In 1997 a Danish woman visiting New York City was arrested and strip-searched for leaving her baby in a stroller outside a restaurant while she and the baby’s father dined inside, a common practice in Denmark. She later sued the city and was awarded $66,000.
It is illegal in the State of Mississippi to have two or more “illegitimate children” and it is technically punishable by between 30 and 90 days in jail and a fine.
In the USA, if you receive merchandise that you never ordered, be it unsolicited or in excess of an order, you have the legal right to keep the merchandise as gift. You have no legal obligation to notify the seller. By law, companies can’t send unordered merchandise to you, then demand payment.
In New York State you don’t need a law degree to be a judge. Across NY 61% of local judges are not lawyers, and in the North Country region 85% of local judges are not lawyers.
Vermont passed a law in 1999 that the state pie is Apple and one must make a “good faith effort” to serve it with either a glass of cold milk, 1/2 oz. of cheddar cheese, or a large scoop of vanilla.
After Kanye West’s mother Donda West died, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the “Donda West Law”, legislation which makes it mandatory for patients to receive medical clearance through a physical examination before undergoing elective cosmetic surgery.
It’s illegal to carry ice cream in your back pocket while walking in Alabama. In the past, people would do this to attract horses to themselves so they couldn’t be accused of stealing them.
Lowrider hydraulics were designed as a way to bypass the law – when it became illegal in California to drive cars with any part lower than the bottoms of wheel rims, the hydraulics allowed lowrider drivers to avoid conflict with the law by temporarily raising their vehicles.
In Alaska, it is illegal to be drunk in a bar. Per state laws, a person who is already drunk may not “knowingly” enter a bar to drink more, or remain in the bar that got them drunk in the first place.
State laws for online gambling are not based on residence, but rather location, so many people cross state lines in their car, place a bet via their phones, and drive back home, and it is all completely legal.