Societies are built on the balance between right and wrong. Cliché as it may be, we all need something more than our personal moral compass to guide us along. After all, we all have different perceptions, but the law—outright and clear—allows us to navigate society.

Every child is taught what's fundamentally good and what isn't. But what happens when people start looking for loopholes? Well, people on Reddit raised an interesting question about what should be considered illegal from their point of view, even if the thing or action is not explicitly forbidden by the law. 

People jumped at the chance to criticize anything from laws to societal structures; children's beauty pageants didn't escape without scathing comments thrown their way and the governmental ruling sparked more than one discussion. Someone even raised a very valid question about Naboo's blockade (if you know, you know).

The Reddit thread, started by user Musuhubber, caught the attention of more than 68K redditors, with 36K comments. And the issues that are being discussed are quite valid or, at the very least, the thread is a good place to vent after your day was disturbed by an unasked-for solicitor.

#1

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit In the US, people going bankrupt and losing their homes over medical bills.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh yes, and the people defending the healthcare system that's great when you're either healthy or rich.

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#2

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit Dog ear cropping and cat declawing edit I'm in the USA and a registered veterinary nurse. It's brutal

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Stephanie Did It
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1 month ago

Tail cropping as well. It changes the dog's balance forever.

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#3

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit Child marriage

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Helen Haley
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1 month ago

Yup. No marriage under 18 for any reason.

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#4

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit Congress members being able to trade stocks at the same time they are receiving intelligence and passing laws that could effect the performance of said stocks.

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Patti Brock
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1 month ago

this should be higher

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#5

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit Child beauty pageants

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ProfessionalTimeWaster
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1 month ago

Children competing on TV should be banned. Children working on TV/movies with remotely R-rated content should be banned.

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#6

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit Wages for fulltime jobs that don't even cover basic living costs.

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Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

in Norway no salaries are a secret and you can also look up other peoples tax returns

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#7

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit The size of the "x" button on pop-up ads

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Juan Hernandez
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1 month ago

wait theirs a x button

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#8

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit Marital rape and "honor killings" in countries like the one I live in (generally the middle east). Most of that stuff is in the process of being banned now (thank God)

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ProfessionalTimeWaster
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Many 'peaceful religion' countries put even homosexuals and apostates to death.

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Community Member
1 month ago

And some Muslim denominations still practice slavery. (SOME, not all, so please read what I said before bashing this.)

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Mer☕️🧭☕️
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1 month ago

"Religion" seems to be an excuse for all kinds of abuse.

Catlady6000
Community Member
1 month ago

That's because it's really a form of blame shifting, "It's not my fault, God told me too" thus absolving themselves of responsibility, and giving themselves permission to be heinous, at least in their own mind.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Sadly not being banned quick enough.

Diane Patrick
Community Member
1 month ago

This happens n India A lot.

ProfessionalTimeWaster
Community Member
1 month ago

This happens everywhere. Just that it's given different name.

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AlmightyOne
Community Member
1 month ago

Can someone explain to me what these are?

Potatogamers2
Community Member
1 month ago

Marital rape means that if you are married, your partner can rape you without consequences..so basically it won't be rape..

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El Dee
Community Member
1 month ago

Marital Rape was only outlawed in England in 2003..

Stimpy
Community Member
1 month ago

Isn't marital rape technically still not illegal in some us states? In Germany it actually wasn't until a very depressingly short time ago...

Mark Kelly
Community Member
1 month ago

Glad I live in Canada.

Gabriel Sbárbaro
Community Member
1 month ago

Ironic that you say "thank God" when all that kind of practices are religion based... you want to end that kind of thing? Start by ditching out the ridiculous notions of gods...

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
1 month ago

Well thank god it's getting banned.

Dana Grubich
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s taken far to long to ban these horrendous practices

panda_legerdemain
Community Member
1 month ago

Though illegal, its practiced in my country

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

It will never be wiped out completely as too many men do not want to lose their 'power'.Many still live in archaic conditions.

Melvin Dragvelk
Community Member
1 month ago

Sorry, no. You must live by the laws of your land. You are open to get those laws changed or move.

Jonathan
Community Member
1 month ago

Scary thing is how much it happens in the 'first world.' The UK is rife with it. Check out 'When Missing Turns To Murder' on Amazon, there's a heartbreaking episode about an honour killing in England (it's a fantastic series for true crime lovers)

Rosie Hamilton
Community Member
1 month ago

It's not 'rife' with it. There are groups where they do this kind of thing in many countries - it's a problem within that religion, not a country.

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J. F.
Community Member
1 month ago

Sadly a rising trend in european countries, too

BabaBizzle
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1 month ago

Sickening and shockingly legal in so many backwards countries under the guise of “religion”.

