Random But Interesting Laws in the U.S.

Here’s a bunch of random laws in the United States that you may find interesting!

1. Is it illegal to destroy or deface money?Thinking Business Woman With Many Questions In Bubbles Above

Yes. It is a crime to “mutilate, cut, deface, disfigure, perforate, unite or cement together” or do anything else to any type of paper money with the intent to make it unfit to be reissued. The penalty is either a fine or up to 6 months in jail.118 USC 333

2. Is it illegal to read someone else’s mail?

Yes, intentionally opening someone else’s mail without their permission is a federal crime, which could subject you to a fine and/or up to 5 years in prison.218 USC 1702

3. Is it illegal to throw out or destroy someone else’s mail?

Yes. If you “obstruct” the delivery of mail, such as by throwing away or destroying a piece of mail that was wrongly delivered to you, this is a federal crime and you could be subject to a fine or up to 6 months in prison.318 USC 1701

4. Is same-sex marriage legal in the U.S.?

Yes, as of 2015, marriages between people of the same sex are legal throughout the United States.4Obergefell v Hodges

5. Is it illegal to donate food to a non-profit (or could I be sued for it)?

NO! In fact, laws protect you from liability if you donate food to a non-profit and it later causes harm to someone who handles or eats it, as long as you did not intend to do any harm.5Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act

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