Being a mayor in Italy has to be fun, now that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has upped the country’s ability to create laws to combat “anti-social behavior.” Take, for example, Mayor Luigi Bobbio of the resort town Castellammare di Stabia. He is doing away with miniskirts, low-cut jeans, sunbathing, swearing, and playing football in public spaces. Breaking any of the aforementioned rules could result in a fine of up to $696. Egads! So I guess he just guaranteed that no cast member of the “Jersey Shore” cast will ever set foot in his town?
According to the BBC, other mayors have used their new powers to nix sandcastles, kissing in cars, feeding stray cats, wooden clogs and using lawn mowers on weekends.
If I were calling the shots, I’d outlaw catcalling, mustaches, and scratching one’s fingernails against a chalkboard. Oh, and I’d make Green Apple the only flavor of Jolly Ranchers allowed in my jurisdiction. [BBC]