You Can Get Arrested for That: 2 Guys, 25 Dumb Laws, 1 Absurd American Crime Spree

You Can Get Arrested for That: 2 Guys, 25 Dumb Laws, 1 Absurd American Crime Spree

by Rich Smith
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You Can Get Arrested for That: 2 Guys, 25 Dumb Laws, 1 Absurd American Crime Spree by Rich Smith

Two Englishmen on a crime spree break American laws!

Stupid, unreasonable, and long-forgotten laws—but laws just the same.

In 1787 the wise framers of the U.S. Constitution laid out the laws of the land. Since then, things have gone awry, and a few laws even the far-sighted framers couldn’t have imagined have worked their way onto the books in towns and cities across the country.

Did you know that in the United States it’s illegal to:

• Fish while wearing pajamas in Chicago, Illinois?

• Enter a theater within three hours of eating garlic in Indianapolis?

• Offer cigarettes or whiskey to zoo animals in New Jersey?

• Fall asleep in a cheese factory in South Dakota?

Englishman Rich Smith discovered these little-known laws during a great American crime spree that took him from coast to coast in search of girls to kiss (it’s illegal to kiss for longer than five minutes at a time in Kansas), oranges to peel (which the law says shouldn’t be done in hotel rooms in California), and whales to hunt (unlawful in Utah).

What inspired a perfectly law abiding, mild-mannered Englishman to come to America and take on the law? He simply wanted to know why. How did these “only in America” laws come to be, do the police know they exist, and would they care if he broke them? So with his best mate, Bateman, by his side—and at the ready should bail be required—Smith set out to break the law in the United States.

Part road trip, part chronicle of the absurdity of human behavior, part search for the ultimate in roadkill, You Can Get Arrested for That follows Smith and Bateman on their not quite Bonnie and Clyde adventure.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307347442
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 08/01/2006
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 739 KB

About the Author

Rich Smith is twenty-five and lives in Portreath on the north Cornish coast. He is currently studying for a degree in journalism. His ambition is to become a primary school teacher.


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You Can Get Arrested for That: 2 Guys, 25 Dumb Laws, 1 Absurd American Crime Spree 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Griff69 More than 1 year ago
Short and entertaining, but with very little nutritional value. About half of the book focuses on the daring duo and their crime spree. The rest of the time, Rich tends to wander off on tangents unrelated to his goal, but still amusing to read. For many Americans, this could be that rare glimpse into how the rest of the world views us and our deplorable lack of round-abouts. A very quick read and fun in most parts, but currently rather overpriced.
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steelerfan437 More than 1 year ago
You Can Get Arrested For That is about a man named Rich Smith, he is an Englishman who goes to the U.S. to break 25 of the stupidest laws he can find. Most of the laws he is able to break but not all. Rich and his friend, Bateman, live in Portreath on the north Cornish coast of England. He is studying journalism, but he really wants to be a teacher. One day Rich finds 25 dumb laws and decides to break them. He and Bateman decide to go to the states and break them. Rich Smith and his friend Bateman are on a crazy crime spree in America. They break some of the stupidest laws ever. The laws include it is illegal to fall asleep in a cheese factory in North Dakota, or it is illegal to fish in your pajamas in Chicago. Rich is not happy if he can not succeed in the breaking of one of the laws. I think this book can be interesting to some people but I would not be the one to recommend it, because I did not find it very stimulating. I think this book would appeal to some people but not every one.