Rules can be good. Other times they can be bad. In general, if there are lots of rules, there is less freedom for people. We should agree upon good laws that promote and protect freedom for all citizens.
The government recently passed a law in Chesapeake, Virginia, and will be strict about who can and cannot go trick-or-treating. Punishment is potential jail time for trick-or-treaters over the age of 12.
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This seems way over the top. There are lots of practical issues with a rule like this.
According to the city ordinance code, ‘anyone over the age of 12 who participates in trick-or-treating or any similar activity “shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25.00 nor more than $100.00 or by confinement in jail for not more than six months or both.”
The ordinance also states that “an individual trick-or-treating after 8 p.m. will be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by up to a $100.00 fine or jail time of up to 30 days, or both.”
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Get real. Who in their right mind would put a kid in jail for trick-or-treating? This is dumb. What if an older sibling is taking a younger sibling out to be sure they are safe? How would you check the identification of someone who may appear to be too old? What is the impact on the community when others could snitch on potential violators?
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