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After Tuesday, It’ll be Legal to be Annoying in Michigan’s Second-Largest City

Throw a tantrum. Photobomb and be a jerk. Talk about your diverticulitis and other maladies. It’s annoying to whine, but soon, legal in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids City Commission is set to strike down a city ordinance that prohibits willfully annoying another person because it's vague, archaic and unconstitutional, according to the city attorney. (Photo: Claudia Dewald/Getty Images)
The Grand Rapids City Commission is set to strike down a city ordinance that prohibits willfully annoying another person because it's vague, archaic and unconstitutional, according to the city attorney. (Photo: Claudia Dewald/Getty Images)

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laws prohibiting horseback riding on sidewalks and laws punishing failure to return a library book with jail time were rescinded, the Grand Rapids Press reports.

DISCUSS: What's the most, ahem, annoying law on your city's books? Tell us in the comments if you think it should be removed and why.

tagguy100 March 07, 2014 at 09:47 AM
law makers are annoying
Karon Mathews March 07, 2014 at 12:46 PM
Attorney Mish is a Utica High grad...
birminghammarge.blogspot.com March 07, 2014 at 01:45 PM
Yea! Now I'm legally annoying!! Thank You Legislature!........marge
birminghammarge.blogspot.com March 07, 2014 at 03:10 PM
Yea! Finally. I'm legal!...........marge
RON Ostrodamus April 01, 2014 at 04:54 AM
It depends on whose ox is being gored. Criminals find laws are annoying. Royal Oak is waking up ever so slowly and mostly too late to the fact that too many bars can be more than annoying as they push out other businesses by encouraging landlords to raise the rents and wait for another bar to rent. Add that crime increases in any bar district in any city.

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