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When I was 6 we had a lot of overdue library books that we couldn't find because my sisters and I would leave them everywhere. That same year my class had taken a trip to the public library and the librarian told us that if we didn't return our books they would lock us in jail. She of course said it only to scare us into returning books, but I took it so literally that I refused to go to the library until my parents forced me into the building crying.

confused crazy-lizzy
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i used to think criminals were stupid for stealing money i thought if they were criminals why not steal instead of buy.

Damian
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When I was young I thought the IRA was like the IRS and that Ireland was overrun by irate tax collectors.

jhager
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I thought that "statutory rape" were meant to rape a statue.

Anon
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I understood the concept of "ex" as in ex-girlfriend, but not as in ex-con (convict). I did know what a "con artist" was so when I combined my limited knowledge of the two, I thought an ex-con was not someone who was recently paroled from prison, but someone who used to lie an awful lot.

Josh
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I used to beleieve (when VERY young; 12 actually!) that cat burglars stole cats!

Woody
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I thought 'No Drinking and Driving' meant no drinking of any kind while driving. I was shocked my father would break the law. He was drinking Soda...

Anon
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I used to believe that all 'bad people' (criminals) were short, unshaven and ugly and wore black-and-white striped shirts because that's how they were always pictured in storybooks. If only it were that obvious in real life!

queeneve
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I used to believe that when people said a criminal was going to "the slammer," that the slammer was some sort of machine that crushed people. So when Boss Hogg would state that he was going to put those Duke Boys in the slammer, I actually thought that he meant to execute them.

Anon
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I used to believe avidly in the idea of "if you can't see them, they can't see you." I had an irrational fear of burglars coming in through the windows of my room(which is on the second floor), so every night, I'd get all of my toy stuffed animals and make a fortress on my bed so that I couldn't see any windows and I was hidden. Then I started worrying that since my eyes were so far from my feet, that the burglars would see my feet and know i was there and kill me. To protect me then, I spent a pretty long time before I went to sleep every night trying to think as if my eyes were on my toes so that I couldn't be seen at all.

Shelley V
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I used to think that burgulars used to kill people if they ate burgers

angel
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We were going on a school trip to York in Year 3 and I spotted someone drinking coffee whilst driving. I shouted "THAT MAN'S DRINKING AND DRIVING!" at the top of my lungs.
Needless to say the teachers had a laugh but the kids didn't know what they were laughing at.

Natski
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I used to beleive (because he told me) that my Uncle Jack sneaked into Armley Prison, to see what it was like, stayed a couple of weeks, did'nt think much of it and sneaked back out again.

As far as i know my Uncle Jack never actual went to prison.

Mark Bennett
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When I was little I heard my mom talking about someone "being behind bars" which means they are in jail.. Well.. I thought that it meant that they hung around behind bars.. Like where you go to get drunk.. Yeah I wasn't very bright!

Michelle
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I used to believe criminals were all called Mr. Meaner by a judge if they were caught, because I kept hearing about people charged with misdemeanor crimes on the news.

Paul
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I was once coming home from the grocery store with my mom, and she asked me to hand her an apple juice. I was so scared. I thought my mom would get in trouble for "drinking and driving" so I flat out refused to give it to her for fear she would be arrested.

Jasmine
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I used to believe that getting mugged was having random people run up to you and hit you over the head with a mug.

Anon
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When I was a child, I was terrified by the "Trespassers will be Prosectuted" signs I saw. I accidentally read 'prosecuted' as 'persecuted'. I had learned in religion class that Jesus was persecuted, and I knew he had been killed, so unfortunately I believed they meant the same thing. Therefore, the signs meant that anyone who trespassed would be immediately killed. I was always terrified to set foot on private property for fear I would be shot.

Pineapple
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i used to believe "rape" was unauthorized twisting of a woman's breasts. It wasn't till I was 9 till I learned the truth.

Anon
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My sister thought the police would actually come arrest the whole family if we tore the 'do not remove' tags off pillows or matresses. You just DIDN'T DO THAT!

Bev
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