03.15.10 8 years ago 5 Comments

Michigan appparently hates people. It’s bad enough that they mismanaged their flagship industry gave way with the rest of the economy. But since this is Michigan, they somehow managed to pass a law that makes participating in any March Madness bracket illegal, punishable by a $1000 fine and up to 12 months in jail.

“It is illegal in Michigan to exchange money based on an event with an undetermined outcome,” said John Sellek, the Michigan Attorney General’s communication director. “But this office has not received a complaint on what are traditionally known as March Madness activities.”

Most companies don’t have a formal policy about office gambling, according to a January 2010 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The human resources professionals surveyed said employees were most likely to organize pools for the Super Bowl and the NCAA basketball tourney, but also used pools to bet on when a coworker was likely to give birth and the newborn’s weight and height. –FreeP, via Darren Rovell.

Oh, so they have a law, but they don’t enforce it. And that’s somehow better? At least the people running the government in Michigan still have jobs. They’d be doing well to get this silly statute off the books. And legalize prostitution. I still haven’t met a problem that a professional-grade beej can’t solve.

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