Dumb Arizona Laws

Hunting Camels

Plenty of online sources cite a prohibition on the hunting of camels in Arizona. The problem is, they don’t cite a primary source for the regulation, putting contemporary claims that such a law is still on the books in doubt. That’s not to say, however, that the humped beasts never roamed the deserts of the American West. In the mid-19th century, the U.S. Army imported 75 camels from the Middle East to be used as beasts of burden in America’s arid climes.

Fortunetelling, Reading Palms and Hypnosis

In Avondale, the practice of fortunetelling or palm reading in exchange for any type of compensation – including fees and donations – is a misdemeanor offense. Also, it’s unlawful to hypnotize someone, or to be hypnotized yourself, unless the hypnosis is performed by a doctor or a dentist in the course of treating patients. Source

Spitting in Public

Spitting on a sidewalk is a misdemeanor in Goodyear. The same goes for spitting on crosswalks, byways, highways, parks – pretty much any public place. Violators of the law face fines of up to $2,500 and up to six months imprisonment. Source

Singing on the Street

You may have a song in your heart – and if you’re in Buckeye, you better keep it there. In that city, “yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling and singing … as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose” of people in the vicinity is against the law and punishable by fines of up to $2,500 and six months in jail. Source

Using an Alias at a Hotel

It can be fun to pretend to be someone else. But if you’re checking into a hotel in Buckeye, you better use your real name. Registering under a false name – or knowingly allowing yourself to be so registered – at a lodging house is a misdemeanor. Source

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