Vagrancy, Loitering, and Just Standing Around
Minnesota is pretty strict on its vagrancy laws. The full text of law 609.725 states:
“Any of the following are vagrants and are guilty of a misdemeanor: 1) A person, with ability to work, who is without lawful means of support, does not seek employment, and is not under 18 years of age; or 2) A person found in or loitering near any structure, vehicle, or private grounds who is there without the consent of the owner and is unable to account for being there;
or 3) a prostitute who loiters on the streets or in a public place or in a place open to the public with the intent to solicit for immoral purposes; or 4) A person who derives support in whole or in part from begging or as a fortune teller or similar imposter.
Excuse me! It’s a little close-minded to assume that all fortune tellers are impostors. I mean, what if a fortune teller is, like, the junior fortune teller who works for a different fortune teller and it’s his or her JOB to be there, telling fortunes? Is that person guilty, or is just their fortune teller boss guilty?
And, what if a person is near a structure, vehicle, or private grounds without the owner’s consent, is NOT up to no good, but has amnesia and can’t account for why he or she is there? What if he or she is choking, and can’t say why he or she is there? What then, Minnesota? WHAT THEN?!?
And, for part one, does that mean that any 19-21 year old who still lives at home with the ‘rents, they are technically vagrant? Even if Mom and Dad let them live there rent free, and believe that it’s OK for Junior to play WOW for the next year or so while he “finds his true path?” Is it now a misdemeanor to be apathetic and jobless and not have any direction in life, save but to play WOW until your eyes fall out?
Thats..that’s pretty funny, actually.