WORK-LIFE BALANCE / APR. 29, 2015
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10 Laws You've Broken Without Even Realising It

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No matter how hard you try to be meticulous and obey all the rules set by the state, there are times when you just want to be free and to do whatever you want. Without realising it, at that specific moment you are making the choice to break the law and therefore, run the risk of having to pay a big fine or even earn yourself some jail time.

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So, here is the list of the 10 laws that you are breaking every day without even realising it.

1. Betting with your friends

While you think betting is a safe hobby, when it becomes out of control, it is not. If you gamble often, you should be cautious as it easily becomes a habit and therefore, you risk becoming a serious gambler. In the U.S. gambling that involves five or more people and has revenue of a minimum $2000, is illegal and punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

2. Owning a permanent marker

Did you know it is a crime to own a permanent marker? If you are under the age of 18, possessing indelible markers or aerosol cans is illegal across the U.S. in states such as Florida and California. It is also prohibited to buy permanent markers to someone who is underage.

3. Singing ‘Happy Birthday to You’ in public

Public performances of ‘Happy Birthday to You’ are technically illegal as this is considered an act of copyright violation. Warner/Chappell Music, the company which owns the copyright, claims that this law will not expire until 2030 and those who perform this song in public will be forced to pay $700 on royalties.

4. Using a cell phone while driving

How many times have you caught yourself talking on the phone or texting while driving? This is not only prohibited, but also extremely dangerous. Unless you are using a hands-free device, you are not allowed to use your device in any way as this could cost you up to $124.

5. Using fake names online

Don’t tell me you have never used a fake name to gain access to a website or created a fake identity on Facebook? It’s okay, you can admit it, everyone has done it. Giving false information to the public in an attempt to mislead them is a serious offence and any unauthorized access (hacking) could get you up to 20 years in prison.

6. Downloading movies

Downloading pirated media products such as movies and music are considered to be illegal, but this doesn’t stop you. Instead of paying money to get the Spotify premium subscription or buy songs from iTunes, you prefer to watch movies and listen to your favorite songs on other websites that offer you the same, but for free.

7. Littering

Despite the fact that you know littering is an offence, you go ahead and pollute the Earth with your garbage anyway. The fine is not expensive and as long as the cops don’t catch you doing it, you don’t mind throwing your garbage out of your car window.

8. Speeding

The only time you check the speedometer is when you see a police vehicle or camera in the distance. While this is effective in terms of not getting caught exceeding the speed limit, it’s not a permanent solution to the problem and incredibly risky, not to mention highly dangerous to you, your passengers and other drivers on the road.

9. Connecting to unsecure networks

You do this every day, but it’s actually illegal. Stealing wireless internet is considered to be a crime as it gives you an unauthorized access to a computer or a website and can give you at least two years of jail time.

10. Jaywalking

You know that you are only allowed to cross the street at a crossing, but what you do instead is cross the road where you think it’s safe. Breaking this law is kind of ironic if you think about it as it’s supposed to protect pedestrians.

From time to time, you may find yourself crossing the line without even realising it. Hopefully this list has provided you with enough information regarding your law-breaking habits to help you be more careful and obey the rules.

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Are you guilty of breaking these laws? Let us know in the comments section below…

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