10 Big Things People Want Banned Immediately in the U.S.

By Chris Phelan

It doesn’t take much for something to become so universally despised that people want it banned. In the United States, Americans have a laundry list of things they believe should be banned immediately. In fact, these people recently met in an online discussion to reveal everything they think should be made illegal in the country. Do you agree?

1. Gaps in Bathroom Stalls

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Let’s be honest with ourselves: Whoever decided restroom stalls needed all those gaps was lazy at worst and a pervert at best. Who would say no to total privacy in a bathroom stall instead of going to the bathroom while wearily watching the two-inch-long gaps everywhere?

2. Dark Money Political Donations

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Unfortunately, Americans live in a time when legislation can be passed more easily if it’s attached to a sizeable donation. Many people are calling for more transparency on this issue.

“Politicians should be required to disclose the information of any of their donors who give more than $10,000, require shell companies spending money on elections to disclose their owners, and mandate that election ads list their sponsors’ major contributors,” explains one man. “Not only for election-related activity but also to campaigns to influence governmental decisions.”

3. Child Beauty Pageants

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It’s astonishing that child beauty pageants still exist. Entering your child into a beauty pageant is the easiest way to inflict severe trauma on yourself and your kid. While adult beauty pageants have their own issues, there is an inherent creepiness factor at play when children are involved.

4. Plastic Packaging

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Perhaps the United States can follow Europe’s lead in banning many single-use plastics and packaging. “The world did fine before we introduced plastic packaging; it was just less convenient in the short term,” says one man. “We are killing ourselves and our environment, and everyone is like, ‘whatever.'” We really should be thinking about the future!

5. The 24-Hour News Cycle

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Modern-day news is nothing more than talking heads loudly pushing a quasi-political agenda on an unsuspecting audience. One person suggests we ban the current practice and return to simpler times. “The 24-hour news cycle is just pundits and useless commentary with very little actual news,” explains one woman. “So, ban it and bring back the evening news hour.”

6. Social Media

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As one of the most addictive things on Earth, it’s no surprise that plenty of level-headed Americans want to ban social media. However, getting rid of social media is easier said than done — it would require millions of people to re-wire their brains and train themselves not to need it anymore. Plus, how would influencers make money? (That was sarcasm, gang.)

7. Gas Station Pump Advertisements

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Loud advertisements popping up on a screen while you pump your gas is a relatively new phenomenon, but that doesn’t mean people don’t want to ban it. Drivers are already spending their hard-earned money at the gas station and feel they should get a reprieve from more ads while they pump.

8. Spam Calls

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Is there any American who wouldn’t vote to ban spam and telemarketing calls? They’re a blight on society! “Just please, someone ban spam calls,” cries one woman. “I’m sick and tired of blocking numbers to no avail. It’s a cat and mouse game; no matter how many numbers I block — in fact, I’ve blocked an entire series of numbers — these stupid telecallers find a way to call and ask me to take a credit card/loan/insurance policy.”

9. Oversized Vehicles

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Nobody needs a gas-guzzling, bigger-than-a-house, $100,000 pickup truck that barely fits in a supermarket parking lot. Can we all agree these should be banned?

10. The 40-Hour Workweek

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Working all day, five days a week is an antiquated system that desperately needs overhauling. Countless Americans think the U.S. should follow the lead of other countries and move to a four-day, flexible workweek. As long as productivity doesn’t suffer, it sounds like a good idea for millions of workers. 

Source: Reddit.

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