Luckily, despite the abundance of laws and rules covering almost every aspect of one’s life, we still have the freedom of choice, one of the most important basic rights in democratic societies. No one governs what one must eat for breakfast or when everyone must go to bed… yet? Well, hopefully, that will remain unchanged. Nevertheless, while some rules and regulations are necessary for society, some are rather peculiar and strangely specific.
Isn’t it funny how some rules take years to be applied while for others, it takes just one misdemeanor to put the regulation in place? Recently, one Redditor decided it would be fun to learn more about that. TheBlackTemplar125 turned to the Ask Reddit community and asked, “What rules were put in place because of you?” and thousands delivered.
Take a look at some of the most interesting replies and think about whether you’ve ever been a reason why a particular rule was implemented? Let us know!
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In middle school I would use sharpies to tattoo myself, other kids thought it was cool so I started charging $1 per drawing wherever they wanted. The principal found out and after I wouldn’t stop, she put a ban on sharpies for the entire school. even the teachers couldn’t bring them in. I’m a tattoo artist now.
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I put a croissant in one of those hotel toasters. It soon became engulfed in flames and needed extinguishing. Next day at breakfast they made a sign that said “if you’d like your croissant toasted, please ask a member of staff”
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Not a rule but a reminder to “please be respectful to our guest speakers”. I was on a Zoom call and I didn’t realize my cat unmuted me when he stepped on the keyboard. When the guy asked if there were any further questions I said aloud to myself “yeah, can we wrap this s**t up so we can all get on with our lives?”
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No sign language during silent lunch punishment
My lunch period was so loud we got put on silent lunch for over a month straight. I decided the only clear solution was to teach my entire table sign language so we could still talk without getting in trouble. Apparently, it was “unfair” to the kids who didn’t know how to sign, so we had to stop.
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Back in the day a radio station had a weekly trivia contest. The prize was a free pizza and movie rental.
Somehow my mom figured out which book they were using for the trivia questions. She bought it and memorized all the answers.
Each week we would call in immediately. Sometimes we were the first but even if we weren’t it didn’t matter because other people were usually just guessing. We won almost every time.
Even though we changed up who would actually make the call they eventually figured out we were all from the same household. So they made it a rule you couldn’t win if your family had already won in the last month or whatever.
Up till then, we enjoyed a lot of free pizzas.
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School dress code. Girls must wear skirts. We lived in the country. Kids had to walk a half mile on a dirt road to catch the bus. Told the school that in cold weather my girls would wear warm clothing including pants. They changed the dress code.
High school wouldn’t let my daughter take auto shop. I talked to the school. They let her in and the following year auto shop was open to all.
These incidents occurred in the 1960’s
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I went to an all-boys school, and apparently, this never came up until me and my emo friends rocked up in black eyeliner and lipstick.
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Back in the 1980s, we were allowed to pick our own high school classes. My freshman year I picked two gym classes back to back and the school said no one has ever done that before. Only one gym class was allowed to be scheduled after that. I’m kind of a legend.
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Local amusement park added a “no blindfolds on rollercoasters” rule because of me.
When I was in middle school, my friend and I thought it would enhance the overall experience if we blindfolded ourselves on the biggest roller coaster at a local amusement park. We got one of those pictures they take on the ride and there we are, blindfolded in the middle of a tunnel, having the time of our lives. Looking back, we easily could have strangled ourselves or worse because we literally just used scarves tied around our heads. Next year we went back to the same roller coaster and they had added a “no blindfolds or loose accessories” to the list of rules before the ride.
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As a kindergartner, I once fell asleep on the bus. When I woke up the bus was in the garage and I had to yell to get someone to get me out.
So to this day, every bus driver in my school district needs to walk to the back of the bus and check every seat before they park the bus.
Seems like a good rule to have.
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My high school biology teacher added “briefly” to all of the essay questions on his tests and quizzes because, if I was bored, I would write unnecessarily long answers in really small handwriting just to take up time.
He pointed out the word “briefly” when handing out a test and said to me, “I added that for you.” So I made my next answer even longer out of spite.
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Military school I went to. After me, an adult is required to check the parade cannon to ensure it is clear, and closely monitor the students as they load it.
There is to never be another flaming rubber chicken flying over the parade grounds ever again. Circa 1989.
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My junior high made a rule against yo-yos in class after I tried to do a trick and my yo-yo flew across the room and broke a glass beaker set. I’m sorry, guys.
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In history class in high school, there was about 10 of us really close friends. We would take every opportunity to make “your mom” jokes. A couple months into class the teacher made us sign a “treaty” promising to stop making fun of each other’s moms. We signed it, and started making fun of each other’s dads.
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The valedictorian speech at my high school now needs to be reviewed by the principle before the ceremony for content and length.
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Local jobcenter no longer has working USB ports on public PCs because I found private files on multiple PCs with far too much private information about strangers.
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You can no longer skip to the end of training videos at Wendy’s.
I completed about 10 hours of this training when it was implemented, after I’d already been working there a year, in about 45 minutes.
Open, skip, skip, skip, skip, do test, rinse and repeat. I was quite proud of my “estimated time 45 minutes, time to completion 2 minutes”.
My store which is a franchise location, got a call from corporate like an hour later. I didn’t have to redo any of it though.
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Well, I doubt they’re teaching the class these days. But when I took “Advanced Programming Techniques Using FORTRAN”, our professor added a line to all our projects stating that all programs had to be written in FORTRAN and only in FORTRAN.
When a student asked why he’d added that, he told the class to ask me. I just grinned. I still got a perfect score on the one where I had a FORTRAN shell call an assembler subroutine which did 99.99% of the work. Heh.
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I got our HR box taken away at work because the HR lady threatened not to pay us if we missed a clock in or clock out (in our defense the phones didn’t always work and the clock in system was really unreliable) and I printed out the law stating that was illegal, highlighted it, and put it in her box when no one was around.
She threw an unholy fit and tried to figure out who put it in her box, and from them on everything had to be handed in personally lol.
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My older brother got a curfew enforced at Boy Scout camp when one of the leaders noticed him walking around the area in the daytime with his eyes closed, counting steps. He may have just been practicing being blind, but the adults assumed he was figuring out how to get around at night without lights so he could get into some kind of mischief. Which, knowing my brother, was also possible.
PS: If you’re one of those people saying “BUT BUT BUT”, you’re not thinking like an 11-year-old.