25 Stupid Government Regulations That Will Make You Shake Your Head

Posted by , Updated on June 21, 2017

Sometimes the government oversteps the boundaries of what most people would consider to be reasonable, usually when a small but vocal minority get upset about a specific issue. While many of these regulations are laughable, they have often had real impact on real individuals and families. The great writer Neil Gaiman once said the following in his blog, “The Law is a huge blunt weapon that does not and will not make distinctions between what you find acceptable and what you don’t. This is how the Law is made.” Case in point, 25 Stupid Government Regulations That Will Make You Shake Your Head.

Subscribe to List25

If the city doesn't like your garden, they'll tear it down as you watch in tears. That's exactly what happened to a woman in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2012. The city code enforcers said her garden (on her private property, causing harm to no one) was in violation of code because someone complained about her yard. The garden - including fruit and nut trees - was well cared for and was the unemployed woman's only source of income and most of her food. Before a judge would see her, the city ripped out her primary food source and livelihood. Because a neighbor complained. Kind of have to wonder how those people sleep at night.

salad-water-garden-plantSource: http://www.newson6.com/ Image Source: www.pexels.com (public domain)

If you think this is ridiculous, wait until you see number 5!


In Mississippi, it's illegal to be the parent of two or more illegitimate children. It's a law that's been on the books since the 1940's, and while it's obviously not enforced, it...could be.

childrenSource:http://www.dumblaws.com/ Image Source: www.pexels.com (public domain)

Food Trucks are a way for talented chefs and entrepreneurs to bring amazing food to the masses without insane overhead and startup costs. They're also bogged down by a LOT of regulations and fees and permits. While this makes sense from a food safety point of view, some states are passing regulations that limit food trucks parking too close to other restaurants, allowing those restaurants to have a bit of a monopoly, and making it harder for food trucks to stay in business. This is an example of government favoring a larger business and offering them protection from competition, know as protectionism. If you don't want government in bed with BIG businesses, it starts at a local level with things like this. Let healthy competition happen, and don't use the government to strong arm your competition out of the market.

foodtruckSource: http://www.mlive.com/ Image Source: https://www.pexels.com (public domain)

Texas passed a law in 2007 that required computer repair technicians to have a private investigator's license, which requires a specific degree and multi-year apprenticeship. Breaking this law could result in up to $14,000 in fines and a year in jail. While the author of the bill claims it's being misinterpreted, broad sweeping laws that are vaguely worded are a horrible idea because they have, historically, been used whenever someone has an ax to grind. It also calls into question weather or not the people who write these laws are properly knowledgeable in the field they're attempting to legislate.

computertechSource: http://www.techrepublic.com/ Image Source: https://www.pexels.com (public domain)

Some Human resources documentation must be held onto forever. Not 50 years, not 100 years, but forever. There are many companies in the United States that are over 100 years old, and hopefully there will be more in the future. So employment applications and offer letters from 100 years ago must be retained, legally.

clerk-business-businesswoman-busySource: https://blog.ceb.com Image Source: https://www.pexels.com (public domain)

SEE ALSO: 25 Most Visited Countries In The World »

NOW WATCH: 25 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries Ever

Subscribe to List25

Show Us Your Love
Join Over 2 Million+ List25 Fans