I’m currently residing in North Carolina, and I’ve always know this state as being a little too far under the bible belt. We have laws against selling alcohol before noon on Sundays, and gay marriage is a pretty big debate here. This led me to search what other crazy laws this state has, and I was surely not disappointed. I found quite a few, but here are the most interesting ones, along with some information on them.
Click on the panes to reveal information I found on each of these laws.
[pane title=”It is a felony to steal more than $1000 of grease.”]This is a law that apparently became effective this year. In North Carolina small bio fuels producers use leftover grease to create biodiesel that can be used to run special equipped automobiles or home heating systems. These small companies buy grease from restaurants that would otherwise discard it. Grease has gone from being trash to a valuable resource in the past recent years due to this new technology, and as with everything else valuable, comes the act of theft. This new law makes it so that anyone caught stealing more than $1,000 worth of grease would be guilty of a low level felony, and anyone stealing less than $1,000 of grease would be guilty of a misdemeanor.[/pane]
[pane title=”While having sex, you must stay in the missionary position and have the shades pulled.”]I found no information on this law, but I did find that many other websites recognized this as a law from North Carolina.[/pane]
[pane title=”A marriage can be declared void if either of the two persons is physically impotent.”]This law doesn’t say that the marriage must be automatically void if both people are impotent, but rather that it can be void. “…or between persons either of whom is at the time physically impotent…” Source: Chapter 51, Marriage, Article 1, General Provisions 51-3.[/pane]
[pane title=”Serving alcohol at a bingo game is not allowed.”]”Allowing gambling in houses of public entertainment; penalty.” This law is meant to prevent people from getting drunk and gambling their life away, but it technically includes Bingo, since it involves stakes in some places.[/pane]
[pane title=”Organizations may not hold their meetings while the members present are in costume.”]No holding meetings or demonstrations while wearing masks, hoods, etc. Basically no wearing anything on your face if you’re 16 or older, unless you get written permission from the owner or occupier of the property, and the written permission must be submitted and recorded in your county. This law was meant to discourage KKK members from operating within the state. They are known for wearing white hoods and organizing meetings or demonstrations.[/pane]
It’s hard to believe that some of these laws even exist, but I did find that as crazy as some of these sound, it seems some of them are actually necessary. If you want to know what crazy laws exist in your state, you can check them out at http://www.dumblaws.com/.