Every state has strange laws on the books. Usually these served a purpose at one time, like the one in South Carolina where all men are required to bring a rifle to church on Sundays in case of Indian raids. North Carolina is no exception. Here are some laws on the books in the Old North State that might be a little outdated. You’ve really got to wonder what brought some of these laws about.
- It’s illegal to sing off-key.
- Unless held at a fair, a Bingo game may not last more than five hours. Furthermore, serving alcohol at Bingo games is prohibited.
- If a man and a woman who are not married register themselves as married at a hotel, they’re considered legally married. However, any couple staying overnight in a hotel must have a room with double beds that are at least 24 inches apart.
- On that note, sex must be done in missionary position with the shades pulled and oral sex is a crime.
- You can’t do it in a churchyard either.
- Even if they registered as a married couple at a hotel, a marriage can be declared void if either person is impotent.
- Organizations can’t hold meetings while members are in costume.
- In Charlotte, a woman must be covered with 16 yards of cloth or more.
- In Dunn:
You can’t spit on or throw rocks at city streets.
You can’t drive through a cemetery for fun and you can’t visit late at night.
- Elon College prohibits rollerblading on roads or bricks during daylight hours.
- Watch out if you’re visiting Forest City. You have to call the town hall before entering the city if you’re in an automobile.
- Restaurants with sidewalk dining in Greensboro have to have their menus readable from the sidewalk, but they can’t be readable from the street.
- In Zebulon, you can’t stand outside the police station after dark.
You might not ever be charged with any of the laws listed above, but if you ever do run afoul of any of them in the southeastern part of the state, give us a call at 910-763-9925.