9 Insane Loopholes You Won't Believe Are Legal
On most days, threats of fines, jail time, and public shame keep most of civilization in line. But every once in a while, someone finds a loophole wide enough drive a monster truck full of questionable intentions straight through. Such as ...
A Dude Drives Kids To School Every Day ... With A Tank
No kid wants to be bullied in school, and rolling up in a goddamn tank is the best way to ensure that your fellow students give you the respect that you deserve. Britain's Nick Mead has two sons, 130 military vehicles worth over two million pounds, and what we're sure is the biggest penis the Commonwealth has ever seen. He drives his kids to school in a tank every day, because what's the point of getting an education if you aren't striking fear into the hearts of your enemies?
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You would assume this was illegal on the grounds of the longstanding legal precedent established in Terrified Civilians v. Holy Shit, a Goddamn Tank. But as long as the treads are modified to prevent road damage, you and your friends can roll up to 7-11 for a Slurpee in enough hardware to overthrow a banana republic, and no one can say a thing. Of course, the guns have to be disabled ... unless you're an American, baby.
In the Land of the Free, you just need a $200 federal Destructive Device Permit. That sounds like something the government would give Iron Man, but it's meant for bank executives with hard-ons for World War II armor. A local police chief also has to sign off on your ownership, and we're sure none have ever been coerced by having a tank barrel pointed at their office. The only way tank ownership could be more patriotic is if the guns were modified to fire bald eagles holding other, smaller guns.
Those guns shoot flags and iPods loaded with nothing but different renditions of the national anthem.
As for Mr. Mead, his biggest concern is that his children will one day grow tired of looking like stone-cold badasses. Shit, man, adopt us -- you could drive us to the dentist and we wouldn't stop laughing maniacally.
Inmate Shanking Is Ruled Justified Because Of An Anti-Robbery Law
We all know how prison is. Someone you don't like enters your cell, you and your buddy stab him 90 times, he dies, and you get in a little trouble. What are they going to do, charge you with murder and send you to super prison?
Nope. First of all, super prison doesn't exist. We made that up. But more to the point, inmate Antero Alaniz successfully defended himself under Colorado's "Make My Day" law, which allows for the use of any degree of physical force against someone who breaks into your "dwelling."
Real talk, Colorado: We're sure you felt cool quoting Clint Eastwood in your legislature, but having a law named after a movie quote makes other states laugh at you behind your back. We don't care how badass it makes lawyers feel -- you're one step away from an "I never treated you like a prostitute" law that legalizes brothels.
"The defense would like to note that my client only lied about being a thief."
"Yeah, we've all seen that movie."
But more to the point, maaaybe you shouldn't set a legal precedent that lets prisoners get away with murdering other prisoners. We always figured that a dwelling was something you dwelled in voluntarily, even if Alaniz put a few pressed flowers on the wall and really made it his own. Alaniz's argument was that his victim was armed and all up in his dwelling, the same argument that Colorado's hobos will now use after they beat you for wandering under their bridge.
We're not fancy law-talking folk, so we're not going to question the logic of the Dirty Harry Precedent. But we will quote actual lawyers who are doing that. The prosecutor is planning to appeal because the ruling "could limit how the Department of Corrections is able to run a safe facility." We believe that's legal speak for "If you don't change this law, you might as well rename our prisons Stab Cities."
You Can Legally Give Away Your Adopted Children On The Internet
The Internet is great for getting rid of things you don't want anymore -- that exercise bike you swore you'd use, all those Beanie Babies you thought would be your retirement fund, and, if you're a terrible person, adopted children you no longer feel like dealing with.
Called "adoption rehoming" by the people who do it and "uh ... that's basically child trafficking, right?" by everyone else, the process is used by adoptive parents who find themselves unable to handle their children. They go on the Internet and post an ad for a slightly used child, because if there's one thing all parenting classes emphasize, it's to cut and run at the first sign of trouble.
"Hang on, sweetie. We're almost at the nunnery."
Now this may shock you, but strangers on the Internet do not always make for the best parents. Children can end up with abusive families, such as this Canadian couple, who insisted that they needed to unload their new son because he was leaving behind a swath of destruction consistent with his background as a child soldier. To be fair, he must have been one absolutely terrifying soldier if he managed to serve before the civil war in Liberia ended when he was two.
