People have been sharing things that are illegal but ethically okay – in their opinion, obviously – after Redditor bleachspot asked this.
“What is something that is illegal but isn’t wrong ethically?”
And it prompted some fascinating exchanges and probably a few surprises along the way.
Plus, it introduced us to the verb ‘credentialing’ but that’s enough about us.
We’ve read all of the responses – well, quite a lot of them – so you don’t have to and these 13 stood out from the crowd.
‘Paying for someone else’s parking meter.’
‘In Keene new Hampshire there was a group called the “Robinhooders of Keene”. They would follow around the meter maid and put quarters in the meters so they couldn’t write tickets. Most of the revenue comes from the tickets, not the meters.
‘The city tried to sue but they were unsuccessful. Some unknown benefactor paid the robinhooders to do it. It was part of the libertarian “free state project”.’
‘Loitering in a park. I’ve always wondered why this is illegal in some places. The point of a park is to loiter.’
‘Jay walking and crossing the street on a red lights, as a pedestrian, when there are no cars around.’
‘Taking food from dumpsters.’
‘My sister used to work at a Starbucks kiosk in a grocery store. At the end of the day she was supposed to throw away the pastries that were in single use plastic wrappers and she’d write them off as disposed of and such but she’d take them home cause we were struggling financially and was trying to provide a little extra help to her family.
‘It was her first job and was still a teen and naive to the trouble she could get into. One day they accused her of stealing and showed the tapes of her taking them home and ended up escorting her out with security and put her on probation and just went the full 9 yards over it. She came home traumatised and sobbing.
‘Corporate is the most inhumane system we’ve ever made yet it’s the one with the most power over us. It’s despicable.’
‘Downloading college ebooks for free instead of spending $400 on the latest version. Usually, all they did was change the spelling of a few words and called it v87.12458281648391846 of the book, then they required it for your college class.’
‘Credentialing laws for things that don’t carry much danger if you do them incorrectly, for example requiring a license to be a florist.’
‘Sleeping in your car.’
‘Playing on a playground after it closes, usually after 8 or 9pm.’
‘Living off the grid without a permit.’
‘Withdrawal of care for terminal illness in some places, unfortunately.’
‘I got fined for enjoying full moon at the beach. I missed the sign that I shouldn’t have parked after 8 pm. Totally sucks.’
‘Pirating media that isn’t available for purchase in your area. You weren’t going to get my money either way.’
‘Making an adaptation of a piece of media from your grandparents’ childhood without a license because the creator died less than 75 years ago.’
‘In many municipalities, “tiny” homes are illegal.’
‘It’s also not legal in most places to build small neighborhoods anymore. Roads have to be extra wide, no dual resident dwellings, can’t have more than 1 front door, etc.
‘Your typical near downtown small, cute, friendly neighborhoods couldn’t be built today.’
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