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When I was young and naughty, my mum told me that if i were any more naughtier she would take me to the police station and the police would lock me in jail.
My older brother once told me that if you put your socks on the wrong feet that the police would come to arrest you and throw you in jail forever. So each morning I would have to ask my mum which foot each sock would go on because mum knows everything. This continued for months until I was getting ready for school one day and I realised that I had put on odd socks! I spent ages crying to my mum that "I don't want to go to jail" and "don't let them take me away" for her to realise that my brother was sat on the sofa sniggering and that maybe the two were related... (He always was a little sod)
I used to wonder why so many cops in movies were called "Lieutenant" as a christian name.
When I was a kid I believed that the satellite they put into space was to watch for people who littered. So I never, ever littered, not even one little piece of paper. I just knew that the second I did the satellites would know and the police would arrest me, and that would be it.
I used to stare at our policeman when he went out on his bike, waiting to see if a blue flashing light would come out of his helmet!
People who carried guns or weapons, like police and some security guards always scared me when I was a kid. Once at the airport I got really scared, because my mom beeped while walking through a metal detector. I thought she was in a lot of trouble! The security guard came over with one of those long black hand held metal detectors and asked her to step aside. I thought it was a gun and he was going to shoot her! I couldn't understand why everyone was being so calm about all of this.
I used to believe that sharpshooters shot something sharp, like darts. Like those guns that shot tranquilizer darts to calm an animal down in "Wild Kingdom." It was the type of gun the person used and had nothing to do with skill!
From the time I was a toddler I believed that all law enforcement was carried out by "The Man". This was, in no small part, due to whenever I did something publically unacceptable (sticking my hands or feet outside an amusement park ride, making noise in a restaurant, refusing to let go of a toy in a store) my parents would indicate the ride operator, manager, or security guard and say "The Man will make you leave," "The Man doesn't like that," and the ever-popular "The Man would have to take you away". For too long I was convinced that anyone with a uniform and a gun or just a cheap twenty cent badge was "The Man."
I used to believe that all police officers were named John Law. My grandmother told me this.
When I was little I believed if you copied a video from a movie rental store the F.B.I would come to your house, cut off your head and take the copied tape.
when i was 7 my mom got me a stuffed bear and every night i would sleep with it and one night i was looking at the tags on it and one said do not take of under peanlte of law or some thing like that.Well i was realy scared to take it off cause i thought if i took it off the police were goin to areast me.But one night i ripped it off and i kept lookin out the window realy scared wait in for the police to come.
Sometimes television re-runs are a good thing. A teenage neighbor had convinced my then three-year-old daughter that the police would arrest her and take her to jail if she was "bad." She chose to believe the teenage neighbor instead of my telling her it was nonsense. Well, the fear was laid to rest when she watched a re-run of Chips and noticed the recurring theme: Someone is in danger, and here come the police to *help* them. Thanks to Chips, my daughter learned to see the police as friends, not enemies.
I watched some movie where a cop shot some bad-guy like 5 times and killed him, so I made extra carefull that I didnt do anything that would attract police attention cause I thought that I would be shot dead on the spot!
I didn't understand how police got people to pull over, so I thought they had an invisible pole sticking out from the front of their car to push the others to the side.
One time i was in the mall with my dad and I was about 5 i wanted a cinnabon so bad i bugged my dad until a cop came up and my dad was like hey my son is being bad are you gonna take him away the cop said ill give him one more chance. That scared the hell out of me the rest of the day and i didnt say another word.
when i was around 5 my mom told me that the brat police would come and get me if i was bad. One day i didnt want to buckle up so she told me that they would come to get me and i told her she was making it up. Later that day she got pulled over for speeding, the cop didnt know what to say when i started to cry and tell him not to take me away i will buckel from now on.
i thought that if you broke the law a officer would come and hit you with a night stick
One time when I was like in 4th grade (8 years ago) my father was driving my sister and I home from the Grocery Store, and I guess he was going a little over the speed limit and he got pulled over. This was a new experience for me, so of course I start bawling my eyes out and screaming: "DON'T TAKE MY DADDY TO JAIL! DON'T ARREST MY DADDY!". I thought that when you got pulled over or just looked at a police man or woman that you would automatically go to prison. Lucky for my dad, he got out of a speeding ticket because the cop thought I was too cute!
Once when I was like 7 I stole a pack of cards from blockbuster, my mom found out and took me back to blockbuster to tell the man what I had done and I was yelling "PLEASE DONT LET THE POLICE ARREST ME!"
I used to belive that the law was a number of rules on a notice board outside Buckingham Palace.