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(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) — The city of Grand Rapids, Mich., says it’s now OK to annoy thy neighbor.

A section of the city code stating that “no person shall willfully annoy another person” is set to be struck next Tuesday, after 38 years on the books.  And it’s about time, says the city attorney.

Next week, a commission is expected to give its final approval to repeal the rule after city attorney Catherine Mish requested its removal, saying the rule’s vague language was archaic and “unconstitutional,” as well as “simply unenforceable.”

“An ordinance is vague if a person of ordinary intelligence can’t differ its meaning,” Mish told ABC News, “and annoyance is in the eye of the beholder.”

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