I am told that it’s bad business not to have something to listen to, when callers are put on phone hold. A few years back, I would regularly change our on-hold messages to apply that business advice. Then, for the message, I decided to periodically insert unusual state laws that are still in effect.
For instance, in one state, it is against the law to allow cows to stand around clothes while they are drying on a clothesline. Sometimes, I would pick up the waiting phone call and the caller would ask me to finish some information about those law on-hold messages.
When I read (article) that Rhode Island lawmakers have decided to strike down a 1989 law that made it a misdemeanor to knowlingly provide false information on the Internet, I wondered if it was a bit like the cow and clothesline law or something more serious.
One State Representative put it in context, “Lies may make you a scoundrel, cost you a relationship or get you fired, but they shouldn’t make you a criminal unless you’re trying to commit fraud or some other crime”. The legislators pointed to California as support to strike down the language, where actors regularly tell lies about their age, to help them get acting jobs.
The Rhode Island law still has a portion of the law in effect. It still is a felony to transmit false data for the purpose of “submitting a claim or payment”. What lawmakers specifically wanted to remove was the question of sending your boss an email to indicate that you can’t come to work because of sickness; Then, you sneak off to the mall for the 70% sale that is only on Tuesday.
I suspect that the online dating services were lobbying for this law to be eliminated. Now, photo-shopping that picture and trimming down the waistline is just considered a dating fib, and not a misdemeanor. Not many people are really being honest when they say “enjoys long walks in the park” either. Maybe online dating factors in a plus or minus twenty pounds for the profile pictures. At least now, Rhode Island says that selling the positive is just spin, not a misdemeanor.
For pic 0 day, I am including a picture from my mom: a Halloween “turkey costume”: