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my friend used to think a SWAT team was pest control.
I thought it was against the law to carry around a lot of money unless you were putting it in the bank.
My parents took me and my siblings, plus two friends, to a local Air Force Base. They have this really great playground--every child's dream. My mom, a retired Army gal, noticed that Colby, 9 years old, was wearing an "Old Navy" shirt. On a whim, she announced to Colby that he would be arrested for wearing a Navy shirt on an Air Force Base. "You see that we're not wearing Army shirts!" she exclaimed. Colby got scared and turned his shirt inside out. Everytime an Air Force officer would walk or drive by, he'd hide under the playground!
I thought if someone hadn't passed the Law of Gravity, we would all be floating around in space.
When I was in 1st grade police officers sometimes visited to talk about traffic safety, etc. I was afraid to talk without raising my hand because I thought that if I interrupt the police officer or annoy him, he will shoot me/ put me in jail.
For about a year when i was 12, after playing Half Life, i began to believe that the police were actual mechanized soldiers that would one day capture all the citezens of the Earth, drain the oceans, and then force us to do hard labor. After i stopped playing Halflife, i finally got rid of that phobia.
When I was about 3 or 4 years old my big sister told me that if I ever promised anyone something and didn't keep my promise the police would be after me and I would go to jail for the rest of my life. Let's just say I made very few promises and if I ever accidentally promised anyone anything it was never broken.
When my mom and her siblings were little, my grandpa used to warn them that they'd get, "a ticket" if they ever did something bad. He was a huge guy, but a gentle giant. Nevertheless, I don't think they ever dared find out what "a ticket" was.
I used to think that all judges had to wear those wigs.
My local branch library had the children's section on one side of the building and the adult section on the other side. I was always afraid to step over to the adult side because I was sure the police would show up and take me to jail for being underage.
When I was about 5 and my sister was 3, I told her that if she heard police sirens, she had to run and hide because they were going to arrest the first person they saw. She believed this for years, I think until she went to Safety Town
One of my parent's friends was a cop with a helicopter. and he said "If you ever see a helicopter wave to it." From that day till I was 11 I thought that all helicopters were filled with policmen whose job was to snipe you if you didnt wave to them.
i used to think that when the police gave you a ticket,it meant you got to go to the circus or a show.i would brag to my friends that when i grew up,i would 100 tickets.
i used to think when police arrested someone, they pass a hand saw trough their belly...
After having watched Cops for most of my young natural life, and my mother telling me that if I didn't put my seatbelt on the police would take me, I believed that cops just picked people up and took them away FOR NO REASON AT ALL. I thought that they could just come snatch you on a whim if they saw you and decided you were worth the effort. Every time I passed a cop car, I would slink down into my seat and watch them with suspicion.
i thought if you dialed 666 you got upside down policemen.
There was this 'bad' kid in my neighborhood who would always give this huge fake smile and wave at passing police cars. When I asked her why, she said "If a kid waves at the cops, they HAVE to wave back, or they lose their jobs."
My daddy used to think that there was a children-police that killed children who was bad
I thought that highway signs reading "NO LITTERING. UP TO $100 FINE" meant that the cash value of what you threw away mattered somehow. It was "fine" to litter soda cans and old newspapers, but it was illegal to toss TVs or cars, because those cost more than $100. To me, this explained why all the highway litter was cheap junk.
I used to believe that undercover cops hid under covers/sheets.