Borough of Glassboro, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Glassboro 2-9-1971 by Ord. No. 3-71 as Ch. 85 of the 1971 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 150.
Bicycles — See Ch. 164.
Bingo — See Ch. 170.
Criminal registration — See Ch. 213.
Curfew — See Ch. 216.
Drug-free zones — See Ch. 231.
Explosives, fireworks and weapons — See Ch. 245.
Littering — See Ch. 309.
Noise — See Ch. 327.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 351.
Peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants — See Ch. 357.
Youth sports code of conduct — See Ch. 466.

§ 354-1 Begging; idleness in public; neglecting family.

No person or persons shall go from door to door or place themselves in the streets or other public places to beg, solicit charity or collect alms or shall wander about and lodge in any tavern, house of entertainment, barn or other outbuilding or in the open air and not give a good account of themselves, nor shall any person beg or solicit charity under pretense of being or having been a soldier, sailor or marine or having suffered loss by fire or other casualty. No person not having sufficient property or means for his or her subsistence or support shall live idle or not engage in some honest employment or not provide for themselves or their families. No person shall leave or threaten to leave his or her family to be maintained by the Borough of Glassboro or to become chargeable thereto, or shall willfully refuse or neglect to provide for or maintain said family.

§ 354-2 Fortune-telling and occult practices.

No person shall use or pretend to use or have any skill in palmistry, phrenology, physiognomy or other crafty or occult science, or shall pretend to tell destinies or fortunes.

§ 354-3 Possession of burglary tools, weapons; loitering with unlawful intent.

No person shall have in his or her possession any picklock, key, crowbar or other implement with the intent to break or enter into any building or have in his or her possession any pistol, club or other offensive or dangerous weapon with the intent to assault any person. It shall be unlawful for any person to be found in or near any dwelling house, warehouse, barn or other outbuilding, or in any place of public assemblage or resort for business, worship, amusement or other lawful purposes, with the intent to steal any goods or chattels.

§ 354-4 Loitering; public intoxication; indecent acts; interfering with others.

[Amended 12-8-1998 by Ord. No. 98-25]
A. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
LOITERING
Remaining idle in essentially one location, and includes the concepts of spending time idly, loafing or walking about aimlessly, and also includes the colloquial expression "hanging around."
PARENT or GUARDIAN
Includes any adult person having care or custody of a minor, whether by reason of blood relationship, the order of any court or otherwise.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any place to which the public has access, including any street, highway, road, alley or sidewalk. It shall also include the front or the neighborhood of any shop, store, restaurant, tavern or other place of business and public grounds, areas and parks, as well as parking lots or other vacant private property not owned by or under the control of the person charged with violating this chapter, or, in the case of a minor, not owned by or under the control of his or her parent or guardian.
B. 
Certain types of loitering prohibited.
(1) 
No person shall loiter in a public place in such a manner as to:
(a) 
Create or cause to be created a danger or a breach of the peace.
(b) 
Create or cause to be created any disturbance or annoyance to the comfort and repose of any person.
(c) 
Obstruct the free passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
(d) 
Obstruct, molest or interfere with any person lawfully in any public place. This subsection shall include the making of unsolicited remarks of an offensive, disgusting or insulting nature of which are calculated to annoy or disturb the person to whom or in whose hearing they are made.
(2) 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B(2), which prohibited a person from loitering in public places or private property not his or her own while under the influence of intoxicating liquors, was repealed 10-28-2008 by Ord. No. 08-68.
(3) 
No person shall loiter on the streets or other public places of said Borough, and no person shall, on said streets or in such public places or from any private property or in any private or public conveyances within said Borough, indulge in and utter loud and offensive or indecent language, or shall address or make audible any offensive remarks or comments upon any person passing along such streets or public places or in any public or private conveyances or upon private property.
(4) 
No person shall obstruct or interfere with any person or persons lawfully being in or upon such streets or public places or such private or public conveyances or upon private property.
C. 
Loitering by minors. No parent or guardian of a minor under the age of 18 years shall knowingly permit his or her minor to loiter in violation of this chapter.
D. 
Discretion of police. Whenever any police officer shall, in the exercise of reasonable judgment, decide that the presence of any person in any public place is causing or is likely to cause any of the conditions listed above, he or she may, if he or she deems it necessary for the preservation of the public peace and safety, order that person to leave the place. Any person who shall refuse to leave after being ordered to do so by a police officer shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.
E. 
Violations and penalties.
(1) 
Notice of violation. Whenever any minor under the age of 18 years is charged with a violation of this chapter, his or her parent or guardian shall be notified of this fact by the Chief of Police or by any other person designated by him or her to give such notice.
(2) 
Repeated violations. If at any time within 30 days following the giving of notice as provided above, the minor to whom such notice relates again violates this chapter, it shall be presumed in the absence of evidence to me contrary that the minor did so with knowledge and permission of his or her parent or guardian.
(3) 
Violations and penalties. Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished by one or more of the following: a fine not less than $100 and not more than $1,000; or by imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or by a period of community service not to exceed 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the court.

