Did you ever think you could be fined $500 for “molesting butterflies”? Residents of Pacific Grove, Calif., probably didn’t think so, either, until such an ordinance was passed.
Some recent laws against seemingly harmless behavior have added up to big fines for offenders—$250 in San Diego for leaving holiday lights up after February 2—according to U.S. News.
Here’s seven more peculiar ways to earn yourself a ticket.
Cursing in Middleborough, Massachusetts
You could end up paying a $20 fine for swearing loudly in public in this town south of Boston. Mimi DuPhily, a member of Middleborough’s beautification committee, told the Wall Street Journal that “the cursing has gotten very, very bad. I find it appalling and I won’t tolerate it.”
Throwing a party in Boston, Massachusetts
Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina proposed an ordinance that could mean trouble for rowdy party-goers. Party hosts may get fined $100 the first time police are called to an “unruly” scene, while the second offense could result in a $300 fine.
Renters should be especially careful not to disturb neighbors, as these fines would also be given to property owners.
Low-slung pants in Albany, Georgia
In 2010, the city banned garments that hang three or more inches below the hips. This is a gender-neutral ordinance that starts out as a $25 ticket, but increases to $200 for the second offense.
An unkempt lawn in Massapequa Park, New York
Since June, mowing the lawn has been a requirement of town residents. Those who fail to do so can face a whopping $250 to $1,000 fine for the first offense. It increases to $2,500 for the second and up to $10,000 for the third!
Officials claim the ordinance will help maintain home values and keep the people healthy.
Feeding wild turkeys in Hainesport, New Jersey
Apparently, turkeys have become aggressive in the South Jersey town, having gotten used to humans coming around with treats. They’ve reportedly been attacking joggers, so the township passed an ordinance banning folks from offering food to the 15 to 20-pound wild birds, the fine for which is $2,000.
Texting while walking in Fort Lee, New Jersey
To prevent accidents caused by people paying more attention to their phones than what’s in front of them, the town hands out $85 fines to those who text and walk.
“Pedestrians aren’t watching where they are going, and they are not aware,” Fort Lee Police Department chief Thomas Repoli told ABC News.
A barking dog in Los Angeles, California
Dog owners face fines of $250-$1,000 if their pups continuously bark too loud. If they bark for at least 10 minutes or sporadically over 30 minutes within a three-hour timeframe, owners should expect to shell out some cash for being a disturbance.
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