Have you wondered if you have broken any laws? In the United Kingdom, there are a total of 52,741 laws with thousands more introduced every year. With that many laws, there has to be a few weird ones that are rarely enforced. Let’s find out the top 5 weirdest laws in the UK.
It is illegal to dress up as a police officer – even for a party!
Who doesn’t love dressing up for a fancy-dress party or for halloween? It gives us the opportunity to be whoever or whatever we want for the night but according to the Seamen’s and Soldiers’ False Characters Act 1906, and the Police Act 1996, dressing up as a policeman or armed forces isn’t an option, funny enough, you are allowed to dress as a paramedic.
Illegal to be Drunk in a Pub
The pub is where you go for a drink and oftentimes, you end up being at least a little tipsy. Did you know that every time that you have been drunk in a pub, you actually have broken section 12 of the Licensing Act 187? Yes! It states that it is illegal to be drunk in a premises that permits the sale of alcohol, and it is also illegal to sell alcohol to a drunk individual in a pub. Surely, this law is rarely enforced as it is a common sight regardless of the day of the week.
It is illegal to have a pigsty in your front porch
Planning to raise a pig at home? Under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847, states that it is illegal to have a pigsty at the front of the property, unless it is hidden from view. Perhaps, this is to ensure aesthetic purposes of the neighbourhoods across the United Kingdom. So if you are planning to keep a pigsty, ensure it is hidden!
Misplacing a postage stamp
Watch out the next time that you are posting a letter as misplacing the stamp could be an act of treason. Misplacing the stamp, such as upside down, is an act of treason and is viewed as defacing the royal family. To avoid a fine, make sure that you pay attention to the placement of your stamp!
Do you think that DUIs are only subjected to vehicles? Well, this law says otherwise. The Licensing Act of 1872 states that operating a cow, horse, or a steam engine while under the influence could cost you jail time or a fine. Despite being oddly specific, this law does have a point. Operating a cow, or a horse while intoxicated not only endangers your life, and those around you but also, the animal’s life.
Next time you think that it would be smart to ride a cow home from the pub, think again.
With over 52,741 laws in the United Kingdom, some laws are bound to be a little weird. These were a few of the weirdest laws placed in the country. Have you broken any?