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Weird Laws and Halloween

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With as many laws as there are in the state and federal governments, there are bound to be some weird ones out there. Just about every state in the country has its fair share of laws that make no sense to a sane person. Many of these laws make you wonder how they became laws in the first place.

  • It is illegal to wear masks in public in Alabama. Halloween must be a lot of fun here.
  • Any misdemeanor committed in Arizona while wearing a red mask becomes a felony. Be extra careful of committing crimes on Halloween if you are in Arizona.
  • R rated movies cannot be shown at drive-in theaters in Delaware. The real trick here, would be finding a drive-in theater.
  • Men may not be seen in public in any kind of strapless gown in Florida. This eliminates some costume ideas for some men.
  • Se offenders in Illinois are prohibited from participating in holiday events like handing out candy on Halloween, except under specific circumstances. This one makes sense, except for the specific circumstances part.
  • Candy cannot contain more than 1% of alcohol in Massachusetts. Some states believe that no candy that is given to trick-or-treaters should have alcohol in it.
  • In Montana, it is a misdemeanor to show movies that depict felonious crimes. Guess that means no scary movies with any murder in them.
  • It is illegal to congregate in public in New York when 2 or more people are wearing a mask or any other sort of face covering that disguises the person’s identity. Be sure to plan any group costumes accordingly.
  • Organizations in North Carolina may not hold meetings while their members are in costumes. Guess that means no company Halloween parties.
  • Children are not allowed to go trick-or-treating on Halloween in Virginia. Well, there goes all of the fun for this holiday.
  • All lollipops are banned in Washington. You’ll have to find another candy to give out on Halloween.

It is interesting how many weird laws there are out there that affect Halloween. Breaking some of these laws might not get you into trouble, while other probably should. However that is up to local law enforcement to decide if they want to arrest someone for giving lollipops to trick-or-treaters.

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Scary Legends of California: Alcatraz

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Probably one of the more famous haunted places in all of California is Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. The island has served as a military fortification, military prison, and as a federal prison. The place has been associated with suffering and death for a long time, and that association has left an imprint on the minds of those who visit the island.

Long before the island was built upon, Native Americans feared the island. They believed that evil spirits resided there, and that the island itself held a portal to another realm. The local tribes would send people there as punishment for breaking tribal laws.

Around 1850, Alcatraz Island was acquired by the US government, and turned into a military fort. Soon enough, starting in the 1860s, the fort slowly became more of a military prison. It housed hundreds of inmates from both the Civil War, and the Mexican-American War. Construction on the concrete cellblock, which is the main feature on the island, started in 1909 and was completed 3 years later. In 1934, Alcatraz became a federal prison. It remained in operation for 29 years. The island is now a Nation Historic Landmark, and is quite the tourist destination.

Park rangers who live on the island have heard and seen things that cannot be explained. One of the worst places is the main cell block, and the dungeon beneath it. They say the air within this building is often cold, and filled with the wails and screams of those who suffered on the island. Stories abound of ghosts of dead inmates walking the halls, or standing within their cells, still imprisoned to this day.

Worst of all, are the stories of a creature known only as The Thing. It is a dark, ghostly figure with glowing red eyes. The apparition haunts the cells of Alcatraz, and is rumored to have killed some of the inmates. One particular story tells of an inmate who was placed into solitary and began screaming that a creature with glowing red eyes was in his cell and attacking him. The man screamed late into the night, until the screaming eventually stopped. The next morning, the guards found him dead in his cell with hand prints around his throat. He had been strangled.


Many visitors to Alcatraz say that they have heard and seen the ghosts roaming the grounds of the island. Even those who do not believe in ghosts, have had their minds changed after a visit to the island that these restless spirits call home.


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The Brief History of Halloween

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October is here, and that means fun and frights for many people across California, and the country in general. Just about everyone celebrates Halloween in some shape or form, but not everyone knows how the holiday got its start.

It is believed that the holiday started out as the Celtic festival of Samhain, (pronounced sow-in). Samhain was an end of the year celebration for Celts over 2,000 years ago. For them, the New Year started at the end of summer and after the harvest of their crops. This was a time to celebrate what they had accomplished for the year, and to remember all of those who came before.

The cold, dark winter months were often associated with the ideals of death. The Celts believed that on the night of the New Year, which for them was October 31st, the spirit world was at its closest to the living world. For them, this was the perfect opportunity pay their respects to their ancestors, and even possibly gain insight into their futures.

The people would celebrate by creating large bonfires, and burning offerings for the spirits of the deceased and their deities. These offering would typically by some of their harvest, or even animals. The people would also dress in costumes, typically those resembling animals. At the end of the celebration, the people would use these sacred bonfires to light the fires in their hearths to help protect them through the coming winter.

