Some years ago, I was working in Kamloops when council decided to have staff go through all the city bylaws and decide which ones were no longer relevant.
Since I wasn’t covering the story, I can’t remember if it was Kamloops itself or another city in the area which was noted to still have on the books a law requiring downtown businesses to have a hitching post for horses in front of the store.
That bylaw was, I hope, taken off the books quickly,.
I recently came across a list of similar laws from the United States and decided to see how many of them are still relevant.
For instance, in Florida, if you tie an elephant to a parking meter, you must pay the same parking fee as you would for a vehicle. That one, I think, should stay. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I had to drive around the block in downtown Kamloops because all the good spots were taken up by elephants, whose owners weren’t paying a penny.
One I suspect many men would like to see changed is the Idaho law saying a man can not give his sweetheart a box of candy weighting less than 50 pounds. Actually, a lot of Idaho women would probably like to see that law repealed as well, so they can get some chocolates for their birthday without having enough for the next year.
A law in Maine which I think Prince George should look at makes it illegal, on penalty of a fine, to have Christmas decorations on display after Jan. 14. Think about how many houses you still saw lit up into February and March, and I hope you agree with me.
In Harper Woods, Minnesota, it’s illegal to paint a sparrow with the intent of selling it as a parakeet. I guess if you paint it with the intent of selling it as a vulture,you’re OK.
One New York law makes perfect sense, given David Letterman’s comment a few years ago that, “New York City now leads the world in the number of people it is unsafe to make sudden movements around.” In New York, while riding in an elevator, you must talk to no one, fold your hands, and look toward the door. It’s not only safer, it’s the law.
And finally, one that, as a newspaper photographer, I should be aware of if I ever go to Wyoming. In that state, from January to April, you can not take a picture of a rabbit without an official permit. I can understand a law saying you can’t shoot a rabbit, but this is carrying things a bit far.