It’s no secret that the United Kingdom has some pretty strange laws, of which you can see the full details here. However, unusual laws exist not only in the UK, but they also exist in Las Vegas as well.
Let’s examine both the unusual laws that exist in the UK and Las Vegas.
In the UK, negative employer references are libelous
An employer must ensure that the information regarding references provided is truthful and fair to give a bad reference without risking legal repercussions.
If workers believe their reference was unfair or deceptive, they may be entitled to sue for damages in court. The old employer must be ready to back up the reference with evidence, such as warning letters. Workers must demonstrate that the information is false or misleading and that they have suffered a loss – for instance, a job offer has been withdrawn.
It is Illegal to Kill a Swan in the UK
The British monarchy has protected swans for generations. Since the 12th century, the British crown has owned all swans. This was initially done to ensure the crown’s exclusive access to the swans, considered a delicacy. Even when culinary tastes have changed, the protection has remained in place. Killing a swan was considered treacherous because it was a crime against the monarchy.
Exotic animals are legal to keep as pets in Las Vegas
Monkeys and primates, wildcats, snakes longer than 8 feet, coyotes, lions, elephants, camels, and zebra, foxes, tigers, skunks, raccoons, and venomous reptiles, to name a few, are on the list of animals people are allowed to keep in Las Vegas, as long as individuals apply for a permit and prove that the location where the animals will be held has the proper facility.
Using bath salts is illegal in Las Vegas
The Nevada Board of Pharmacy classified bath salts as a schedule 1 substance in January 2012, making them illegal in the state.
Before the law was implemented, Las Vegas was a significant producer of bath salts, with a high rate of hospitalization associated with its usage. Of course, announcing bath salts as illegal hasn’t eradicated them in Nevada, but anyone caught with them could face a $5,000 fine and a 1-4 year prison sentence.
Hula Hooping Is Illegal on Fremont Street
According to the Las Vegas municipal code, hula hoops are prohibited within the pedestrian mall on Fremont Street. According to the regulation, they’re only referring to hula hoops with more than four feet.
The municipal council of Las Vegas alleged in 2010 that hula hoops were hindering pedestrian traffic. The same regulation forbids unicycling, skating, and skateboarding on Fremont Street, so go somewhere else to vent off steam.
Being homeless is against the law in Las Vegas
One of the most contentious regulations in the weird world of Las Vegas legislation is the criminalization of homelessness, which took effect in November 2019.
Officials in Las Vegas have implemented a contentious ordinance that makes sleeping or camping in public locations in the city’s downtown and residential zones illegal as long as there are open beds at city homeless shelters.
While most of the laws mentioned above were designed to protect people and property, some rules seem strange. However, as society has become more liberal, many regulations have become outdated and no longer serve their original purpose. Nevertheless, they provide a fascinating look at how the laws have evolved.