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Have you heard of these 5 weird Virginia Beach laws?

Evie M.
Actual anti-profanity signs in Virginia Beach. L.O.L.Photo byMobilus In Mobili on

I’ve only recently had a thing about weird laws in states. When I moved to Florida, I cycled through the haunted places, the Florida Man stories, weird records, and then, finally, weird laws. I came up with some doozies, but Virginia can easily go toe to toe with Florida for strange laws, and the reasons behind these laws, with many of them considered archaic and out of practice, are pretty interesting. Here are some of my favs. Enjoy.

1. It is illegal to wash a mule on the sidewalk

L.O.L. I'll admit, this law made me giggle at first, but honestly, reason behind it does make sense. This law is likely a holdover from a time when people frequently used mules for transportation and work. Washing a large animal like a mule on a public sidewalk could cause a traffic obstruction or create a hazard for pedestrians. Virginia Beach, it is against the law to wash any animal, including a mule, on the sidewalk. This law is rarelyenforced and is mostly considered a relic of a bygone era.

2. It is illegal to keep a skunk as a pet

Bambi and Pepé Le Pew enthusiasts in Virginia Beach might be upset to find out that they cannot live out their dreams and own a pet skunk, though it is completely understandable why owning one is illegal. Skunks are known for their strong and unpleasant odor, which can be difficult to contain in a domestic setting. Also, obviously, they are wild animals and can also carry diseases, posing a risk to human health.

3. It is illegal to play Frisbee on the beach

Technically, it is illegal to play Frisbee or any other throwing game on the beach in Virginia Beach, although this law is rarely enforced. This also might seem like a weird law, but themselves on the rules list claimed "bad apples spoiled the fun", so thanks for that. This law is likely intended to prevent people from throwing objects that could potentially injure others on the crowded and often narrow beach. However, it is rarely enforced and most people are unaware of it.

4. It is illegal to curse on the boardwalk in Virginia Beach

You better not let any curse words slip while you're cruising the boardwalk or you could get a third class misdemeanor. The law against using profanity or other offensive language on the boardwalk in Virginia Beach is intended to promote a family-friendly and respectful atmosphere for visitors and residents. Virginia Beach is a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer months, and the city wants to maintain a welcoming and safe environment for everyone. Additionally, the law is meant to discourage unruly or disruptive behavior that could potentially lead to conflicts or disturbances on the boardwalk. However, it's worth noting that this law is rarely enforced and is considered by many to be outdated or unnecessary.

5. It is illegal to spit on a seagull in Virginia Beach

No matter how seagulls annoy you on the beach, you cannot spit at them. This seems like a silly law, because who would spit on a seagull? But every law has a purpose. While it may seem like a strange law, it is illegal to harass or harm wildlife in Virginia Beach. Spitting on a seagull or any other animal could be considered a violation of this law and may result in a fine or other penalty.

Which is your favorite law? Let me know in the comments.

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