What’s the Smallest Crime You Can Commit? Here’s How People Responded.

I bet a lot of you have never thought about this question before, have you?

What’s the smallest crime you can commit?

The absolute tiniest, most minuscule offense out there?

Well, we’re about to get some answers!

Check out what AskReddit users had to say about this!

I’ll take that.

“When I was in high school, there was a gas station that used to sell beer to anyone, but they’d charge ridiculous prices.

Like $20 for a 12 pack of Bud light in the late ’90s. On my way out, I always would steal a bag of ice from their freezer box, which was outside the building.

I figured I’d more than paid for the ice with their upcharge, and if they saw me, they couldn’t call the police because then they’d have to explain selling beer to a 16 year old.”


“In Washington State, its a crime to use “drug paraphernalia” to process or prepare a controlled substance that is not yours.

So if you used a pill splitter to help your grandparent take their cancer medications, then there is an argument you’ve violated RCW 69.50.412.”

You’re playing with fire.

“I sometimes scan a chocolate croissant as a plain croissant at the self check out.

They are the same price so I’m not sure if it’s actually illegal.”


“In Germany, crossing the street in an angle other than exactly 90°.

It’s not directly a crime but punishable with a fine of 5€.”

How could they?

“See that ship over there?

They’re rebroadcasting major league baseball with implied oral consent not express written consent………or so the legend goes.”


“In the US, generally, laws against simple loitering are unenforceable.

To get around this, some cities have “loitering plus” laws that make it illegal to loiter with the intent to commit a crime.

However, a private business owner can ask you to leave if you’re loitering as long as it’s not for a discriminatory reason.”


“Checking “I acknowledge that I have read, understand, and agree to the terms and conditions” when you know d**n well you didn’t read it and never will.”

Look at you!

“Taking a piece of a plant from a store and growing a new plant from said plant clipping.”

Watch your step.


At least in California, the written law is very specific, and you basically have to be actively blocking traffic on a major road or highway to break it.

This doesn’t stop the police from using it as an excuse to harass and intimidate people, much like laws about “loitering” or “vagrancy”.”

Breakin’ the law.

“Pick up a bald eagle feather.


Illegal to possess any part of an American bald eagle.

So if you found an errant feather of one on the ground and simply pick it up, you have technically broken the law.”

Punk kid.

“When I was in 3rd grade, my best friend said, “wanna see me commit a crime?”

Then he threw a penny in the trash and said, “technically throwing currency away is illegal.”

So maybe that is the smallest crime.”


“Illegally accessing a website by just randomly picking a birthdate b/c I don’t want to waste time scrolling to the correct days.”

What do you think?

Sound off in the comments and let us know.

Thanks a lot!