12 Common Laws You Break Every Day
Posted on May 12, 2016
You never knew that you were breaking these laws on a daily basis. But everyone breaks them and that pretty much makes us criminals. Check them out.
1. Stealing Wi-Fi
Logging on to someone else's Wi-Fi network is considered illegal. In the States, you can get arrested for connecting to an open network without the owner's permission.
2. Singing Happy Birthday
You've sung Happy Birthday in public millions of times, but you never knew that you were breaking the law. The song is copyrighted and performing it in public is strictly forbidden.
3. Piracy on the Internet
Arrr! This one's tricky because sharing copyrighted files is illegal. Millions of people download torrents every day, but they don't get caught. In some countries, you could get fined with up to $1,000.
In America, jaywalking laws are incredibly strict. In fact, you could get a criminal record if you get caught. It's very unsafe too, and there are many accidents each year.
5. Playing Poker at Home
Gambling and betting have been banned in many US states, but what you didn't know is that it's illegal to play poker for money in some states. You could be breaking the law.
6. Not Having a Dog License
A dog license is used to locate dogs easily, and it is becoming more common in the States. In fact, in some places, it is compulsory. If you don't have one for your pet, you could be breaking the law.
7. Driving Without a Seat Belt
This is pretty much illegal everywhere, but many people still do it. Why risk your own safety while also breaking the law?
8. Throwing Out Someone Else's Mail
If you throw out someone's mail, like the mail that has been addressed to the previous owner of your home, you could get in serious trouble. Tempering with other people's mail is strictly prohibited by law.
9. Giving Someone Your Prescription Medication
In many countries, it is illegal to give someone medicine which has been prescribed only for you. If you get caught, you could serve a jail sentence.
10. Not Changing Your Personal Details after Moving
If you move, you'll have to change your official address and other personal details on documents. Many of us have never done this, but you are breaking the law if you don't update the data on your passport or driver's license.
11. Using Sharpies in Public
Sharpies have been connected to various vandalism crimes. If you get caught in public with one, you could be considered as a suspect for graffiti-related crimes. People have also been arrested when the ink from their Sharpie leaked out onto public property.
12. Using the Streets as a Toilet
You could be arrested as a child molester or an exhibitionist if you pee in public. The consequences can be much more serious than you thought.