Eric Steward
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1 month ago

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Why are you so Islamaphobic. Every SJW in the US and Europe knows that middle eastern countries are remarkably peaceful and have absolutely the best track record in their treatment of women and give them the utmost freedoms and respect in regards to their bodies and life choices.

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 month ago

Because you guys treat middle eastern people like we’re all just backwards Muslims without even knowing our rates of atheism are much higher than yours anyway. You can’t separate ethnicity from religion the way you do for everyone else. Basically white people aren’t responsible enough to discuss the issues of race or religion because you always pull that dumb shït.

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#9

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit Sweatshop labor outsourced by tech and Fortune 500 companies. It’s essentially contemporary slavery we collectively allow.

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ProfessionalTimeWaster
Community Member
1 month ago

Ricky Gervais put it perfectly - Apple product manufacturing outsourced company's 18 employees (Foxconn) committed suicide. Apple makes products which are heavily marked up. It's a trillion dollar company. Yet sanctimonious celebs have no problem working for Apple TV. People have more problem with Amazon than they do with Apple!

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#10

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit Not the worst thing, but it used to be illegal for commercials on TV to be louder than the actual show but not any longer suddenly.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

In the US you have to report those commercials yourself to the FCC. The Calm-act is in effect, but enforcement is dependent on the viewers who report the loud commercials. https://www.thoughtco.com/filing-loud-tv-commercial-complaints-3974560

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#11

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit Selling textbooks at ridiculous prices.

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A.M. Pierre
Community Member
1 month ago

I would add "editing those textbooks in one or two little ways every year so that the students can't buy last year's used textbooks since they 'aren't the correct edition'"

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#12

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit Conversion therapy. "Hey, let's make children hate themselves so much that they'll either lie about who they are for the smallest crumbs of validation or just commit sucde! Either way that's one less gay to worry about!" Now excuse me as I go throw up.

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Helen Haley
Community Member
1 month ago

Conversion therapy is still legal? That's disgusting.

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#13

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit For profit prisons.

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Helen Haley
Community Member
1 month ago

YES!!! This is ridiculous!

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#14

"We've investigated ourselves and decided we didn't do anything wrong".

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Or: We, as a respectable company, do not recognize ourselves in the accusations of racism, sexism and exploitation of employees.

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#15

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit A parent keeping their kid from the other parent when there’s no good reason to and leveraging the courts to do it.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

YES, YES, YES. Parents should NEVER use their child as a p**n in a custody game or lie and manipulate to get what they want. You have to be completely selfish to do things like that, only thinking of yourself and getting revenge and not what is right for the child and their needs/wants etc.

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#16

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit Impossibly hard to cancel subscriptions.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Most European countries have laws against this. In the Netherlands you must be able to unsubscribe as easily and in the same way as you subscribe. Companies that are failing to do so can expect hefty fines.

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#17

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit Unskippable Double ads

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Juan Hernandez
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1 month ago

the person that invented those is just evil

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#18

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit Being forced to fork up your personal data and access to EVERYTHING in your phone to use a stupid app that makes a picture of your dog sing. It should not be allowed at all

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

Who really needs this?

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#19

Putting unrelated crap into bills to sneak it into law. I know they're supposed to follow some kind rules related to germaneness, but they clearly don't, and clearly need actual laws with actual punishments for pulling this crap.

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Helen Haley
Community Member
1 month ago

Woo!

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#20

Being rude to someone who is just trying to do their job

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DexterDogTheLovey
Community Member
1 month ago

"Karens should be illegal" is what I get from this and I love it XD

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#21

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit College book prices and practices.

Change a few words in a math book, that'll be another $100 please.

Oh you realized that you can use the book from 10 years ago and succeed? Actually we require you get the new book.

Oh you realized you can get the book cheaper from a friend? Actually we're doing online books now and you need the personalized code. We change it every year even though there have been no breakthroughs in this subject!

Knowing the college struggle i have no f****** clue how this is allowed to exist. It should literally be illegal.

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ProfessionalTimeWaster
Community Member
1 month ago

Even pharma companies frequently add a supplement to a medicine, apply for patent and sell for an increased cost.

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#22

Big businesses lobbying politicians in order to get bills passed in their favor.

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D Schweitzer
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1 month ago

But then who will pay for CONgress?

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#23

No-knock warrants. We've seen time and time again where Law Enforcement has the wrong address and some innocent person ends up dead because of a logistical mistake.

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B-b-bird
Community Member
1 month ago

Scared crowd - obedient crowd. Unfortunately, no one cares about consequences/effects to single individuals.

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#24

The-Worst-Legal-Thing-Askreddit I'm just gonna have to say little girl's beauty pageants. It just doesnt sit right with me. And not only because of the fact it's creepy, but I feel like it's stressful on the kid and on their body image.

kitty-cult , Wikimedia Commons Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

And I think a lot of these girls end up with major mental problems when they grow older. I can't understand parents who are pushing and forcing their children to participate in these humiliating ratraces.

