Is It Actually Illegal To Pick Tulips in Holland, MI
The Tulip Festival is one of the nation's largest celebrations- will you get arrested if you try to take home a souvenir?
Growing up in Holland, I've heard the local legends all my life but is it actually illegal to pick tulips? The Holland Sentinel went to the authorities for the answer:
It’s kind of this Holland lore that there’s a $50 fine for each tulip that is picked. I’m not sure where that came from.
-Capt. Rick Walters, Holland Police Department
"Technically," Sentinel staffer Meghan Schmidt speculates, "picking a tulip can be considered malicious destruction of property. So plucking one from city property or public right-of-way can be a 90-day misdemeanor criminal violation — if you’re caught."
So, despite what you may have heard from locals or Tulip Time visitors it may not actually be illegal to take home a tulip but it's probably not a good idea.
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