§ 354-5 Consumption of alcoholic beverages in public and quasi-public places.

[Added 8-26-1975 by Ord. No. 75-20]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to consume any alcoholic beverage or to possess any alcoholic beverage in an open container with intent to consume the same on any sidewalk, street, avenue, highway, public parking lot or other public place, or in any motor vehicle not on private property, within the Borough of Glassboro at any time.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to consume any alcoholic beverage or to possess any alcoholic beverage in an open container with intent to consume the same on any parking lot, yard or other open area which is open to the public or to which the public is invited at any time.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for the owner or any other person in control of any such parking lot, yard or other open area which is open to the public or to which the public is invited as described in Subsection B above to knowingly permit or suffer the consumption or possession in an open container with intent to consume of any alcoholic beverage on said premises by any person at any time.
D. 
Violations and penalties. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished by one or more of the following:
[Added 8-23-2011 by Ord. No. 11-35]
(1) 
First offense: mandatory fine of $150, no court appearance required if pleading guilty to the offense.
(2) 
Second or subsequent offense: a fine not less than $150 and not more than $2,000; or by imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or by a period of community service not to exceed 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Court.

§ 354-6 Driving animals while under influence of alcohol.

No person shall drive any horse, mule or other beast of burden on any public street or highway of the Borough of Glassboro while under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

§ 354-7 False fire alarms.

No person shall willfully and maliciously ring or cause to be rung any bell or alarm of any five company in the Borough of Glassboro and thereby give or cause to be given a false alarm of fire, or shall willfully and maliciously send a message of false alarm of fire by telephone or by any other method.

§ 354-8 Throwing objects and shooting weapons; placing obstructions on streets.

No person shall cast or throw any stick, stone or other substance, or shall shoot from any air gun, pistol or rifle any shot or ball, at, against or into any car, automobile, person or property of another. Nor shall any person place any stick, stone or other substance upon any street or highway.

§ 354-9 Malicious damaging of property.

No person shall maliciously destroy, damage or injure any property.

§ 354-10 Trespassing on or damaging school property.

No person shall enter any buildings or trespass upon lands belonging to the Board of Education of the Borough of Glassboro, or shall break or injure or deface such building or any part thereof or the fences or outbuildings belonging to or connected with such building or lands, or shall disturb the exercises of such school or molest or annoy the children attending such school or any teachers thereof.

§ 354-11 Disturbances in library or reading room.

No person shall be noisy or disorderly in any public library or reading room in the Borough of Glassboro, or disturb or interrupt the quiet and good order of those who use said library or reading room.

