Yes, that WOULD be kind of harsh.

May 2, 2012 @ 3:06 pm | Filed under:

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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    Charlotte says:

    So funny!

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    Sarah says:

    Ha! Thanks for the morning laugh.

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    tanita says:

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

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    Dori says:

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

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    Lisa says:

    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. 😉

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    karyn says:

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

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    Melissa Wiley says:

    @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.