Transferring children isn't inherently illegal, as seriously ill or impoverished parents can sign their child over to a friend or family member in times of need. But adoption agencies don't have the time or resources to check on how every adopted child is doing, and terrible parents don't have the time to re-adopt through official channels because, well, they're terrible. So kids who've come to North America after being promised a better life end up getting shipped to some yahoo on Yahoo.
Private Nudity Laws Let People Get Naked All The Damn Time
We fully support private nudity, but as far as we're concerned, your right to dangle your dongle ends the moment the sight of you gives us flashbacks to the time we saw our junior high gym teacher in the change room and we were forced to confront the fact that we will one day be old.
A North Carolina man has spent years taking advantage of the slim line between private and
pubic public property to enjoy standing in his doorway and sharing what his mama gave him with the world. It's a sight no one wants to see, but as long as you're in your own home, you can let it all hang loose in the eyes of God and neighbors who want to get home without any mental scarring. There's not a damn thing the lawman can do.
And judging from his "blase Amsterdam prostitute trying to seduce a potential customer" pose, he's well aware of that fact.
To be fair, we understand the legal argument here. That is his doorway, behind his tree that hides some but not enough. Never enough. Less clear is the logic that allows a man to wander the streets of Topeka like it's Kansas' sad equivalent of a nude beach.
Wait, is that Beck?
Despite walking past schools, where sexual education courses may be abruptly and unfortunately accelerated, police say there's nothing against the law unless there's a sexual element to his nudity. In other words, "If you're hard, you're getting charged. If you're soft, you can stroll off." This came as a shock to the concerned citizens who took photos of the man for what we're sure are legal purposes and will have absolutely no private secondary uses whatsoever.
Two Men Build A Massive Underground Lair
When a "mystery tunnel to nowhere" was discovered in Toronto, police had two equally valid theories. Either Lovecraftian monsters were rising from the deep to devour mankind for our hubris, or Batman was trying to take advantage of public healthcare.
Or it was all part of a very elaborate Saddam Hussein cosplay.
The eventual explanation was so mundane that it was disappointing yet hilarious. A couple of 20-something guys wanted a place to hang out, and apparently took the expression "man cave" literally. Their knowledge of structural engineering was sound, although the fact that they weren't familiar with the concept of basements, bars, coffee shops, or anywhere else that isn't a dark tunnel suggests that they may in fact be homeless Morlocks.
With poor interior decorating skills, even amongst their own kind.
At any rate, police opined that "There's no crime against digging a hole," unless you dig way too deep and end up trespassing on some Chinese guy's property. Because the lair was built on a public park, police and parks officials went back and forth on what bylaw violation, if any, to charge the men with, before finally shrugging their shoulders when they realized they had better things to do with their time. And that's the story of how Canada is pretty chill about people building supervillain hideouts on government property.
Indiana's Religious Freedom Law Creates A Church Of Cannabis
Indiana's "religious freedom" law, which, among other things, has allowed businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples, has created a lot of unintended side effects. For example, the rest of the country now hates Indiana. But there are also other, much funnier side effects, such as how the state has now been forced to recognize those who worship at the altar of Bob Marley and Oreos that have their cookie parts replaced with cool ranch Doritos.
Weed, both recreational and medicinal, is illegal in the Crossroads of Buzzkilling America. But the Church of Cannabis is arguing that, under the new law, they will be able to claim "reefer" is an essential part of their religious practices and thus free from government interference. If it works, let's all keep the strategy on the downlow from the bath salts people.
Welcome to Saint Lou Reed's!
The church's founder and guy who could definitely score you a little something-something if you're in town is Bill Levin. He's currently working on securing the rock upon which he will build his church, or at least sit on at night, look up at the stars and really think about life, man. He hopes his future building will host heroin and alcohol addiction services, as well as one sweet-ass sundae bar. Levin raked in $2,000 in donations in five days, and members will be asked to pay a monthly tithe of $4.20, because of course they will. Levin hopes to build his church with hempcrete, and one of his 12 commandments is "Spend at least 10 minutes a day just contemplating life in a quiet space," and we're going to stop here before we enforce any more pot-smoking stereotypes.
Schools Can Legally Take Students' Facebook Passwords
We know you dweebs can all agree that cyberbullying is a serious problem. Illinois concurs, which is why the state introduced a bold new law which allows any school that suspects a child of cyberbullying to ... demand that student hand over their social media passwords. Oh, Illinois.
