Skip To Content

    17 Things That Are Legal But Feel Illegal When You're Doing Them

    I would love to see a student try calling their teacher by their first name.

    Redditor stillchill123 recently had the genius idea of asking Reddit users, "What is something perfectly legal that feels illegal?"

    Here are some of the best responses:

    1. "Taking many napkins from a cafe or restaurant and pocketing them to use as tissues."

    2. "Trying to lock-pick my own house because I can't find my key."

    3. "Going into a store to use the restroom without buying anything."

    4. "Calling a teacher by their first name."

    5. Opening a drink at the store and drinking it before you eventually pay for it at the register.

    6. "Taking more than one free sample."

    7. "Walking through 'nothing to declare' at the airport and having a nagging concern that just maybe you managed to pack 5 kilos of cocaine, a handgun, several tons of pest-infested fruit and 2,000 cigarettes over the tobacco limit."

    8. "Having something of yours in your pocket while in a store that also sells that thing."

    9. "Bringing home a newborn infant."

    10. "Filling out government forms. I answer honestly, but constantly feel like I'm going to misinterpret a question and somehow commit some manner of bureaucratic felony."

    11. "Driving when near a cop."

    12. "Ripping off a few bananas before you buy them from the grocery store if you don't want the whole bundle."

    13. "Reading all or most of a book in a bookstore and then putting it back on the shelf."

    14. "Walking into a beauty store and spraying some expensive cologne from the tester bottle before going to your interview."

    15. "Turning the light on inside the car when you're driving."

    16. "Buying alcohol for the first time when you turn 21 in the U.S."

    17. "When someone orders a pizza for a group and you take the last slice."