At One Baltimore Bar, Curse Words Will Cost You

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Hearing some colorful language inside a bar is nothing new, but one local tavern is trying to change that.

As Weijia Jiang explains, it’s costing some customers more than a pretty penny.

Since the Mount Royal  Tavern opened up in 1933, the walls have heard just about everything.

“A bar’s a bar, man, so you hear [expletive] [expletive], all that [expletive],” said bucket contributor Jeff Lewis.

And the owners have had their fill.

“It just gets old,” said owner Chris Kozak.

“I think anyone would come up with this idea if they sat in here long enough,” said owner Ron Carback.

Carback’s idea is what he calls the “cussing bucket.”  He charges 25 cents every time someone curses—a dollar if it’s a bartender. 

Lewis’ dirty mouth helped inspire the jar.

So what counts as a curse word?  It’s the same words comedian George Carlin said you can’t say on television.

Bartender Bob Goidin admits he’s paid the bucket plenty, so he’s cussing a lot less…and so is everyone else.

“The customers rat each other out, like, `Hey, that’s a quarter,'” Kozak said.

All the cash from the “cussing bucket” goes to charity.  The guys already gave $110 to the SPCA.  That’s 440 curse words.

The next bucket will be donated to the Maryland Zoo.

  • Kay


  • cousin Larry

    Putting the money in his gas tank. That can’t be; can it??

    If i found that to be true it would cause me to curse even more.

  • Doug

    Sounds like yet another boring,drinking game.
    See you on 95,
    going the wrong way.

  • Kathy C

    My Mom always taught us that cussing just showed others you had a poor vocabulary, because you didn’t know enough words to properly express yourself. Kudos to Mount Royal Tavern for working to expand the vocabulary of their patrons.

  • Jennifer

    charity or not. i would find another f**king bar.

  • sierra

    lol i know thats right jennifer

  • marian

    gee a cuss bucket. who could of thought of that? maybe about 4000 other bars who have cuss buckets but don’t get in the paper. come on guys, this has been going on since i was a kid in the 60’s. thats when more women started going in bars and were offended by the foul langage including my mother. my dad thought it was funniy that every bar they went too and they went to a lot, had a cuss bucket. the money from the bucket at their favorite bar went to help famlies in the neighborhood whose husband was laid off, sick or just no good. seems they took care of their own. need this brought back in full force.

  • casino worker

    I need that at my gaming table job!! they cuss like nobody’s business, and the hotel lets them, its shameful…you would not go in ship rite and cuss like that so why is it acceptable at a casino…

  • EffYouBuddy !

    iF you don’t like the cussing, plain and simple…DO NOT LISTEN !

    • ha ha

      get a sense of humor doofus

  • David Williams

    Great Idea and seems like fun rating on one another for a good cause.

  • Tim Cameron

    What the” quarter” is going on in that bar?

  • JC in MA

    As someone who is really tired of hearing curse words come out of what seems like the majority of peoples mouths these days, pretty much every other word it seems, I can totally get behind this type of bar. We used to get our mouths washed out with soap for even saying “sh**” or “damn”- these days those words are like saying “hi” as most of the time it’s “f**k” that is sprinkled liberally in the conversation. My take on this trend – if you can’t say what you want to say without swearing every other word, keep your mouth closed – our air is polluted enough.

  • seriously

    Cursing is a sign of ignorance and i use fowl language all the time. Trust my youngest calls me out on it. It is a bad and i have tried to stop. kind of like an addiction to just let the bad words flow…cuss jar is good.

  • What Fun!

    Anyone who thinks this is a seriously offensive reaction to an annoying habit is obtuse beyond words… really, it’s all in fun and the proceeds go to charity (they have to be able to prove that, nay sayers), the only one who loses is the fool who can’t come up with enough words to express himself without swearing. If YOU don’t like it, then don’t patronize the bar, they don’t want your kind there anyway.

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