People are just people, and our bodies do some gross and disgusting things sometimes. Most times, though, we're able to keep it private in a bathroom, or at least in the privacy of our own homes.

However, there's one specific, and disgusting act, that nearly every person does that is actually illegal in many places through Michigan. Turns out, in select cities, and many state-run facilities and on state property, it is illegal to spit in public.

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Communities like East Lansing, Scottville, and even Battle Creek, all have laws on the books that prohibit public spitting. Specifically, the law in Battle Creek says:

"No person shall spit on any sidewalk or on the floor or seat of any public carrier or on any floor, wall, seat, or equipment of any place of public assemblage."

Basically, if you spit in Battle Creek, and it doesn't hit grass, you're breaking the law.

Many other communities, such as Scottville and East Lansing, tie in public spitting with public urination and deification as well. Many of these laws come with a charge of public indecency and disorderly conduct.

And for those who think this law is outdated, and couldn't really be enforced, it is still officially on the books, and could carry a fine of up to $1,000 in Battle Creek. And it's not just police that can enforce the law. Battle Creek also gives specific powers to the Fire Chief, his designees, and all sworn law enforcement offers to enforce it.

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In addition, if your spittle happens to land on a person, it's even worse, and could be grounds for charges of battery - physical contact between two people. It doesn't have to involve a direct assault, but only the potential for imminent harm.

So the next time you've gotta "hawk a loogie" or feel the urge to expel a little extra saliva, keep in mind... the law is watching.

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