SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - Imagine finding yourself behind bars for something you didn't even know was illegal. It may not require as much imagination as you think.
One man in the Pee Dee found himself behind bars last week for having a few beers and knocking over a few items in his own home, not a crime by most perspectives, by nevertheless, he was facing charges.
The police report says the man was sitting inside his home watching a basketball game when his wife got home. The report claims he got mad at her, and he was visibly drunk, but he never touched her. The man did admit to yelling and moving several objects out of the way.
The man was eventually handcuffed and booked on disorderly house charges, which are still pending.
A disorderly house charge, according to online legal records, applies when the conduct of its inhabitants is such as to become a public nuisance, or the suspect is accused of maintaining a brothel. The police report in this arrest did not indicate either of those conditions would apply.
If that's not the most outrageous thing you've ever heard, wait until you hear about these other laws still on the books in South Carolina.
SECTION 16-15-50: Seduction under promise of marriage.
This law states that any male living in the state of South Carolina that promises to marry an unwed woman must follow through on that promise. Failure to fulfill that promise makes him guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable if convicted with a fine or up to one year in prison.
SECTION 53-1-40: Unlawful to work on Sunday.
This law plainly states that on the first day of the week, you must refrain from work unless your work is for charity or necessity. That law contains a clause for those in Charleston County that consider their Sabbath to be on the seventh day of the week, Saturday.
Horses may not be kept in bathtubs.
This one is pretty self-explanatory.
SECTION 20-7-8915: Playing pinball machines.
It is unlawful for a minor under the age of eighteen to play a pinball machine. Really, that's what it says.
Myrtle Beach has its own set of laws that some may find questionable.
SECTION 5-13: Persons may not change clothes in a gas station without permission of the owner.
This law says you cannot, without the express permission of the owner or proprietor, use a public restroom to change from your bathing suit into an outfit or vice versa.
Another Myrtle Beach law: It is illegal to urinate in the waters of any park.
This law mentions specifically Chapin Memorial Park, saying it is unlawful to pollute the waters by either willfully of negligently discharging liquid or solids pollutants into the park waters. The punishment for such actions in unspecified.
Myrtle Beach isn't the only South Carolina city with some questionable city ordinances. Greenville is also on the list.
The drinking age on Furman University campus is 60 years old. The private, liberal arts college was originally a "dry campus," but recently, condos were built on the property for senior citizens, so drinking was allowed, but only for the senior citizens.
Also joining the list is Lancaster County. It is illegal to dance in public in Lancaster.
This law comes from the peninsula of Charleston, and bears no explanation for its origin: The Fire Department may blow up your house.
And Fountain Inn rounds out the list with this doozy...Horses are to wear pants at all times.