Can any of you take a guess at what this child is doing wrong in this picture? Believe it or not a law is being violated in South Carolina. The law being broken in South Carolina is SECTION 63-19-2430.
This law prohibits minors under the age of 18 to play a pinball machine. As ridiculous as this sounds, when a person turns 18 in SC they are finally allowed to play pinball. Can you imagine being a 17 year old kid and a police officer approaching you at the local arcade. “Um kid, I am going to need some identification.” Come on. It might be more embarrassing for the officer to actually enforce that law, than a kid breaking a law for playing a game. Also, aren’t pinball machines played mostly by kids in the first place? I know I probably haven’t played pinball since middle school. Why not just go ahead and dispose of all pinball machines if children cannot play them.
Now obviously this is a dumb law. But in many ways I see this as an example of too much regulatory authority by the government. There are laws that many see as unjust or unfair which may call for lawmakers to rethink the amount of freedom given to citizens. Laws like the drinking age are widely disputed. Though the age is 21 years old, it honestly comes down to the parental control, not enforcement officials. It is really the decision of the responsible adults in these situations so may be the decision should be placed on the responsible adult in this situation. And if not the responsible adult, then the age for when a child becomes an adult needs to be more clearly detailed. One law establishes that at 18 a person can be charged criminally and has the right to vote. This is probably the most common age of adulthood but that same adult cannot make his/her own decision on alcohol consumption. The government may need to reevaluate many of these unjust or unfair laws to give back much of the freedom this country was built on.