“Everything that anyone ever posted to the Internet is true.”
Said no one, ever.
Yes, we all know inaccuracies litter the information superhighway. But one of the World Wide Web’s most inaccurate rumors about Bremerton is that it is against the law to shuck peanuts on city streets. We see it pop up on social media sites every few weeks, and it is proclaimed to be accurate on several websites pertaining to “dumb laws.”
Bottom line: There is no truth to it whatsoever.
After seeing it so many times, I decided to investigate the city’s code in an effort to determine its veracity.
Nothing there I could find.
I checked with Mark Koontz, Bremerton’s assistant city attorney, who agreed that there is just no such thing on the books.
“There’s no truth to that,” he said.
If you shuck your peanuts onto the city street, that could be considered littering, Koontz added.
But that would apply to anywhere with a littering code. And the websites are quite specific: you shall not shuck peanuts on the streets of our fine city.
Perhaps it had been a law in the past, only to be repealed?
I consulted Bill Broughton, prominent area lawyer and one time the city’s attorney in the 1980s. He’d never heard of such a thing.
“That’s a new one on me,” he said. “We did set a goal of repealing antiquated laws when I was there but I do not remember this one.”
I turned to Russell Warren, one of Bremerton’s sharpest minds when it comes to area history. He hadn’t heard of it either.
I even emailed some of the purveyors of websites which purport the law to be the truth.
I heard back from one — Andy Powell at dumblaws.com — who said he was looking into the source. Other web sites never responded.
So far, I have been unable to find a single source of the perceived law. My hope is to debunk it officially. So I humbly ask for your help, dear readers, on this journey.
I would love to hear from any of you who knows where it may have come from. Drop a line below, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the most intriguing parts of the mystery is the idea peanuts would be singled out as unlawful to shuck. Perhaps an odd vendetta against the bean by an anti-peanut former mayor?
Regardless, I stand firm in the belief the law is hogwash.