You Can Get Arrested For That

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Transworld, Jul 31, 2010 - Travel - 320 pages

What started out as an innocent board game inspired Rich Smith to undertake a daring crime spree across the United States - a journey to break the dumbest American laws on the statute books.

In the Land of the Free, it is illegal to:

- Lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory (South Dakota)
- Play a trumpet with the intention of luring someone to a store (California)
- Catch a fish with a lasso (Tennessee)

Rich's first problem was narrowing down the huge choice of laws to just twenty-five. The second was persuading his mate Bateman to come along, to do some of the driving - and possibly provide bail money. The third was finding someone who was willing to help him break his first law: one of San Francisco's oldest statutes, which related to oral sex. No, Bateman couldn't help with that one.

Join Rich as he attempts his one-man crime wave - almost as difficult as a one-man Mexican wave.

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User Review  - ocgreg34 - LibraryThing

Who would have thought that a simple round of Balderdash would lead to one of the strangest crime sprees in America? But that's exactly what happened according to British writer Rich Smith in his book ... Read full review

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This is one of those books that makes you want to hit yourself in the forehead and say, "Why didn't I think of that?" We've all see lists of stupid laws such as "It's illegal to fish in Chicago while ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Rich Smith 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 and continue travelling, as long as US law inforcement doesn't catch up with him.

For more information on Rich Smith, see his website at

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