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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!
I used to believe that when the cops "booked" you, they bashed you over the head with a huge rule book. I was terrified of police.
When I was in 6th or 7th grade, there were stop-sign shaped signs all over the school, that said, "STOP STDs!" None of us even knew what STDs were, but we just knew you'd get arrested for them...
When I was four years old my aunt and uncle stayed at our house while my parents went on a camping trip. One afternoon they were driving my cousin and I who were acting up in the back seat. My uncle turned his head around and told me if I didnít behave myself he was going to take me to the police station and give me the electric chair. I sat there thinking I couldnít understand why my aunt thought that was so funny. Nevertheless, for most of my early childhood I believed every police station had an electric chair
When I was young, my mom used to say she was gonna call the cops on me when I was bad. I really believed she would and I was so scared of policemen. When my sisters were young (I'm 9 years older than them) I said the same thing to them but I made it worse by saying they would go to prison and never see mom and dad again. They used to cry and the one would scream so much! I didn't realize at the time how mean it was... :P
i used to believe that a swat team was actually a squat team, because they squated down behind stuff and waited for the bad guys to run out of bullets.
When I was little, I believed that the road signs that said 'DO NO PASS' meant that we weren't supposed to pass that spot. I was always so scared that the cops would pull us over because we passed the sign.
When I was little my dad was a really bad driver and loved to speed and run red lights with me in the car. Once he told me that getting a ticket from the police was actually a ticket to disney world. This prompted me to encourage him to speed, and break other laws of the road until he eventually got a ticket for zig-zagging across the road. The cop told him he was irresponsible for doing this with a child in the car. Then I asked the officer for the ticket so that we could go to disney. He looked at my dad with disgust.
When I was younger I used to believe that "Don't Drink and Drive" meant do not drink and drive any beverage at all so I was very upset when I saw my dad drinking a soda on a road trip, took me a while to realize they meant alcohol.
I used to believe that taxis (with their rooftop lights) were a division of the Police, and I always scrambled to check that my seatbelt was on when one drove by.
as a kid I thought the police didn't have to follow the law and could do whatever they want.
When I was a kid I used to look out the side of the car trying to find the cops hiding in the bushes and trees because my mom told me that cops would hide so that you can't see them when they use the radar gun.
From the time I was about 6 until I was about 20 I believed that it was illegal to cut the tag off of a pillow and that as soon as I did the police would knock on the door in a matter of minutes to take me to jail
My mother never got her licence until recently, when I was a child I thought my mum didn't drive because it was illegal for women to drive. I used to say it's not fair I wish I could drive and my parents just thought I meant I wished I was old enough to drive so never set me straight. Sometimes if I did notice a woman driving I would think she would get arrested.
In elementary school, I sat in a presentation about drugs and alcohol. For the first time, I learned that sniffing markers was a form of inhalant. I had sniffed a marker before, and I secretly believed I was a hardcore drug addict and that it was only a matter of time before I spent my life in prison.
When I was younger I saw an ad on the TV warning against drinking and driving. For a while, I thought that "drink-driving" meant drinking alchohol while driving.
When I was really young, I used to believe that the Speed Limit was actually called the Speed Lemon and I just thought that there was a lemon in the road that you couldn't drive across.