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I used to believe that there was something called the grammar police and if you say a lot of things wrong(like saying axe instead of ask), the grammar police will come to your house and give you a ticket for bad grammar. I got scared and tried not to make a mistake while speaking!
I used to believe that, if you did ANYTHING which was not allowed (for instance, if you touched something at a shop which had a "do not touch" sign), the police come to get you, and you'd spend a long time in jail just because of that.
I'm from Spain, and here in my country we have a "Civil Guard" (which is a kind of police that takes part in militar-related stuff and mostly helps out people at the countryside), and there was also a Civil War, which took place a bit before WWII. As a kid, I used to mess up both terms (since they sound very similar in Spanish, too), and I used to think that the Civil War was just a time when the Civil Guard was so busy all the time.
When I was a little kid. I thought that police officers were a gang of mean people who bullied others.
When I was seven, I had the notion that if you cried too much, the social worker would come to your home and take you away from your family. They would put you in military school, I thought that all bad kids were sent there to do militial training.
when i was a kid i used to think you were supposed to call 911 on someone if they ran a red light
My speech wasn't the best, so when my dad said he was going to ground me, I thought he was saying "drown me" because that's how I said it. I told him it was illegal and he would be in big trouble if he did that. It was a long time before I figured out what getting grounded meant.
My Dad had a government job and he used to bring home these pens that were stamped "property of US Government".I felt a little odd using them but one day I broke my one and the military police were going to come and arrest me!I had the evidence in my closet and waited.Fortunately they were too busy with the war I thought and spared me.
I used to think that police officers were like fisherman. Due to the fact that my father always used the term "pulled over", I thought cops sat at the side of the road with a fishing pole and pointed out cars to each other asking each other their opinions about pulling over that car, "hey what about that green Toyota?" For years, I was so scared that they would want to pull over our car with their fishing rods.
When I was a child, I always wanted to grow up to be a policeman because I thought that policemen couldn't get arrested!
When I was little I used to believe that certain policemen would sit at computer screens and watch every car on the road. The screen would tell them if you were speeding, not wearing you seatbelt and any other illegal things. I believed it was the only way the police could be able to catch people.
When I was little, I thought that if a police officer's kid got in trouble at home, he/she would go to jail instead of getting spanked.
I thought the police didn't have to follow the law and could do whatever they want. My reasoning was they were the enforcers of the law so who would arrest them or whatever? I wondered why all the bad people didn't just become cops so they could do crimes with impunity.
When I was 4, when I didn't like a turn of events in a movie I was watching I thought I could call the police and report it and they would arrest the moviemaker or something for putting that event in! I would "call the police" using my toy phone whenever something I didn't like happened in a movie, then waited by the window watching for the cops. Once a cop actually did drive by my street after I did this, so I thought the police had finally responded to one of my reports!
I believed that if you cut off those tags on pillows that said it was illegal to cut off, the police would somehow know this and come to your house and arrest you.
When I was younger, I thought cops knew you didn't have a seatbelt on because the seatbelt light sent out a signal to their radio.
When my mom would buy pillows or lawn furniture, there would be a tag attached to it, saying "Do not remove, under penalty of law". I thought that if I tore it off, an alarm would go off at police headquarters, and they would come to my house and arrest me. One time I actually tore one off, then went to my room and sat on my bed, waiting for the police to show up.
I thought the law of gravity was an actual law passed by some government in the past and before that everything just floated around..
When I was in kindergarten I walked to and from school by myself and had to cross the street. I believed that the crossing guard (maybe a 6th grader -- I know, another era) had the power to arrest and jail jaywalkers. I spent a horrible afternoon waiting for the police to come get me.
I thought the reason the police had batons and tasers was in case they had to fight a criminal who was immune to bullets!