It is illegal to shine a flashlight on a sea turtle

You can be fined for not denouncing “the evils of intemperance” on the fourth Friday of every October.

Wife beaters weren’t allowed to hold public office.

Eating watermelons in the Magnolia Street cemetery is forbidden.

Dogs may not be on the beach during the summer months during the daytime or the owner may be arrested.

Sec. 4-8. Dogs on beaches prohibited certain times; animals restricted on Ocean Boulevard. (a) It shall be unlawful to allow any dog to be on the public beaches or boardwalks of the municipality from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the period from May 15 through September 15 of each year, except for assistance animals […]

No one may sleep on the beach at night.

Sec. 5-4. Sleeping on public beach after 9:00 p.m. prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to sleep on the beach within the city between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and sunrise. (Code 1980, § 7-10-4)

Persons may not change clothes in a gas station without permission of the owner.

Sec. 5-13. Changing clothes in public lavatories, etc. It shall be unlawful for any person to undress or to put on a bathing suit, change from a bathing suit to normal clothes or change from normal clothes to a bathing suit in any public lavatory or toilet room in the city without obtaining permission or […]

It is illegal to urinate in the waters of any park.

Sec. 14-139. Prohibited acts in parks and other public facilities. It shall be unlawful for any person using the public parks, recreation areas, grounds or facilities of the city (referred to in this article as parks), specifically to include Chapin Memorial Library, to either perform or allow the performances of any of the following actions […]

It is illegal to dance in public in Lancaster.

One commits a nuisance if he or she leaves a large amount of trash in their own vehicle.

Sec. 9-1-113. Conditions affording food or harborage for rats. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to place, leave, dump or permit to accumulate any garbage, rubbish or trash in any building, vehicle and their surrounding areas in the town so that the same shall or may afford food or harborage for rats. Any […]

Carriages may not be driven on sidewalks.

Sec. 12-1-511. Motor vehicles prohibited on pathways. Any publicly owned pathway or lane designed for pedestrians or bicycles shall not be traversed or utilized in any way by any of the following: (1) Cars, trucks, tractors, or any other motorized vehicles, with the exception of emergency vehicles, authorized maintenance vehicles, or electric-powered wheelchairs for the […]

The drinking age on Furman University campus is 60 years old.

Furman University was originally a “dry campus”, but recently, condos built for senior citizens were erected on the property, so drinking was allowed, but only for the senior citizens.

Horses are to wear pants at all times.

Bitches in heat shall be confined.

Sec. 4-27. Confinement of bitches in heat and stray dogs.

(a) It shall be the duty of the owner, or any person having control, of any bitch to securely confine such dog and keep it concealed from view while such dog is in heat or proud.

(b) It shall be the duty of any police […]

“Vicious Dogs” may not be kept within the city limits.

Sec. 4-20. Vicious dogs.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain any vicious or ferocious dog within the corporate limits of the city.

(b) In the event any person or property is injured or damaged by any such dog, the owner of such dog shall be prima facie guilty of […]

Sexually oriented businesses may not open for business on Sundays.

Sec. 12-106. Hours of operation.

No sexually oriented business shall open to do business before 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday or remain open after 12:00 midnight Monday through Saturday. No sexually oriented business shall open for business on a Sunday. This subsection shall not apply to an adult motel, nor to a business whose hours […]

Lifeguards must be present at apartment complex pools, but only after 11:00 PM.

Sec. 13-13. Restrictions on operation and use of residential apartment complex swimming pools.

(a) Except as hereinafter provided, it shall be unlawful for any person to use, or for any person to operate or to keep open, any swimming pool on the premises of any residential apartment complex or building between the hours of 11:00 […]

It is against the law to drive a motorized vehicle on King Street.

The Fire Department may blow up your house.

This law was made so that the fire department could create a fire brake.

A person must be eighteen years old to play a pinball machine.

SECTION 20-7-8915. Playing pinball machines.

It is unlawful for a minor under the age of eighteen to play a pinball machine.

It is illegal to give or receive oral sex in South Carolina.

A permit must be obtained to fire a missile.

Title 23 – Law Enforcement and Public Safety



SECTION 23-33-10. “Missile” defined. A “missile,” as contemplated by this chapter, shall be defined as any object or substance hurled through the air by the use of gunpowder or any other explosive substance whether purchased by the individual or compounded from chemicals.

SECTION 23-33-20. […]

It is illegal to display a Confederate flag on a courthouse.

Railroad companies may be held liable in some instances for scaring horses.

Title 58 – Public Utilities, Services and Carriers CHAPTER 17. THE GENERAL RAILROAD LAW ARTICLE 27. SAFETY; NOTICE OF ACCIDENTS

SECTION 58-17-3360. Electric hand lanterns shall be used in switching and moving trains.

All railroad carriers shall equip trainmen in their employ engaged in switching and train movements in intrastate commerce in this State with […]

An exception to the no work on Sunday law is that light bulbs may be sold.

Title 53 – Sundays, Holidays and Other Special Days CHAPTER 1. SECTION 53-1-50. Exceptions to prohibition on Sunday work.

Section 53-1-40 does not apply to the following:

(1) The sale of food needs, ice, or soft drinks. (2) The sale of tobacco and related products. (3) The operation of radio or television stations nor to […]