Someone recently asked the Internet to list things that ARE illegal, but are NOT ethically wrong. Naturally, there are a LOT of gray areas and nuances in both “what is moral,” and “what is illegal,” especially across different regions.
That said, here are 10 highlights:
1. “Paying for someone else’s parking meter.”
2. “Credentialing laws for things that don’t carry much danger if you do them incorrectly . . . for example, requiring a license to be a florist.”
3. “Pirating media that isn’t available for purchase in your area. You weren’t going to get my money either way.” Or “making photocopies of sheet music.”
4. “Loitering in a park . . . the point of a park is to loiter.”
5. “Jaywalking and crossing the street on a red light, as a pedestrian, when there are no cars around.”
6. “Withdrawal of care for terminal illness.” Or assisted suicide in general.
7. “Prostitution: Everyone does it for free, why can’t you get paid? Especially when you CAN get paid if you film it.”
8. “Taking food . . . from an employer . . . when it was about to get thrown away anyway.” Or even, “stealing” food or other items from a dumpster.
9. “Sleeping in your car.”
10. “Drinking . . . at 20 years and 364 days.”
Of course, some rules exist for OTHER reasons.
Like, some laws are in place to promote a general basis of personal safety and protection of property, even though individual cases may not seem “immoral.” In fact, they may not even be strictly enforced to the letter.