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Dumb California Laws

Stupid Laws in the State of California


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  • Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
  • A regulation in San Francisco makes it unlawful to use used underwear to wipe off cars in a car wash.
  • Arcadia: Peacocks have the right of way to cross any street, including driveways.
  • Belvedere City Council order reads: "No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash."
  • Blythe: You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.
  • Burlingame: It is illegal to spit, except on baseball diamonds; Carmel Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk. (Repealed when Clint Eastwood was mayor); Women may not wear high heels while in the city limits.
  • In 1838, the city of Los Angeles passed an ordinance requiring that a man obtain a license before serenading a woman.
  • In Los Angeles courts it is illegal to cry on the witness stand.
  • In Berkeley, Calif., you can't whistle for an escaped bird before 7 a.m.
  • In California you may not set a mouse trap without a hunting license.
  • In California, animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
  • In Los Angeles a man is legally entitled to beat his wife with a leather belt or strap, but the belt can't be wider than 2 inches, unless he has his wife's consent to beat her with a wider strap. Consent should be given prior to the event, as is carefully stipulated.
  • In Los Angeles, you cannot bathe two babies in the same tub at the same time.
  • In Ventura County, California, cats and dogs are not allowed to have sex without a permit.
  • It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
  • It is a violation of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control Act for producers of alcohol beverages to list the names of retailers or restaurants that sell their products in advertising or even in newsletters.
  • Lompoc: It is illegal to posses, own or raise roosters. This is considered disturbing the peace.
  • Long Beach: Cars are the only item allowed in a garage; It is illegal to curse on a mini-golf course.
  • Los Angeles law forbids hunting moths under a street light.
  • Los Angeles: It is illegal for a man to beat his wife with a strap wider than 2 inches without her consent; You cannot bathe two babies in the same tub at the same time; You may not hunt moths under a street light; It is illegal to cry on the witness stand; Toads may not be licked; It is a crime for dogs to mate within 500 yards of a church (Breaking this law is punishable by a fine of $500 and/or six months in prison); Zoot suits are prohibited.
  • No alcohol beverages can be displayed within five feet of a cash register of any store in California that sells both alcohol and motor fuel.
  • Oakland, Calif., makes it illegal to grow a tree in front of your neighbor's window and block his view. However, you're off the hook if the tree is one that town officials consider an attractive tree, such as a redwood or box elder.
  • Pacific Grove: Molesting butterflies can result in a $500 fine.
  • Palm Springs: It is illegal to walk a camel down Palm Canyon Drive between the hours of four and six PM.
  • Pasadena: It is illegal for a secretary to be alone in a room with her boss.
  • Prunedale: Two bathtubs may not be installed in the same house.
  • Riverside: One may not carry a lunch down the street between 11 and 1 o'clock.
  • San Diego: It is illegal to shoot jackrabbits from the back of a streetcar.
  • The owners of houses with Christmas lights on them past February second may be fined up to $250.
  • San Francisco: Prohibits elephants from strolling down Market Street unless they are on a leash; It is illegal to wipe one's car with used underwear; Persons classified as "ugly" may not walk down any street.
  • San Francisco bans any "mechanical device that reproduces obscene language."
  • San Francisco prohibits kerchoo powders and stink balls.
  • Santa Monica: You may not play percussion instruments on the beach.
  • Temecula: Ducks have the right of way to cross Rancho California St. at all times.
  • The Chico, California, City Council enacted a ban on nuclear weapons, setting a $500 fine for anyone detonating one within city limits.
  • The city of San Francisco holds a copyright on the name "San Francisco." It is illegal to manufacture any item with the name without first getting permission from the city. Since the Supreme Court upheld the copyright, San Francisco has had an annual $300 million surplus every year.
  • The Santa Monica, Calif., City Council recently proposed that men be allowed to use women's public restrooms when there's a line of three or more at the mens' room, and vice versa.
  • Women may not drive in a house coat.
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