City to strike ban on being willfully annoying
It's soon expected to be OK to be willfully annoying in Grand Rapids.Good, because I've been staying away from Grand Rapids my entire adult life for just that reason...
The Grand Rapids Press reports that the City Commission is nixing a 38-year-old section of city code that states "no person shall willfully annoy another person."
It always amuses me to see recaps of the inane laws still on the books in many places. As it turns out, there's an entire website devoted to them:
(I would wager there are many websites, but this is the first one that popped up)
Looking around the round world, it seems stupid laws are in all 50 states. Like my new state:
Dumb laws in Virginia
Spitting on a sea gull is not tolerated.Women must wear a corsette after sundown and be in the company of male chaperone.
Or my old state:
Dumb laws in Massachusetts
Dumb laws aren't limited to the US, either. In Thailand, you cannot wear a kilt:It is illegal to give beer to hospital patients.
Candy may not contain more than 1% of alcohol.
It is illegal to leave your house if you are not wearing underwear.In Israel, they have some bizarre rituals:
It is forbidden to bring bears to the beach.
Were sunbathing bruins really that big of a problem in the promised land?
Anyways, I'm sure that in each and every one of these instances, there's a compelling reason why the law was passed. Maybe it made sense at the time. Maybe it was in response to a specific incident. Maybe it's just a law that time forgot, like the rules about placing placards on motorcars in case you overtake a horse and carriage.
At least we don't have dumb, pointless laws that don't make any sense these days, right?
That is all.
That is all.