More Weird Laws Prompt 'Are You Kidding Me?' Reaction
8:12 AM, Nov 11, 2009
No monkeying around in South Bend and no snowball tossing in Warsaw, at least not for law-abiding Hoosiers.6News' Dan Spehler has unearthed more quirky laws still on the books in Indiana communities as part of a weekly series of "Are You Kidding Me?" reports.A law in Terre Haute prevents people from spitting on the sidewalk."I wouldn't want to go to jail for something like that," said one woman, but another woman thought that law is still a good idea."I would give them the thumbs up on that," she said. "Seems pretty gross -- I'd outlaw that if I had the choice, too."A South Bend law that makes it illegal to force a monkey to smoke a cigarette really baffled some.According to legend, a monkey actually appeared in court for smoking in the 1920s."I actually have heard that before," said one man. "It is weird that these are actually laws."A Warsaw ordinance reads: "It shall be unlawful for any person to throw any snowball, stone or other hard substance across or over any street, alley, sidewalk or other public place within the limits of the city.""There are more important things they should have laws about than throwing snowballs," one woman said."I'd probably get in trouble for that one," another woman joked.Last week, 6News asked Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard about some of the strange laws the city has, including one which makes it illegal to ride a horse faster than 10 mph.Ballard said that in many instances, city governments are not aware the old laws are still on the books.In some cases, the laws are no longer documented, but officials have heard of their existence.