John Stossel finds Republican-run Florida has no sense of irony.
The Florida Department of Revenue has a law on the books requiring the owners of vending machines to post a notice that said law exists, or face a $250 fine.
That's the only thing the law requires, a notice that the owner is required by law to put up a notice he's required to post this notice. Even if he is in compliance with all other laws and regulations, failing to post the "this notice required by law" notice required by law means a $250 fine.
Citizens who report vending machine owners who fail to post the "this notice is required" notice can get cash rewards from the government.
So why enact a completely meaningless regulation?
Spokeswoman Renee Watters tells Stossel: "A vending machine operator that does not place the notice on the machine presumably is not in compliance with the other requirements such as registration and payment of the tax."
In other words, Florida lawmakers made up a completely meaningless law just to catch peaceful citizens breaking it so they can shake them down for cash.