Have you ever been out in the woods and seen a purple fence post? If you have, you should probably stay away.
These fences are most often found in heavily wooded areas or back-country spots. They signify private property and are considered a visual "No Trespassing" sign.
The purple fence is meant to keep wanderers and hunters off private property, and are actually considered law in a lot of states.
"The reason the Texas legislature did that is they were trying to keep landowners from constantly having to replace signs. In Texas as we know, people like to take target practice at signs so they are having to replace them frequently," said Jonathan Kennedy.
These states include:
- North Carolina
There is an urban myth that by stepping past a purple fence, the owner of the property has the right to shoot you or otherwise harm you because it's private property. This is untrue, but owners are allowed to use certain measures to keep you off their property, especially if they think you pose imminent danger to their safety.
However, that doesn't mean you won't be subject to criminal or civil discipline in the states that view these fence posts as legitimate no-trespassing legislation.
Have you seen these fence posts around your area?