Over the next few centuries, the celebration was adopted and molded to fit other holidays. This was first done by the Romans, who used the celebration to remember their own dead, and to honor one of their own gods. The celebration was later adopted by the Western church to remember and honor martyrs and saints of the church. This made it a part of All Saints Day, which was celebrated on November 1st. All Saints Day was also referred to as All-hallows, and the day before it as All-hallows Eve. This eventually lead to the 31st of October being called Halloween

The Holiday eventually made it to America, where it was used by communities to celebrate the year’s harvest, share the stories of deceased relatives. Soon, the practice of telling these stories turned into telling ghost stories. The sharp increase of Irish immigrants seeking refuge from Ireland’s potato famine in 1846 helped spread the practice of Halloween across the country. It also helped reintroduce the idea of dressing up for Halloween and create the practice of trick or treating.


By the 1950’s, Halloween had become a kid oriented holiday with lots of parties where people could get together and have fun. Trick or treating proofed to be a cheap and easy way for people to participate in the holiday. This is what led to Halloween being celebrated the way it is today.


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Serving California for 30 Years

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One of the most important facts that we have learned at Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino over the last 30 years, is that a person can be arrested at any time. An arrest can occur at 4 in the afternoon, or 1 in the morning. No matter when it happens, it will never be convenient for you. It will interrupt your schedule, and stress you out as you try to find a way to help.

Luckily for you, Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino is here to assist you. We have been helping Californians with bail bonds since 1987. One of the more important ways that we help our clients, is simply by being there for them. Our clients can get ahold of us whenever they need us. We have agents working at 4 in the afternoon, and 1 in the morning.

As soon as you find out that one of your friends or family members has been arrested, you can talk to one of our professional bail agents. While not all of our agents have been with us since the beginning, they are still experts. Not only do they have years of training behind them, they also have the rest of the Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino family backing them up. You can trust that your bail agent will always know the best way to help you in your situation.

When you come to Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino for help, you get nothing short of the best bail help in California. Our agents will be with you from the beginning, and they will be there with an answer any time you have a question. That is what being in the business for 30 years has helped us achieve. We are able to provide our clients with the best bail service around, at the exact moment that they need it.


No matter the time, you can talk to a bail agent right now by clicking Chat With Us or by calling 866-736-6977.


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Why Accept Hidden Fees?

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When you purchase something, you know, from the get go, exactly how much you will be paying for that thing. You would never buy anything if you knew that the person selling it to you might surprise with an extra fee. If you wouldn’t accept that kind of treatment with regular purchases, why would you be okay with it when getting a bail bond?

There are many of our competitors out there that love to surprise their clients with hidden fees. They do this as a way to get extra money out of their clients, money that the clients did not know they would need to pay. The problem with these fess is, that once the clients learn about them, it is often too late to do anything other than pay, or else their loved one will be taken back into custody.

This is why bad bail bond companies love hidden fees so much. They hide the fees in the contract that their client signs. By signing the contract, the client has agreed to all of its terms, including the fees that are hidden within. Due to this fact, the clients are trapped. Refusing to pay the fees will result in their loved one’s bail being revoked, and the person being taken back into custody.

This is why it is important to always read contracts before signing them, and why it is best to bail someone out of jail with Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino. Here at Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino, we never surprise our clients with hidden fees. We despise the practice. We prefer to tell our clients the exact price of the bail bond, and how much they will need to pay. We never try to make more money of them.


You can talk to a bail agent, and find out how much your loved one’s bail will cost, by calling 866-736-6977 or clicking Chat With Us now.


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Bail Is Easy with the Right Bail Agent

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If you were to ask people if they thought bailing someone out of jail would be easy or hard, most would probably think it would be hard. However, most people have never had to bail someone out of jail, and are just guessing at the difficulty of the task. Those who have had to bail someone out of jail, and have used the right bail bond company, know that bailing someone out of jail is actually incredibly easy.

Finding the right bail bond company can make the entire bail bond process easy. With a good company, your bail agent will do 3 things.

    1. Your agent will do all of the hard work for you.
    2. Your agent will be there for you whenever you have questions.
    3. You agent will get your loved one out of jail quickly.

If you have a bail agent that does all of these things, then you will see how simple it is to bail a friend or family member out of jail.

Luckily, finding a good bail agent is easy. All you need to do is contact Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino. We have some of the best bail agents in the entire state of California. This is thanks to the constant training they receive, and the support they get from our experts who have been in the business for the last 30 years.

Here at Penny Bail Bonds in San Bernardino, our agents will do everything for you. They will answer all of your questions and do all of the hard work for you. We can even get your loved one out of jail in just a few hours. Our agents are available around the clock to offer there assistance to anyone who might need it most.