Let us count the ways this law is more problematic than the coal-powered flamethrower we invented. For starters, giving out your password goes against Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, otherwise known as all that wordy shit you didn't bother to read when you signed up. Also, similar laws have been successfully challenged before, with one 12-year-old Minnesota girl suing her school district for $70,000. So she got away with cyberbullying and she got paid more than we make in a year? Who do we have to start calling a turdburger to get in on this racket?
Is it the President? Because don't think we won't do it.
But the most obvious flaw is that schools can violate someone's privacy if there's "reasonable cause," and threaten criminal charges if they don't comply. Remember, this isn't like the time your mom bugged you to accept your friend request and you relented only after adjusting your privacy settings so she'd only see pictures of your cat. If you hand over your password to someone, they can see everything. You know what we mean. Everything.
So it's not hard to imagine a scenario in which a student is falsely accused of cyberbullying, and the school digs up something else incriminating. "Why Billy, we were wrong to accuse you. Surely someone who's nice enough to help a little old lady across the street on his way to GameStop, even though he said he was home sick, would never stoop to such cruelty." Or "It's okay, everyone! Billy was way too busy having a private conversation with an adolescent bedwetting support group to call Tammy a turbo-slut. And he certainly wouldn't want to throw kidney stones in his glass house, huh?"
"Man, this guy hasn't cyberbullied anyone. What a nerd."
If there's any consolation here, it's that we doubt a state that thought this law was a good idea has any clue what social media sites their kids are actually using. "Billy, if you don't hand over your Xanga and LiveJournal passwords, we'll ask your parents to revoke your Tamagotchi privileges! We're not messing around, Billy!"
Man Masturbates On Co-Worker's Desk, It Isn't Considered A Sex Offense
There's no way to sugarcoat this: Some dude from Minnesota ejaculated multiple times into his co-worker's coffee. After a woman caught her colleague of 14 years in the middle of the worst team-building exercise ever, she gargled some bleach and had him slapped with two counts of criminal sexual conduct (and hopefully she also slapped him).
The judge looked at the case, agreed that the co-worker had seriously misunderstood the concept of office spunk, and then promptly dismissed the charges because no existing sex laws covered his precise behavior. At the judge's suggestion, the woman took the case to lawmakers to lobby for change.
"I find the defendant innocent of sexual assault charges but guilty of ruining my lunch break."
The updated law is making good progress. As for the perpetrator, he claims he did it for romantic reasons. Dude, that's not how seduction works. We would suggest that next time, he just ask someone out for coffee, but ... yeah. Never mind. Don't do that.
Landlord Raises Rent-Controlled Apartment Price 400 Percent In One Month
Anyone who's ever rented has dreaded their landlord informing them of a rent increase. You know how it goes. "You're a great tenant, but times are tough and I need to stay competitive. So I'm afraid your rent is going from $2,145 a month to $8,900. You understand, right? Oh, and I'll need a $12,500 security deposit. Okay thanks, bye!" That's what happened to San Franciscan Debra Follingstad, and after we learned that $8,900 a month wasn't still considered cheap for San Francisco, we grew outraged on her behalf.
And if you're going to charge that much, shouldn't you, like, do maintenance?
Her landlord is essentially running a Batman-esque gambit to evict Follingstad. When she moved into the top floor of the house, someone else was renting the main-level apartment, which made the building a multi-unit dwelling. But after that neighbor left, the landlord turned the apartment into a storage unit, and thus the house became a single-unit home. Follingstad is still legally protected from eviction, but she's no longer protected from rent increases because ... reasons? It's not clear why single-unit renters can be screwed with impunity, unless this is a very misguided attempt to make them more social. But if Follingstad somehow can't afford a 400-percent increase in rent and has to leave, the courts can only shrug their shoulders, declare it a darn shame, and pretend they've never heard the phrase "creative eviction" before.
A neighborhood supervisor commented that, while this doesn't go against the letter of the rent control law, it certainly goes against the spirit. As anyone who's ever cheated at Monopoly (i.e. everyone) could respond, that's not much of a deterrent. Follingstad is consulting lawyers but expects she won't even get her security deposit back. As for the landlord, she's presumably planning to convert the home into some form of lair.
Wait a minute ...
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