from the that-deaf-dumb-and-blind-kid-might-go-to-jail dept
While most of the world has grown out of this, apparently some of those laws are still on the books. Jay points us to the news that a guy who opened up a retro arcade/pinball museum and entertainment center in the small town of Beacon, NY has been forced to shut down because someone discovered this ancient law on the books banning pinball. While absolutely everyone admits that this is a dumb law, and they would be perfectly happy to have this shop open up, they're apparently still enforcing the law, and for some unclear reason, the city council is taking forever to repeal the law. In a video report on CNN no real reason is given for this delay, other than that these things take time.
Update: Someone in the comments helpfully provided the town mayor's response, claiming that the CNN report was misleading, and left out the fact that there were serious noise ordinance issues with the place, and that it had changed business models from one that was considered okay, to one that was not. The mayor also insists that he's done a bunch of things to try to make this right. However, others still find the use of such a law to be questionable.