Protect Yourself, Protect Your Rights. It Isn’t Just a Misdemeanor.

Criminal Law Blog

3 Wacky Washington Laws You Won’t Believe

November 20, 2015

Did you know that it’s illegal to attach a vending machine to a utility pole in Washington without prior consent from the utility company? Or that people are not allowed to buy mattresses on Sundays? How about the fact that it’s illegal to pretend one’s parents are rich? These are just a few of the truly bizarre laws that exist in the Evergreen State. Truth be told, most of these dumb laws are long-forgotten statutes that are no longer enforced, but it can be quite entertaining to learn about some of the wacky laws in Washington and think about the scenarios that put these statutes on the books in the first place.


  • It’s Illegal to Harass Bigfoot – Under the Undiscovered Species Protection Act, it is illegal to harass Bigfoot, Sasquatch, or any other undiscovered ape-like creatures or subspecies of Homo Sapiens. If you travel to Washington with the intent of messing with Sasquatch, you can face a fine up to $100,000 and imprisonment for up to 10 years.


  • It’s Illegal to Unknowingly Enter a City with Criminal Intentions – If you plan to commit a crime in any city in Washington, you better let the chief of police know in advance. That’s because it’s mandatory in Washington for motorists with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and phone the chief of police before entering the town.


  • It’s Illegal to Destroy Beer Bottles without Written Consent – Ever broken a beer bottle and received a $1 fine? If not, you’ve never broken a bottle in Washington. According to RCW 19.76.110, anyone who “wantonly” destroys a beer bottle without written consent is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a $1 fine for each and every bottle destroyed.

These laws are certifiably bizarre, but are they really any more outrageous than some of the laws in Arizona that put good people behind bars? Janet Altschuler doesn’t think so, which is why she is committed to providing aggressive legal representation for individuals facing misdemeanor and felony charges in Tucson. To speak with a criminal defense attorney with more than  years of experience dedicated to criminal law, call the Law Office of Janet Altschuler at (520) 247-1789 or toll-free at (866) 377-7808.

This article is part of a collection of The Most Ridiculous Laws in the United States! Some of these laws are downright hard to believe. Do you know what might be illegal in your state?