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I used to believe a burglar was some kind of non-human creature, so I once filled up a bucket with water, sawdust, and some other ingredients, which the burglar would inevitably eat and die from if he broke into the house. (I must have imagined that burglars were kind of like rats, which would be drawn to an appropriate poison.)

Andres Cabezas
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I used to think that on Friday the 13th, the government would send Jason out to kill random people and I was afraid he'd come to my town someday

Jake
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I used to believe that thrift stores were where thief's came to sell all the goods they stole. I couldn't figure out why the police didn't just wait outside the store to catch the thief's.

thrift does not equal theft
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When I was young, I used to see "90 days, same as cash" on retail windows in my neighborhood. I thought that meant that if you had a choice of going to jail for 90 days, or paying cash for your purchase.

Nicole
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I thought for a long time that trespassing was actually "trustpassing" because you entered even though they didn't trust you to invite you in..

Catte
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I used to believe that the rain hitting my window was really bad guys trying to cut through the glass to get into my house.

Maya
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When i was younger somebody in primary school told me that their sister had been kidnapped in the night from her bed and all that they left in the bed was a brown paper bag with a face on it.I believed this untill i was about ten and would never sleep with the window open incase anybody climbed in,

kasia
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I used to believe that if you tried to buy something and then at the counter realised that you didn't have enough money you could go to jail.

Giggy
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I always used to believe that a robber would break into my house somehow and come into my room and steal all my stuffed animals. I had this one stuffed bear I got from my parents for Valentine's Day, and I was so scared that a robber would steal it from me. I seriously contemplated putting a sign around its neck that said "Please do not steal, very special to owner!" (Like that really would have stopped a robber who wanted the bear), but I never did because I guess I thought this would make the robber mad and he'd try to kill me, lol.

I really was crazy.
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I was confused between babysitters and kidnappers. I couldn't understand why people would rather have someone watch their kids who sits on them and hurts them than someone who makes them nap.

Anon
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I used to think that jay walking was only for people whos first name began with J, if your name was Alice, you would be A walking....

Johnny
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When I was four my preschool class walked down the street to the capitol building to visit the governor. Our governor was under suspicion of embezzlement at the time and apparently I had heard bits and pieces of what this entailed. I told my teacher to hold onto her purse tightly so he wouldn't steal it.

Sarah
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i used to belive that if you swore you would be arrested

kd
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When stores have a grand opening and put those huge spotlights out front and light up the sky with them - I used to think that this was how the police would look for & catch criminals that had gotten away by plane or helicopter. Somehow I did not find out that this was a promotional thing until.....adulthood. (Maybe there was something like this on Batman?)

Anon
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When I was about 8, I heard the term 'kerb crawling' on the news. Upon asking what it meant, my mum informed me it was when people were walking along a kerb, trying to break into the cars parked in the street. I held this belief for about 10 years after that!

anon
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I used to think the words Prosecute and Execute both meant the latter. Needless to say i didn't often tresspass as a child.

Nathan
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When I was five I thought I would go to jail because I ripped a dollar bill in half. I hid it behind my toy chest for the longest time.

Molly
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When I was younger there was a 50 year old man jailed for 60 years. I thought that if he died after 30 years, his body was kept in the cell for another 30 years.

Helen
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I used to believe that if my dad played the lottery and won, kidnappers would comeandd take me away for the ransom money. I told him to play bingo, he never did.

Scardey Cat
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When I was little and I heard rape mentioned on TV, I misheard and thought they were saying "rake." I assumed it must mean hitting somebody with a rake. I wondered why this crime would have its own name, and why people would get in so much trouble for it.

Not afraid of rakes anymore
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