If you’re a teenager in Chesapeake, Virginia and you’re contemplating going trick or treating this year, you might want to reconsider your plans, because it could end up getting you tossed in the clink.
Yes, that’s right, folks. The city has passed an ordinance code that now prohibits anyone who is over the age of 12 from being allowed to trick or treat, and the punishment for getting caught is ridiculously steep.
You could face a between $25 to $100 and six months in jail.
This is further proof that government, no matter at what level, is inept.
The code also prohibits trick or treating after 8:00 p.m.; those who violate the code “shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $10.00 nor more than $100.00 or by confinement in jail for not more than 30 days or both.”
The city’s website claims police “will focus on making sure the evening is safe for everyone” but won’t be “actively seeking out violations of the time or age limits.”
“[A] thirteen year old safely trick or treating with a younger sibling is not going to have any issues,” the statement said. “That same child taking pumpkins from porches and smashing them in the street more likely will.”
Evan Maguire, the Editorial Associate of the American Spectator and a native of Chesapeake, Virginia told the Daily Wire he was “upset” about the ordinance. “Having an unjust law on the books, even if it’s rarely enforced, is not right.”
Maguire said he reached out to the city and asked them the purpose for the rule. “This goes against our most fundamental freedoms as Americans and I find these penalties downright authoritarian,” he said in his message to the city. “How dare you prosecute kids over 12 for having fun, they’re still kids!”
Listen, at the end of the day, if everyone is being safe and having a good time, does it really matter how old the kid is at your door? Sure, it seems a bit ridiculous to be that age and still trick or treating, but there’s a whole lot worse things they could be doing.
There are so many more important things going on in the world, and yet, these elected officials would rather limit the fun of its citizens with a nonsensical law as opposed to using tax dollars wisely to ensure prosperity in the community.
And liberals wonder why conservatives want less government?
Source: Daily Wire
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