at 18:56
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    No, it was because the smoke was particulate matter which they deliberately caused to come into contact with the other person. – Tom Apr 30 '16 at 19:34

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