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#25

Being penalized for calling out sick from work. Edit. Even while the whole world is trying to survive this pandemic, we’re still dealing with this major issue by employers. I work in health care, and I feel like I get shamed by my managers and coworkers when you call out. Especially when you work night shift.

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A.M. Pierre
Community Member
1 month ago

I once got horribly HORRIBLY sick and was out for three days straight. I sounded like death warmed over and had a doctor's note, too. Boss says "I don't care, come in anyway." I came in. Boss hears me hacking up a lung. Boss says "You sound horrible, what are you doing here, you're going to get me sick, go home now!!!" I go home, start feeling better after a day or two, and want to come back. Boss says, "I don't believe you, you have to stay home another two days." This uses up my last remaining sick days. At the end of the year during my review, the boss says, "You used all your sick days. That is unacceptable. I should fire you right now." I can't imagine why I don't work for him anymore.

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#26

Robo Calls. Bothering someone with something THEY paid for

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D Schweitzer
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1 month ago

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Just start shooting up these call centers making sure to kill the owners. They'll stop.

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#27

Hearing a honking sound in a radio commercial

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Helen Haley
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1 month ago

Or sirens.

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#28

Our media driving a wedge between the populace to fuel division in order to satisfy ratings, purely for the purpose of entertainment and profit. Not facts.

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Robert Hebert
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1 month ago

Primary cause is gerrymandering... Mostly the Republican party... Non-representation is the result, with laws that benefit large corporations...

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#29

Socks: “Fits size 6-12”

Bulls***.

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Rose the Cook
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1 month ago

Or one size fits all. Who are these mythical "all?"

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#30

Exploitation of nature, to the level that hurts everyone.

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Seedy Vine
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1 month ago

Ecocide is actually beginning to be seen as the crime it is.

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#31

The troubled teen industry. Parents pay a company to kidnap kids while they're sleeping and send them off to "therapeutic" boarding schools where they are abused in every conceivable way. It's f******

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Nkotanyi
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1 month ago

Wit where do you live?

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#32

Caller ID Spoofing

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A.M. Pierre
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1 month ago

THIS!! I don't know why, but several shady scam companies have started using my cell phone number as one of their caller ID spoofs when spamming/harassing people. I get calls ALL THE TIME of people calling me and either saying, "I just got a call from this number, who is this?" or "Why do you keep calling me?!?!" Fortunately, so far they've all been understanding once I explain what's happening.

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#33

Marriage. Specifically a 14 y/o getting married to a 40 y/o with the parents constent. Thats just wrong

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Rose the Cook
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1 month ago

With the parents consent or being forced by the parents? I strongly doubt many 14 year olds find a man that age attractive. Either way it shouldn't be allowed.

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#34

Old legally blind folks driving cars!

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B-b-bird
Community Member
1 month ago

thats true, should be some sort of mandatory eyesight examination after certain age in order to keep a license. Had once from 80yo driver: "oops, sorry, but it's just a scratch, no big deal, you will repaint it for 20$" which actually costed insurance 700 bucks full door repaint and dent reparation. His vision wasn't even good enough to see what he did :))

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#35

Multi level Marketing

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B-b-bird
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1 month ago

Pyramid schemes are illegal but some companies are going around law well enough to get away. Multi level marketing is just another name for said activity. Same same but different. As someone once said: "know the law well and you can get away with anything"

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#36

Pay-day loan practices. Technically not illegal, but hella predatory.

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Robert Hebert
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1 month ago

Pay-day loans are userous, therefore illegal... Laws are not enforced...

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#37

Scam calls and solicitation calls. I swear they USED to be illegal at one point.

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Lyone Fein
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1 month ago

They were never illegal as far as I know.

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#38

Spice/K2/Synthetic Weed. This may have changed in the last few years but I found it embarrassing that our country locks up thousands for actual marijuana but allowed that s*** to be sold at every gas station and liquor store knowing damn good and well that it was hurting and killing people.

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Joanna
Community Member
1 month ago

THIS! I worked inpatient psych for years. People with cannabis-induced psychosis (yes, it's real, it can happen but it's not terribly common) get better. I have never seen anyone with K2-induced psychosis (much, much more common among K2 users) get better. It is far better to use the cannabis nature intended.

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#39

The fact car radio commercials are allowed to have police sirens or car crashes in them as a way to Get your attention

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

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And the fact that radio stations are allowed to play loud and aggressive music during rush hours. Let's face it: "Born to be wild" or "Speed king" is not what you want to hear when you're stuck in a traffic jam.

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#40

Groom your stepdaughter for over a decade, then when she's 18, divorce her mom and hook up with your stepdaughter.

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Helen Haley
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1 month ago

Eeew

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