Quote of the Day - You're only as good as your last haircut. - Fran Liebowitz
More HTGS: That's More Expensive Than John Edwards' Haircut
In the annals of dumb laws, there are some pretty good ones out there. Some are apocryphal, and some are real, like this one: in Alabama, you can't play dominoes in a billiard room unless you live in a county with a population not less than 56,500 nor more than 59,000 according to the 1970 census, which probably means the state law applies in just one county, I'm guessing.
I don't know; I'm not licensed to practice law in Alabama. Maybe somebody who is can help. Some laws, however, get changed when people realize that they're outdated, and some don't.
Let's look at one other example down South. But first, and as an aside here, I don't mean to pick on the South. I used to live in Virginia, and the South is a lovely place to live. Feel better now?
I'd point out that we have some whacko laws in California, the land of fruits, nuts, twigs and berries, but you probably already knew we were crazy out here. Just to make sure I give equal time to our lovely state, you won't be surprised to learn that you can't bowl on the sidewalk in Chico. Yep. It's prohibited by Chico Municipal Code section 9.26.010.
The law doesn't stop you from setting up a rack of ten pins on the sidewalk, you just can't roll a ball at them and knock them down.
Makes perfect sense.
Now back to my original point. In Houma, Louisiana, somewhere south of Baton Rouge and west of New Orleans, just slightly above the bayou, you can't cut hair on Sundays or Mondays at a barbershop. In fact, if you do, you're likely facing a $500 ticket. Even John Edwards would blush at that price.
The owner of such a barbershop, Clyde Scott, thought he was doing some local high school boys a favor by giving them a shave and a trim just before their Monday night graduation earlier this week. Instead, he got a ticket under the old law. Apparently someone called the police to alert them to loiterers outside the shop, and they came to investigate.
According to the UPI, "Houma Police spokesman Lt. Todd Duplantis said officer Michael Toups was instructed to write the ticket ..... He said the aging ordinance was discovered by Sgt. Daniel Belanger. ... Parish Council Clerk Paul Labat said the law, which also bars barbershops from opening on Sundays and several holidays, is believed to predate the merger of the parish and city governments in 1981. ‘It was probably on the books before 1979,' Labat said. ‘It's still an active law.' "
The barber will be calling his lawyer.
You can read more stories like this one in my How to Get Sued book from Kaplan Publishing to be released June 3rd.