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Some bizarre rules and laws that can get you arrested in Europe

Every country have their own set of rules that often give us an insight into the culture of the country that made them.

Debanjali Moitra | Updated: 01 Aug 2018, 11:39:58

New Delhi: Every country have their own set of rules that often give us an insight into the culture of the country that made them. One such place is Europe which has some bizarre laws that if avoided would cost you much trouble. So if you’re visiting Europe anytime soon, keep these simple rules in mind that’ll help you enjoy your trip without any hassle.

Here are the craziest ways that can get you arrested in Europe:

Recycling on a Sunday

A strange reason for which you could end up with a hefty fine or even jail time, is if drop off your recycling at the local bins on Sunday in Switzerland. One such incident took place when the Zurich police caught a German woman depositing her recycling after a tip-off from a neighbour, and gave her an unenviable choice: pay a large fine or spend two nights in jail.

Wearing Flip Flops While Driving

Take an extra pair of shoes if you’re heading to the beach in Spain because driving while wearing flip flops is illegal. Not only this, driving in any backless or open-toed shoes, in high heels or barefoot is strictly forbidden.

Not Carrying a Portable Breathalyser

Another crazy law in France is if you do not carry a breathalyser along with you, you’d be fined. Assuming that if you were ever in the unfortunate situation of being stopped and breathalysed, the police might provide the breathalyser in question, then you are absolutely wrong and basically breaking a law. Every driver here is required by law to carry their own portable breathalyser in the car with them – tourists included.

Jumping the Queue

In London, jumping the queue is illegal. So if you are waiting in a long line and are in a hurry, there’s nothing much that you can do but wait (only if you don’t want to pay a heavy price). Don’t even try to jump the queue because then you will be breaking the law and putting yourself in trouble.

Feeding the Pigeons

In Venice, it is illegal to feed the pigeons. The Italian city banned feeding the birds in 2008, and anyone caught doing so could face up to $700 in fines.

Sightseeing in high heels

In Greece, you are bound to explore the country’s historical sights in flats, because high heels are banned at several ancient monuments. This law is made because of the serious damage the pointed footwear can do to preservation efforts.

These are some of the crazy rules that you need to follow while in Europe. Don’t get into trouble now that we’ve provided you with a heads-up!


First Published: 01 Aug 2018, 10:25:07

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