Pearl calls out a policeman at her concert in Tampa, Florida, when he uses a bullhorn to yell at audience members who have left their seats.
“Don’t fuck with those people!,” she screams. “What are you so uptight about? Did you buy a $5 ticket?”
The cop tells Joplin that she needs to tell the crowd to remain seated, and she replies, “I’m not telling them shit.”
After more stage ranting where Joplin threatens to kick his face in, she is arrested after the show, charged with using “vulgar and indecent language.” After posting a $504 bail, the charges are later dropped and she pays a $200 fine.