§ 354-12 Littering public and private property. [1]

A. 
No person shall, within the limits of said Borough, discard, deposit, throw or leave any wastepaper, tin cans, bottles, garbage, waste or refuse of any kind whatsoever upon any parking place, street, road, avenue, park or other public place or upon any lot or other premises, except in receptacles or containers provided for such purpose.
B. 
Violations and penalties. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished by one or more of the following:
[Added 8-23-2011 by Ord. No. 11-35]
(1) 
First offense: mandatory fine of $200, no court appearance required if pleading guilty to the offense.
(2) 
Second or subsequent offenses: a fine not less than $200 and not more than $2,000; or by imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or by a period of community service not to exceed 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Court.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 309, Littering.

§ 354-13 Payment of public transportation fares.

No person shall travel in any jitney or autobus or other means of transportation within the limits of the Borough of Glassboro without having paid his fare and with intent to avoid payment thereof wherefore, where payment for such travel is legally due. No person, having paid his fare and having traveled on such jitney or autobus or other means of transportation to a point where, under the rule of the company or person operating such car or autobus, as announced by the conductor or operator or other person in charge thereof, an additional fare is due, shall on demand refuse or fail to pay such additional fare.

§ 354-14 Obtaining food, lodging or services with intent to defraud.

No person shall obtain food, lodging or other accommodations or service of any hotel, boardinghouse, restaurant or culinary establishment with intent to defraud the owner or keeper thereof.

§ 354-15 Indecent exposure, immoral literature or acts. [1]

No person shall appear in any street or public place in a state of nudity or in dress not belonging to his or her sex or in indecent or lewd dress or shall make any indecent exposure of his or her person or be guilty of any indecent or lewd act or behavior or shall exhibit, sell or offer to sell any indecent or lewd book, picture or thing or shall exhibit or perform any indecent, immoral or lewd play or representation.
[1]
Editor's Note: As to indecent advertisements and handbills, see Ch. 139, Advertisements and Handbills, § 139-10.

§ 354-16 Public urination prohibited.

[Added 12-8-1998 by Ord. No. 98-25]
A. 
No person shall urinate in any street or public place in the Borough of Glassboro.
B. 
Violations and penalties. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished by one or more of the following:
[Added 8-23-2011 by Ord. No. 11-35]
(1) 
First offense: mandatory fine of $200; no court appearance required if pleading guilty to the offense.
(2) 
Second or subsequent offenses: a fine not less than $200 and not more than $2,000; or by imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or by a period of community service not to exceed 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Court.

§ 354-17 Unlawful sexual acts.

Any person who shall, by word, act or any device, invite or solicit unlawful sexual intercourse or any other unlawful, indecent, lewd or lascivious act shall be adjudged a disorderly person.

§ 354-18 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 354-18, Disorderly houses, as amended, was repealed 12-9-2014 by Ord. No. 14-37.

§ 354-19 Maintaining games of chance.

No person shall set up, keep or maintain or permit to be set up, kept or maintained, in any house or premises, any faro table, faro bank, roulette wheel or other device or game of chance for the purpose of gaming, nor shall any person hold or permit to be held in any house or premises any place for animals to fight.

§ 354-20 Gambling.

No person shall deal, play or engage in faro, roulette or other game of chance, either as banker, player, dealer or otherwise, for the purpose of gambling.

§ 354-21 Possession of lottery materials.

Any person who shall have in his possession or custody any lottery slips, books or records pertaining to a lottery, or any person who shall have in his possession or have in an automobile in his custody any ticket or tickets, slip or slips, paper, document or memoranda in any way pertaining to the business of a number game, shall be adjudged to be a disorderly person. "Number game" as used in this section is defined as any betting on any number or numbers or sets or arrangements of numbers on or according to any plan or method whatsoever.

