Yes, that WOULD be kind of harsh.

May 2, 2012 @ 3:06 pm | Filed under: These People Crack Me Up

We’re pulling out of the gas-station parking lot and Beanie notices a sign on the wall: NO LOITERING. VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED.

“Prosecuted?” she says. “Whoa.”

I launch into an explanation of loitering and the reasons a small business, especially one that sells alcohol, might not want people hanging out in the parking lot getting into mischief. Her brow is furrowed—she’s unsatisfied.

“But still. Prosecuted. It seems kind of harsh.”

So I expound upon the criminal justice system: misdemeanors vs. felonies, charges vs. convictions, yadda yadda yadda. A mini-course on the U.S. legal system packed into three minutes of driving time.

“Ohhhh, prosecuted,” Beanie says. “I was thinking executed.”

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  1. So funny!

  2. Ha! Thanks for the morning laugh.

  3. Meh, prosecution, execution – it really depends who’s on duty at the gas station that day…

  4. Oh, funny! I am glad you clarified the meaning of the word. :->

  5. And to think that some people say you don’t have any sweet or funny family stories… I’m just glad I wasn’t drinking a Dr. Pepper (or anything else) when I read this. 😉

  6. Thanks for a great belly laugh! I love the way kids mix up the meanings of words – no end of entertainment!

  7. @Lisa—yes, Scott made me LOL for real with that remark. I don’t think we’ve had a solid hour *without* a funny moment in it in, oh, seventeen years.