If I had to speculate, I’d hazard that people just figure it must be true, so they say it like it’s a fact, to sound smart. 

Once I was using my phone to record someone in public in LA because I thought she might start a fight or something. She didn’t, but then when I put down the phone and she realized she was being recorded she started saying over and over “It’s illegal in the state of California to record a person.” 

It’s definitely…definitely not illegal in the World Capital of Filming People, to film people, but people don’t care to fact-check laws before spouting them, I guess.  

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