Sure, it’s good to be an upstanding, law-abiding citizen, but sometimes it feels good to do something illegal. However, there are some activities that seem normal but are actually illegal in certain places. You might not feel like a criminal doing one of these seven activities, but technically, you definitely are. See just how illegal your life is below!
Number Seven: Betting Over $2,000. Though it’s common practice for people to bet on sports in a bar or pub, betting over $2,000 is technically illegal. In 2005, a man made a bet over $2,000 in a bar, and a cop incidentally heard him. The next day, his home was invaded by a S.W.A.T. team.
Number Six: Connecting to Unsecured WiFi Networks. Even if they’re not password protected, it is illegal to connect to unsecured WiFi networks. People who do this can face up to two years in prison and a hefty fine of $10,000.
Number Five: Using a Fake Name Online. Sorry, SexyKitten69, but using a fake name online is completely illegal. People who are caught using fake names can face up to 20 years in prison.
Number Four: Writing Disturbing Material. This one is on the more ridiculous side. In certain states, it is illegal to write disturbing fiction, even if you choose not to publish it. In Oklahoma, someone who is caught writing fictional material that involves a person being injured or killed can face up to 10 years in prison.
Number Getting Drunk in a Bar. This sounds completely redundant, but yes, getting drunk in a bar in is illegal in certain states and countries. In the U.K., people use physical indicators such as glazed eyes to ascertain if someone is drunk, and they can be prosecuted if found to be drunk.
Number Two: Singing “Happy Birthday.” Because the song “Happy Birthday” is copyrighted, anyone who sings it in public must pay a royalty or face time in prison. Every restaurant that sings “Happy Birthday” pays these royalties.
Number One: Owning a Permanent Marker. If you’re under the age of 18, you unfortunately cannot possess a permanent marker or aerosol can in public legally. In 2010, a 13-year-old was arrested for using a permanent marker in class. The marker bled through to his desk, and his teacher made a citizen’s arrest.