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You know how they say a crime in punishable by "up to x years in prison or y dollars fine? Well I thought when a person was convicted they got to pick which one for their punishment

Cyberdemon
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Wish this one was mine... my girlfriend was working in a daycare, where they had of course talked in circle time before about not talking to strangers. When you think about it, to a child, "strangers" come across to be a pretty evil bunch.
Later in the year, a police officer came in as a guest speaker. He was asking the kids why they thought he had different parts of his uniform. When he asked why he had a gun, one kid immediately blurted out, "To shoot strangers!"

Pink
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When my husband was about seven, his mom brought him to camp and the teenage girl camp counselors told him that when he grew up, he was going to be a real "ladykiller". He was devastated. His mother couldnt understand why calls were being made to the house, that he really wanted to come home, and she later learned that he had been terrified by the notion that he was going to be a murderer when he grew up......

Elizabeth Brady
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In the US, pillows and mattresses have a tag on them that says :

UNDER PENALTY OF LAW THIS TAG IS NOT TO BE REMOVED EXCEPT BY THE CONSUMER.

I used to belive that it was illegal to ever remove the tag from mattresses and pillows. I thought that even if you bought it you still couldn't remove the tag or you would go to jail. ( I didn't now what a consumer was then)

Once the tag came off my pillow. I ran crying to my mom, terrified that I was going to be arrested. She calmed me down and explained that the tag only had to be left on when the pillow/mattress was being sold at the store.

Sharon
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I used to believe it was illegal to shop at Goodwill unless you were poor.

Aretia
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When I first saw somepne play Monopoly, I thought that if you landed on "Go to Jail" you would really have to go to jail.

Kdees
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I used to believe (and i admit i sometimes still do) that when you were away from your house for over an hour at night, when you came home the first person to use the toilet would be attacked by a burgler hiding behind the shower curtain who had been stealing from the house and had hid away in the bath when he heard people come home.

RW
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when i was about 8 my dad and i walked past a 'bill posters will be prosecuted' sign on the side of a building. i asked my dad who bill posters was and he told me that he was a gangster.

Lucy
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From the ages of 4-10 (I'm 10) I thought a "Cat Burgler" was a person who stole cats.

MarkoPolo5000
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I think it was because I watched to many movies, but i always though, for about a year, that someone had a sniper rifle aimed at my head. I only thought this late at night, when i whent up to my room and the windows were open. Because of this fear, I would roll around my room, keeping my head down, to stay alive.

Jordan Salisbury
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When I was little I pulled a tag off of a pillow, and when I read it had that "DO NOT REMOVE UNDER PENALTY OF LAW" warning on it. I hid in my room and cried because I thought I had done something terribly illegal and I was going to jail for it!!

Becca
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Whilst watching re-constructions of crimes on the the t.v. i could never fully grasp what sort of person would film an armed robbery, rape, murder etc rather than doing something to prevent it. I am not willing to say how long this moral dilema troubled but suffice to say i was enjoying a pint in a pub (leagally!) when i was given an explanation for their lack of morals!

Helllen
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I used to not get why anyone would plead guilty since wouldn't you just go to jail for sure then? (this was before I knew they would go easy on you if you plead guilty) I also thought parole and probation was the same thing

Lord Nagafen
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Until I was about 11 or 12 I thought that "prostitute" referred to a female criminal.

Anon
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When i used to see the sign 'shoplifters will be prosecuted' i thought that prosecuted was something like electrocuted and they were put to death!

simon
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When I was little my older brother told me it was illegal to wear gold and silver jewelry at the same time. I'm 14 and I still won't do it even though I know it's not true!

☼♥☼MEG!☼♥☼
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When i was a little girl, my mom worked nights at the hospital. I was always afraid of robbers breaking into my house at night. So, whenever it rained, I always felt safe, because what robber would be so stupid to steal stuff when it was raining? As soon as they would take it outside, the stuff would get wet and then they wouldn't be able to sell it....to this day, I still feel a little bit safer when it rains.

laura
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When I was little I thought people who stole somebody's wallet out of their pocket in public was a Pig Pocket. I figured that was because it was selfish and piggish to steal from other people!

Chad in Austin
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When I was young, to stop me and my sister playing with the electric windows in the car our mom told us it was illegal to open car windows on the freeway. I didn't realise this wasn't the case until I was 17 years old when taking a road trip with my buddies. Embarassing.

Nick C
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Because of how people use the word `aggravate', I thought that `aggravated assault' must be a lesser charge than other assault, because obviously it's worse to attack without provocation.

Anton Sherwood
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