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i used to believe that when i saw the signs "Speed Limit Radar Enforced" it meant that, at the police station there was a cop looking at a really big radar screen of the city, with blinking lights for each car and could tell which ones where speeding and would then use the radio to call someone out to stop you.

Bigdaddy
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When I was in elementary school, my mom would always complain about the large amount of cops on the roads at the end of the month. She always said that they were "getting their quota in"....I thought she was saying "quarter" and for the longest time I thought cops got paid a quarter for every person they pulled over.

Mary
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When I was about 6, I used to believe that Robocop is the best policeman in the world and that he's existing for real.

MC
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When I was about six years old, I noticed my dad was driving past a sign that said "Do not pass". I became very upset and was certain the police would arrest my dad because he passed the "Do not pass" sign.

Anon
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Years ago the little tagd attached to pillows, etc which said "Do not remove under penalty of law" did not include the words "except by consumer. When my older sister wanted my younger siblings and I to do something, the would coerce us by saying that is we didn't do what she wanted, she was going to rip the tag off a pillow and call the police and say we did it

Anon
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Until i was about 6, i used to believe that when the police gave you a ticket, it was a ticket to the movies!

mari
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When I was little and started crying hystericaly, my parents would tell me to stop or else the police would come.Because of this, I thought of the police as bad people and would be afraid when i saw one.

Tash
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When I was about 4 or 5, I was grocery shopping with my Mom, we were at the register putting the groceries on the "conveyor belt" and I noticed that my mom kept grouping the items she put up there in order, like all the frozen juices together, the tin can stuff in a group, the fruit together, the meat all together... I asked her why she was doing that and the CASHIER told me that if we DIDN'T group the foods together like that, the police would come and arrest us --- I believed her of course, and to this day I think about it EVERY SINGLE TIME I put my groceries up on the conveyor (with the items grouped PROPERLY, of course)!

Anon
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When I was four years old my aunt and uncle stayed at our house while my parents were 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 that he was going to take me to the police station and give me the electric chair. I couldn’t understand why my aunt thought that was funny. Nevertheless, for most of my early childhood I believed every police station had an electric chair.

JR
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As I constantly questioned authority when my parents told me that if I didn't buckle my seat belt in the car the police would write us a ticket.

I somehow came to believe that police officers had a device (which looked vaguely familiar to a gameboy) that they used to scan cars and it would tell them if a seat belt was unbuckled.

Until I was 9 I compulsively buckled all seat belts in the car, even when no one was sitting in that seat.

kay
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I used to believe that if you took the tags off of pillows, mattresses, etc. that you would go to jail!! Ha, ha, ha. The funny thing is, I still do...and I'm 48. My dad was a cop...do ya think that may have been part of it?

lanalove60
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When I was little I used to think the "Speed Limit" was called the "Speed Lemon" and if you drove too fast you would get pulled over and thrown in jail by a big glowing lemon shaped spaceship full of "police"- I also thought policemen were men with big lemon heads.. :p - I had an active imagination!

Brown
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When I first became familiar as a child with the phrase "calling the law", which actually meant calling the police. I got the idea that "the law" referred to one particular government official.

Anita
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When I was younger I would always put my seat belt on way before my mom would start the car. I thought the reason police officers had laptops in their cars was because they had a special software that could track cars with kids who didn't have their seatbelts on!

Lindsay
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I used to think that you were supposed to wear your seatbelt so that if a policeman pulled over the car and tried to take you out, he wouldn't be able to because you'd be strapped in.

Anon
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I used to believe that police men were evil people that loved to pull people over and send them to jail just for the heck of it. I think i got the idea from watching "cops" and I thought the theme song "bad boys" was referring to the fact that policemen are criminals. One time I was in the car and my mom got pulled over for speeding, I thought the cop was going to take us all to jail or shoot us with his gun!

ANON
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My parents used to say that the police were "giving someone directions" when they had a car pulled over on the side of the road. I wondered how the police knew that person needed directions until i was around 15 when I finally figured out that they were just kidding.

Anon
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When i was little, i was so scared of going to prison for some weird reason, that i wanted to become a policeman when i grew up, cuz you know, policemen never go to prison, they are the good guys, the ones that noone suspects, and that never do anything wrong (since they know the rules).

Jelly
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When I was young I was in the car with my Grandma and Great Grandma (her mother). To avoid confusion I asked if I could call one Grandma F and the other Grandma R (the initials of their last names). Well Grandma told me no because it was illegal and I believed her for years!

ajjelibean
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When i was little, I saw a sign in a store that said "shoplifters will be prosecuted."

I somehow got it into my little head that if you tried to steal your hands would be chopped off.

Kate
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