Stop that. It’s annoying.
But soon, not illegal – in Grand Rapids, anyway.
Michigan’s second-largest city is poised to overturn a ban on annoying behavior, ABC News reports.
The law stating “no person shall willfully annoy another person” has been on the city books for 38 years, but City Attorney Catherine Mish has requested its removal, saying it’s vague, archaic and unconstitutional.
"An ordinance is vague if a person of ordinary intelligence can't differ its meaning," Mish told ABC News, "and annoyance is in the eye of the beholder.”
The Grand Rapids City Commission is expected to strike down the law at a meeting next Tuesday.
Mish has been scouring codes for other archaic – and perhaps annoying – laws. Last year, laws prohibiting horseback riding on sidewalks and laws punishing failure to return a library book with jail time were rescinded, the Grand Rapids Press reports.
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