MINNEAPOLIS -- Most of the sidewalks near Dinkytown are now covered in snow. But that doesn't erase the bad taste left in Myles Thomas' mouth.

"I was walking to get some pizza with some buddies," Thomas said.

The 21-year-old said he was getting over an illness and he spit as he was walking. He quickly learned that's illegal in Minneapolis.

Police officers driving by in Dinkytown cited him for spitting, which carries a hefty fine. According to the city ordinance if you spit on sidewalks, bus or public areas it's a $115 misdemeanor.

The law isn't unique to Minneapolis, St. Paul has a similar one too. Another ordinance states spitting on the floor or furnishing of a boat, canoe, building or walkway, is illegal too. If you're caught doing that it will also cost you $115.

Thomas calls the law "wacky" but he's sucking it up will pay the fine.

"For spitting I guess I'll just have to bring a bag or something and spit in a bag," he said.

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