By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
This blog has discussed several examples of the criminalization of activities in the United States that would be considered by many to be either civil in nature or based upon manners or simple transgressions. Selling certain types of hot dogs could actually, according to state law, be considered not only violations of the Consumer Protection Act, but also Gross Misdemeanors.
Washington enacted the Sale of Kosher Food Products Act of 1985 which prohibits the use of the words “Kosher” or “Kosher Style” in selling foods that are not kosher according to state definition. A possible example of this could allegedly involve a national restaurant chain, Five Guys, which has franchises in several locations in Washington State. In Washington something as ordinary as serving a Kosher Style hot dog could be considered a crime.