Your California employment lawyer likes it mix it up when it comes to blogging. This week we’ve decided to stay away from employment law and add some fun. Reader’s Digest came out with an article on “13 Funny International Laws You’d Never Know Were Real.” For all you travelers out there check out these wacky laws before you head out! No one likes to pay fines!
Vicks inhalers are forbidden in Japan
In Japan, over-the-counter allergy/sinus medications that contain the ingredient pseudoephedrine such as Vicks inhalers and Sudafed are banned under Japan’s strict anti-stimulant drug laws.
Don’t eat on church steps in Italy
It’s an offense in Florence to eat or drink while sitting on church steps or within a church courtyard.
Keep your top on in Fiji
Public nudity and topless bathing are illegal here. Stay covered up and out of jail.
Feed the pigeons and you’ll break the law in San Francisco
The city famous for the Golden Gate Bridge blames the ubiquitous birds for spreading disease and damaging property.
Leave your bible at home in the Maldives
In the Maldives, public observance of any religion other than Islam is prohibited, and it’s an offense to import bibles into the country.
Watch your camera in Kazakhstan
Photography in and around airports is illegal, and taking pictures of military and official buildings is frowned upon as well.
Don’t smoke in Jamaica, mon
Tourists may be surprised to discover that marijuana is outlawed in Jamaica.
Pack a breathalyzer in France
Drivers are legally required to carry a portable Breathalyzer in their vehicle.
Pucker up at your peril in the United Arab Emirates
Tourists have been arrested and thrown in jail for kissing in public.
Butt out and chew carefully in Singapore
Lighting up in public—in restaurants, on the street, in a park—will earn a stiff fine in this Asian country.
Keep your pants on in Greece
Dropping your drawers is a chargeable offense in Greece that can bring with it a steep fine or jail time.
Bathing suits are for the beach only in Barcelona
In this Spanish city, it’s against the law to wear swimming attire on public streets
Don’t empty your piggy bank for purchases in Canada
If you’re shopping in Canada, don’t expect cashiers to accept stacks of coins as your sole method of payment
Now if you thought employment law was complicated, don’t you think these laws are a little crazy?