Commonly Ignored Laws

by Eden on October 29, 2011

Everybody breaks laws at some point in their lifetime.

Fans of civil disobedience believe it’s OK to disobey an unjust law. And small towns like to come up with quirky laws like prohibiting people with bunions to ride unicycles on  a Sunday.

(yes, I know. I said, “bunion”)

And by the way, I think this is OK, because what else are you gonna do on a Sunday?  Go to Home Depot?

But then there are laws that aren’t cruel enough to ignite a mass protest, but are barely followed much less enforced. Maybe we need these rules and laws, simply to say we have them.

So here are some laws people don’t tends to follow (but maybe we should start):

Showering Before Entering A Public Pool

I’m just gonna go ahead and say it as I was a frequent public pool user growing up: We should all do this! 

Most of us are quite dirty and disgusting.   I think people assume you’re going into the water anyway and you’ll get clean there. And lets be honest, whats gonna happen if you DON’T abide by this “law”.  Armed guards with dogs gonna come after you?  Cops on motorcycles?  Most likely, it’s a lifeguard who’s far more concerned with see-through swim suits than your dirt.  And nobody can tell the difference once in the water unless they start sniffing around your armpits and crotch.

well, maybe if they let the dogs out, crotches will be sniffed

Luckily, most lifeguards are not that dedicated, unless your headlights are “beaming”.
You Need A License To Sell (Yep, I’m Looking At That Lemonade Stand)

We live in a world where without a piece of legal paper, everything gets shut down. This includes those lemonade stands run by six-year-old kids who charge a nickel a cup (I charged 95 cents and pretended never to have change so I just got a dollar per cup. I know, I’m Jew, so this is expected of me).

Really, Lucy? Five cents? You can do better than that! I trust you more than Dr. Phil.

But kids are cute and rarely get slapped with a fine. The second you’re a grown up, your balls drop, and stop being cute, you get in trouble and end up in jail with Martha Stewart.


You Can’t Read If You’re Not Gonna Purchase It And You Can’t “Chill Out” Without Purchasing Coffee
I think we’ve all done this. Maybe in line at the market, at the air port, local bookstore, etc. But I hate to admit that this is technically stealing. Those articles/editorials/photos-of-emaciated-celebrities are their product.

Hmm...Is this a college dorm room?

 I mean, you wouldn’t go into the supermarket and start snacking on bananas or apples while browsing around, right?  Well, maybe you do, but that’s not my point. Luckily, nearly every bookstore will let this slide, as at least a few of these browsers end up being paying customers (though not enough of them, as the evidence of the increasing amount of closed “book nooks”).  Starbucks now is kicking people out for “hanging around” and not purchasing coffee.

This guy is fucked

Thanks a lot, squatters! Now I have to pretend to be a “blogger” somewhere else!

Unless you are a fetus, you’ve probably jaywalked. Either that or you probably haven’t been outside, ever.  You jaywalk when you cross the street with no crosswalk, or walk when the light clearly says DON’T WALK.  This crime is something millions commit every second, which would account for officers almost never busting people for it unless it causes a real hassle or the cop feels like being a dick that day. Yes, I must caution that Jaywalking can be very dangerous.

No Cell Phone Use In The Movie Theater

There once was a time when having a cell phone meant you were either rich or important. Now it just means that you are trying to look rich or important. No one can see you in there anyhow!



Under-age Drinking

What kid didn’t have a “sip” of wine at dinner?

Any laws you’d like to add? Any laws that AREN’T really laws but should be?

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Paige @ Running Around Normal October 30, 2011 at 6:04 am

I actually get peeved at the people that sit around Barnes and Nobles reading the store’s books! I think it’s pretty rude. And does that guy have his desk top err starbucks table top at Starbucks?!


Eden October 30, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Yea, apparently, people set up their offices at Starbucks. Oh boy, the economy is bad!


Stephanie October 30, 2011 at 6:32 am

Chapters (the big book conglomerate store around her) encourages people to read the books. They put chairs all over the place. Fact: I have never felt guilty for reading a few chapters of a book for free, and then getting it from the library to read the rest. Yay, free books! Another law that should be followed, but rarely is, is stopping at stop signs when on a bicycle even if there are no cars or people in sight.


Ameena October 30, 2011 at 8:47 am

I actually got a jaywalking ticket once…can you believe it? It’s been years and I’m still recovering from shock.


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) October 30, 2011 at 10:54 am

So did my Dad hahah!


Eden October 30, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Whoa! I’d be in therapy for that!


Emily October 30, 2011 at 8:54 am

On my college campus I would be late to everything if I didn’t Jaywalk. Last week I even jaywalked in front of a cop. I know, I’m such a rebel.


Mikey October 30, 2011 at 9:04 am

I jaywalk a lot. I also never wear my seatbelt when I’m driving in town. I wear it when I am on the highway, but for some reason when I’m in town I just dont. I dont think I break any other laws though…Now I’m gonna have to think about it in-depth.


Kristy Lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty October 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

Confession time! I tend to tear open bags of avocados at the supermarket when the single ones aren’t ripe…

I also will tear off the stems from Oyster mushrooms because they’re so bloody expensive and the stems are huge! You can’t eat them anyway (too tough) so why would I purchase something at 8.99/lb when I’m gonna toss half of it away?

Apparently the grocery store is a mecca crime unit…


Kristina @ spabettie October 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I totally used to do this with things like broccoli… break off the long (heavy!) stems! now that I juice a lot, I like the stems… 😉


Eden October 30, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I do the avodacdo thing with strawberries. I switch out rotten ones. Hey, its NOT fair I pay for rotten ones.


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) October 30, 2011 at 10:55 am

I routinely run a red ‘left arrow’ turn light that is brand new at the bottom of my road because it never senses my car being there and I can go through 5 cycles of missed lights! THEN I run the stop sign because it’s also relatively new. You’d think I was a total renegade if you saw me negotiate those two blocks. Otherwise, I’m a model citizen :-)


Jessy (squeezetheday) October 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Downloading. I honestly don’t feel even a little guilty about it …


Eden October 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I do and I don’t feel guilty. I figure its “sharing”…at least thats how I sleep at night.


Jess@atasteofconfidence October 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

j walking!


Jolene ( October 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I hate showering before getting into a pool, because the showers are always warm, and then the water in the pool feels REALLY cold getting into it.

I HATE HATE HATE when people use their cell phones/ text/ etc. at movie theaters. I find it really distracting.


Kristina @ spabettie October 30, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I can’t stand when people TALK in theaters, let alone use a cell phone.

I am currently on vacation, Basil and I are jaywalking all over this city.

I do hate when bicyclists don’t follow the traffic laws – makes all cyclists look bad.

what I think should be a law??? DMV and post office employees should be paid based on how many people they can see in their shift – things would move much faster, I bet.


Eden October 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Amen to the post office/dmv!!!!


Lou October 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm

What really gets to me are the people at the grocery store who “try” the grapes before buying. You can’t do that!!! Watch next time you’re in the produce section, so many people think that because they are small, they can just nab one and munch away, or justify it because they are going to buy some anyway. Aren’t grapes sold by weight? arrrrrrrrgh I get so mad (calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean)


Eden October 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm

oh dear….um. Please dont kill me…..


Lauri ( October 31, 2011 at 5:01 am

It is still technically illegal to give or receive oral sex in the state of South Carolina (I live in Charleston). Sorry honey, no BJ for you on your birthday. Its illegal!

I got a few laughs from this website about strange state laws–>


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