A study has revealed that the average Brit commits an incredible 32 different ‘crimes’ every year – naughty.
Don’t get too outraged though, the majority of these include such ‘heinous’ acts as not paying for supermarket carrier bags, parking on the payment and pocketing incorrect change.
The study found two thirds of the population think a lot of these laws are completely unnecessary – although seven in ten admit they do feel guilty if they break them.
Commissioned to celebrate the airing of Better Call Saul on BT TV on Tuesdays at 9pm, the study of 2,000 UK adults also found 98 per cent consider themselves to be law abiding.
A BT TV spokesperson added:
Given Jimmy’s fast and loose approach to the law and to celebrate the network premiere of his show ‘Better Call Saul’ we wanted to look at the old and archaic laws he could cunningly take advantage of.
The research also shows there’s definitely a market need for his services as Brits are not as law-abiding as we might think… he might have just got here in time.
Other laws commonly broken include parking on double yellow lines, cycling on the pavement and throwing tree cuttings into their neighbour’s garden.
Perhaps most surprisingly, if you’ve ever had the hoover out after 1pm on a Sunday, you truly are a criminal and if you’ve stuck a stamp to a letter upside down, you better watch your back as you’ve committed treason.
Almost half of people said being caught doing something illegal would be enough to convince them not to do it again.
Here’s the top 10 ‘minor’ laws broken by Brits:
1. Drank alcohol under the age of 18
2. Sworn or gestured to other road users
3. Eaten or drank whilst driving
4. Vacuumed between 6pm & 8am on a weekday, or 1pm & 8am on a Saturday or Sunday
5. Parked partly on a pavement
6. Cycled on pavements
7. Speeding whilst driving
8. Pocketed change when given wrong amount
9. Beeped a horn for any reason other than alerting traffic
10. Been drunk on the street, in a pub or in a restaurant
By this measure, surely we’re all criminals…