March 28, 2018

7 Weird State Laws to Watch Out for While Traveling

Traveling around the country can be tricky, and some laws can really get you messed up. No fear, Spots is here to drop a little knowledge for our student travelers to ensure a smooth weekend trip.

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You better not use a fork to eat your fried chicken in Georgia!

1. Georgia

This one’s for you, Gainesville, Georgia. Thanks to a 1961 law added to the city code as a publicity stunt, it is illegal to eat fried chicken in “the poultry capital of the world” with anything other than your fingers. A tourist was “arrested” for such a chicken-forking violation in 2009. Good ‘ol GA, taking “finger licking good” to a whole new level.

2. Texas

Don’t try to sell anyone’s eye. Not eyes. Just one eye. It’s illegal to sell a singular eye in the State. So if you’re low on cash while traveling, don’t try and get some that way.

3. California

Who doesn’t dream of a totally instagrammable west coast college roadtrip? You may only throw a frisbee at the beach in Los Angeles County, CA with the lifeguard’s permission. So if you’re trying to show your super amazing Cali trip on Snap with all your friends back on campus, make sure your action shot is lifeguard approved.

4. Tennessee

College students in Tennessee beware. Don’t share your Netflix password, it’s illegal. It’s an affordable way for college students to binge watch their favorite shows, but in the volunteer state it’s a big no-no.

5. New York

New Yorkers love their bagels, so much that they really don’t like them “altered”..... Bagels (sliced, toasted, or served with cream cheese, etc.) carry an eight cent sales tax. If you keep that bagel as is, you can avoid that tax.

6. Florida

Florida is a… peculiar state as a whole. Lots of families come here on vacations, and family vacations are stressful. Kids can be a handful, but remember that in Florida it is a felony to sell your children. You've been warned. Don’t sell your kids, or anyone else’s. Tuition is high, we get it, but please don’t get any crazy ideas this summer.

7. Louisiana

In Louisiana it is illegal to steal someone else’s crawfish—like, super illegal Y’all. Crawfish theft in excess of $1,500 can land the offender with up to ten years prison time or a $3,000 fine. Traveling to NOLA? Don’t steal anyone’s crawfish.

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