You can talk to a great bail agent, and learn how simple the bail process is, by calling 866-736-6977 or by clicking Chat With Us now.


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Are You Ready for the Next Big One?

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As Californians, we are always on the lookout for the next big earthquake. The San Andreas Fault runs along the entire length of the state, making California highly susceptible to earthquakes. In fact, California has around 10,000 earthquakes a year.

Since our state is so prone to shaking, it is important for all of us to be prepared for the next big quake. Here are some tips to help keep you ready for the next big earthquake:

  • Have an earthquake plan ready. This way, you will have a better idea of how to react when an earthquake happens.
  • Make sure large objects like bookcases or china hutches are bolted to studs in the wall so they cannot fall over during a quake.
  • Locate a spot in every room of your house where you can find shelter during a quake. This means a place where nothing can fall on you.
  • Have a supply of 3 gallons of water per person, canned food, an up-to-date first aid kit, and flashlights in an accessible place.
  • Know how to shut off your gas and water mains.

Following these tips can help you in the aftermath of a big earthquake. As Californians, we have all studied the history our state has with earthquakes. We know how bad they can be, which is why it is so important to be prepared for the next big quake.


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Neighbors Partying Too Much?

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Do you have neighbors who love to party and create a lot of noise late at night, or even into the morning hours? If so, they have probably awoken you, or prevented you, from sleep on numerous occasions.

If you are like most people, you like being able to sleep so that you will have enough energy to face the day tomorrow. This means these noisy neighbors are preventing you from efficiently handling your days. If that is indeed the case, you probably want them to stop with all of the racket.

Your first step to handling this problem, should be to politely confront your neighbors. Let them know that they are making quite a bit of noise and that it is keeping you awake. Be sure to be nice and not be rude or mean to them, doing so could make the situation worse. There is a chance that your neighbors did not know they were being too loud and they might keep it down.

If you have tried talking to your neighbors, but that has not solved the problem, talk to your local authorities. Most cities have noise ordinances that make it illegal to create too much noise during normal sleeping hours.


If this is what is happening with your partying neighbors, then local law enforcement will come and shut their party down. Then you will be able to get a good night’s rest.


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Do Not Believe Everything You Read Online

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You always hear that you should not believe everything you see online, and unfortunately, it still needs to be said. You can still find stories online of people who were scammed or cheated out of money.

This can happen quite often on websites such as Craigslist and Amazon were goods and services are sold and exchanged. People will advertise that they are selling one thing, but then fail to deliver on that promise. When a buyer gets their product, if they do actually get their product, they find out that what was sent did not match what was pictured.

This is why most sites have introduced review systems. This allows clients to leave a warning to any future clients. The reviews also help prospective clients determine if they want to buy anything from that seller. This is why, you should always look at the product and seller reviews before making a purchase online. Doing so can prevent you from wasting your money.

Another thing to be wary of online, is whether or not a statement or claim is true. An example of this would be when you can routinely find celebrity death hoaxes circulating different social media sites. A good way to fact check stories that you read online, is to first make sure that you are getting the information from a credible source. Next, you can check the information on Snopes.com. This is a fact checking site that looks into stories that come from less than credible sources.


The internet has a lot of information to offer, but not all of it is real. Learn to figure out what you can and cannot trust online, and you will be able to better protect yourself from all sorts of internet scams.


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The Dangers of Dares

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We all know what dares are, and how they can are often used to challenge our friends and family members. Often times, adults use dares in a joking manner. We do this by daring a friend to talk to a romantic interest, or say something to their boss at work. However, even though we have dared that person, we do not actually expect him or her to go through with the dare because we, as adults, understand the consequences.

Unfortunately, kids pick up on what the adults around them do, and that often includes dares. However, while they understand the concept of a dare, they do not always understand the joking nature behind it. They can take dares seriously, and do not fully comprehend the consequences for following through with the dare. All they want to do is uphold their reputation.


This can cause kids to get into bad, or even dangerous, situations.


As a parent, it is important to talk to your kids and teach them about dares and how dangerous they can be. Make sure your children understand that dares should not be taken seriously, especially if it involves doing something dangerous. Let them know it is okay to ignore a dare.

It is also important to let your child know that he or she can always come and talk to you about these sorts of things. Show them that you are always willing to listen to them. You can even use talks about dares as teaching moments. Verbally walk through the dare with them, and show them the factors and consequences that they might have overlooked. This can help them get better at risk assessment, and teach them how to handle this sort of thing on their own.

As a parent, you just want to keep your child safe, and one of the ways you can do that is by teaching him or her about the dangers that dares can possess. By doing so, you can keep your child from inadvertently harming him or herself.