Tony: He did read her the Riot Act, though.
The Riot Act (1714) was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain that allowed local authorities to disperse any group of twelve or more people on the grounds that they were unlawfully assembled. It came into force in 1715, and it was not until 1973 that it was officially dissolved. A similar law was passed in the United States as part of the Militia Act (1792), which gave the President the power to command that insurgents disperse and leave peacefully within a given timeframe. The phrase "read the Riot Act" comes from the fact that authorities in England and Scotland were required to give an oral warning before using force to disperse a crowd.