Foreign laws that seem weird to Americans

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The United States of America may have some of their own strange laws, but the same can be said with the rest of the world. In fact, there are times when nations from all over question America’s legal system and rules. Still, being aware of each other’s cultures and legal issues can help people have less prejudice towards one another. Looking at these foreign laws also may help the citizens of America realize no government or legal system is flawless. Here are three weird laws from other countries:

  • Those coins must be divided at the cashier, ladies and gentlemen. Canada’s Currency Act of 1985 prevents the amount of coins that can be used on a single transaction. Buying something and then paying more than twenty-five cents in pennies, 5 dollars in nickels, 10 dollars in dimes and quarters, 25 dollars in loonies (the Canadian equivalent to a US dollar bill), and 40 dollars in toonies (US 2 dollars to 10 dollars). A failure to follow this law can result in the merchant refusing to take the money.
  • The citizens of Turin, Italy must love their dogs. According to Livitaly, an Italian Travel Blog, there are at least two laws that have to deal with the canines, one of which being that residents must walk their dog three times a day. At least some might consider it to be a type of exercise. Additionally, animal cruelty in the city can be considered just dying Fido’s fur or cutting the fur in a strange way. Infractions to both laws usually result in a fine.
  • No more late-night parties booming in Malaysia. The country banned several activities in the Minor Offenses Act 1955, but several prohibited laws are existent today. One of these is that residents cannot play instruments in the limits of any town or village between midnight and 6 a.m., annoy people with a loud speaker, or to use either of the aforementioned noises to annoy others on a public road or place. Failure to follow the rules results in the fine, unless it is the military, religious practices, or police making the sounds.


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