Ajax, Ontario, Canada - This one blows away the competition for stupid.
by Miss Janet M. Forrester
(Ajax, Ontario, Canada)
Home of the worlds dumbest law!
Worlds Most Stupid Law is brought to you by the current Mayor and council with the exception of one member here in Ajax, Ontario, Canada
The worlds dumbest and most stupid law belongs to Ajax, Ontario, Canada. It has made the top ten dumbest laws on several sites on the internet. http://www.jimella.nildram.co.uk/laws02.htm
At first glance to anyone that is able bodied and healthy this law looks perfectly harmless. However, if you have ever had food poisoning, the flu, diarhea you may see where this law has gone wrong. What about babies having tummy upsets? Now think about those of us with medical issues such as GERD and Ulcerative Colitis that can cause us to vomit or lose control of our bowels, what about people with illeostomy bags that might accidently spill and you can see where this law becomes a problem.
If you are using a public restroom in Ajax you are in fact breaking this law and can receive a fine!
I complained about this issue and was given a lame story that this law is aimed at public drunkeness. I have several issues with this. There are already existing laws in place developed for dealing with public drunkeness that the police department already enforces, why are you making redundant laws? Looks like a cash grab to me! Secondly, what proof do you have that the individual that vomitted is in fact intoxicated? Is this proven through a blood test at the hospital by an actual medical professional before the person is fined? You can't tell me that oh you could smell the alcohol off them... people with diabtetes can smell like this on thier breath. Or hey, it was obvious because they were stumbling around. People like me that also have CP tend to look like they are stumbling around because of problems with our hips or spasticity in our legs. Are all your by law officers now medical school graduates all of a sudden? How much of my taxdollars are going into making it possible to enforce this rediculous law?
The specific line you are looking for is 4.7. - http://www.townofajax.com/AssetFactory.aspx?did=7884
So why am I complaining and worried when someone representing the town said it is aimed at public drunkenss. How about first asking me how I even found out about this obscene law in the first place. I walked my dog early in the morning, I regularly vomit but it's not even noticible as I haven't had breakfast and it's all bile. I have no control over this when it happens, I can't even walk. By the afternoon I got a phone call from a man representing himself as a by law enforcement officer for the town of Ajax letting me off with a stern warning never to do it again or I will receive a hefty fine! I immediately ran to my computer, absolutely flabbergasted to look for this law, it had to be a prank phone call by one of my friends I said to myself. Nope, I found it and it is real! A law exists in my town that is completely and unfairly aimed at the disabled and people with medical issues, screaming go ahead and abuse this power as there is no amendment to it explaining otherwise, if there was it should read:
"That this applies only to persons whome have been proven to in fact be intoxicated by a qualified medical proffessional and a blood test and not in fact a sick or disabled person, child or animal."
Instead all it says is: No person shall urinate, defecate or vomit on a Highway or in a Public Place.
Note that it says "No Person" that means anyone not just the drunks. If it was specifically for drunks it would say no drunk person. And again how are they going to proove the person is in fact drunk?
I wish I could remember the guy's name that called so I could call him back and give him my schedule for walking Tosh and what the best times to catch me vomitting are. I imagine I could have lots of fun with the media if I got my hands on a ticket for vomitting, I imagine lawyers would be calling me offering to help me sue. In case he does read this. You know where I live. Watch for me around 6:05 am, that's the best time to find me helplessly in the throws of an attack from GERD. That's your best chance to get me bud, you could just shove the ticket in my back pocket for me while I am throwing up on your shoes.