Strange Washington Laws you Probably Broke Today
Maybe some of these laws need to be revisited or maybe there really is a good reason behind them but after reading them I haven't been able to understand why they were ever put in place!
Probably the most absurd law I will never understand is, why can I not buy a mattress on a Sunday? Yes, it is actually illegal in the state of Washington to buy a mattress on a Sunday. I understand Sunday is a day of rest for many, but what if I needed a new mattress for some GOOD rest on a Sunday? Weird.
Lollypops are banned. How am I just finding out that I have been such a fugitive all these years, rolling around with a lollypop hanging out of my mouth? How on earth can it be a law that lollipops are banned when every single store has them displayed proudly? Also very weird.
It is illegal to harass Bigfoot. So I am assuming those commercials, where they taunt Bigfoot with beef jerky were not made in the state of Washington. I think if I actually did see a Bigfoot while I was out hiking the last thing I would do is tease or taunt it.
If you miss the bus I do not recommend you spit out in anger... it is illegal to spit on a bus in Washington. It is definitely rude to spit on anything in public but why a bus? It makes you wonder if some of these laws were due to a specific reason.
It is illegal to x-ray a person's feet to fit them for a pair of shoes. Well, this one seems sensible, but once again, it makes you wonder who did what, in order to warrant making it against the law.
If you save your grocery shopping for Sunday, you may want to rethink that. It is not allowed that you buy meat, of any kind on a Sunday. Now, this law takes me back to the mattress law, what if I wanted to eat a giant cheeseburger laying on my comfy new mattress? Straight to jail!
Such bizarre little hidden laws that most people don't even know exist and yet we have all broken one or all of them in our lifetime. Believe it or not the list goes on! Other crazy laws include, it is illegal to attach a vending machine to a utility pole without prior consent from the utility company.
No person may walk in public if he or she has a common cold (which in the world today, that makes a lot more sense)
Destroying a beer cask or bottle of another is illegal.
It is illegal to entice girls away from the Maple Lane School for girls (luckily the school closed back in 2012 so you are at no risk of breaking that law)
A law to reduce crime states: "It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town.
It is illegal to paint polka dots on the American flag (which makes total sense, except why specifically polka dots?).
All motor vehicles must be preceded by a man carrying a red flag (daytime) or a red lantern (nighttime) fifty feet in front of said vehicle.
It is illegal to pretend that your parents are rich.
When two trains come to a crossing, neither shall go until the other has passed (I am not sure how this would ever work itself out).
A law to reduce crime states: "It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town."
In Bremerton, you may not shuck peanuts on the street.
In Everett, it is illegal to display a hypnotized or allegedly hypnotized person in a store window.
In Lynden dancing and drinking may not occur at the same establishment.
In Seattle, you may not carry a concealed weapon that is over six feet in length. I would like to see someone try though!
In Seattle, women who sit on men's laps on buses or trains without placing a pillow between them face an automatic six-month jail term.
In Seattle, it is illegal to set fire to another person's property without prior permission.
In Seattle, it is illegal to carry a fishbowl or aquarium onto a bus because the sound of the water sloshing may disturb other passengers.
In Spokane, no one may kneel on a pedestrian skywalk.
In Spokane, you are not allowed to wear a life jacket near the Spokane River.
In Spokane - Televisions may not be bought on Sundays, so I guess my cheeseburger, in bed, watching my new T.V. is definitely out of the question!
In Spokane County, strippers may not come closer than four feet to any customer.
In Waldron Island, no structure shall contain more than two toilets that use potable water for flushing.
In Walla Walla, it is illegal to give noxious substances to a bird in any city park.
And in Wilbur, you may not ride an ugly horse. Well, now I find this one just rude!