§ 354-22 Creation of loud and unreasonable noise. [1]

[Amended 7-24-1979 by Ord. No. 79-12]
A. 
The making, creation or permitting of any unreasonably loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise in the Borough of Glassboro is hereby prohibited.
B. 
The making, creating or permitting of any loud and unnecessary noise of such character, intensity and duration as to be detrimental to the life, health and welfare of any individual or which, either steadily or intermittently, annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, peace or safety of any individual is hereby prohibited.
C. 
An owner, landlord or tenant, as hereafter defined, shall be guilty of permitting the conduct proscribed by Subsections A and B above if he assists, aids, abets or suffers such conduct by others upon his premises, either by overt act, by failure to act or by lack of supervision and control over others upon his premises.
D. 
Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:
LANDLORD
Any person or persons who own or purport to own any building, structure or complex of buildings or structures in which there is rented or offered for rent housing space for living or dwelling purposes under either a written or oral lease.
OWNER
The person or persons who own or purport to own any building, structure or complex of buildings or structures.
TENANT
Any person or persons who occupy or have the right to occupy any building, structure or complex of buildings or structures under either a written or oral lease.
E. 
Violations and penalties. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished by one or more of the following:
[Added 8-23-2011 by Ord. No. 11-35]
(1) 
First offense: mandatory fine of $200; no court appearance required if pleading guilty to the offense.
(2) 
Second or subsequent offenses: a fine not less than $200 and not more than $2,000; or by imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or by a period of community service not to exceed 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Court.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 327, Noise.

§ 354-23 Bad reputation; consorting with known criminals.

Any person who shall be apprehended and shall be proven to the satisfaction of the Municipal Judge or other Judge before whom he or she shall be brought to be a person who is engaged in an illegal occupation or who bears a bad reputation and consorts for an unlawful purpose with thieves, burglars, pickpockets, swindlers, confidence men or other criminals or persons who bear a bad reputation shall be adjudged a disorderly person. In any prosecution under this section the fact that the person apprehended is engaged in an illegal occupation or bears a bad reputation and is found consorting with thieves, burglars, pickpockets, swindlers, confidence men or other criminals or persons who bear a bad reputation shall be prima facie evidence that such consorting was for an unlawful purpose.

§ 354-24 Other riotous or immoral conduct.

A. 
Other riotous conduct, indecent conduct, breaches of the peace, vagrancy and prostitution not hereinbefore mentioned are hereby prohibited within the limits of said Borough.
B. 
Violations and penalties. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished by one or more of the following:
[Added 8-23-2011 by Ord. No. 11-35]
(1) 
First offense: mandatory fine of $200; no court appearance required if pleading guilty to the offense.
(2) 
Second or subsequent offenses: a fine not less than $200 and not more than $2,000; or by imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or by a period of community service not to exceed 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Court.

§ 354-25 Resisting or interfering with police officer; failure to assist police officer.

No person shall, within the limits of said Borough, hinder or obstruct any Borough officer in the performance of his duties, nor shall any person willfully refuse or neglect to assist any Borough officer when lawfully called upon by him so to do in the execution of any process or in the suppression of any breach of the peace or disorderly conduct or in case of an escape or when such officer is resisted in the discharge of his duty, nor shall any person knowingly resist or oppose any officer or person authorized by law in serving or attempting to serve any writ, bill, order or process, or when making any arrest, either with or without a warrant.

§ 354-26 Falsification of age to obtain alcoholic beverages. [1]

[Amended 6-26-1973 by Ord. No. 73-12; 12-8-1998 by Ord. No. 98-25]
Any person who shall misrepresent or misstate his or her age or the age of any other person for the purpose of inducing any licensees or any employee of any licensees to sell, serve or deliver any alcoholic beverage to a person under the legal age shall be deemed and adjudged to be a disorderly person.
[1]
Editor's Note: As to regulations concerning minors and alcoholic beverages, see Ch. 150, Alcoholic Beverages.

§ 354-27 Violations and penalties; disposition of fees.

[Amended 6-23-1981 by Ord. No. 81-8; 10-23-1990 by Ord. No. 90-27; 12-8-1998 by Ord. No. 98-25; 8-23-2011 by Ord. No. 11-35; 12-29-2016 by Ord. No. 16-61]
Each and every person violating any of the provisions of this chapter, may, in addition to other penalties noted, upon conviction thereof, be punished by one or more of the following: a fine not less than $100 and not more than $2,000; or by imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or by a period of community service not to exceed 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Court.