My First Run in with the Law

Grandma Kc wrote this on February 7th, 2014 13 Replies

This is a special memory from my own childhood.

The only thing worse than being an adult and seeing a police car in your rear view mirror is being 7 and turning around and seeing a police car out the back window. Panic really takes over if you have just thrown your Icicle Freezer Pop wrapper out the window and it now stuck on the windshield of that police car.

My Mom had gotten it for me as a special treat before we set out on a long drive. Like many of my childhood memories there are pieces missing. I don’t know where we were going or why and I don’t remember ever getting there. I do remember that is was a beautiful sunny day and I certainly remember my mom yelling at me not to throw my wrapper out the window just as I let it go. It was then that I turned and saw the police car. Moments later, I heard the siren – although by that time my mother was screaming at me so loudly that it is amazing I could hear anything! I was in big trouble.

If I thought my mother was scary, she was nothing compared to that police officer who in my mind was at least 10 feet tall and very intimidating. He had taken the wrapper off his windshield before walking up to our car. I remember his face in the window holding the wrapper with his thumb and index finger asking me if it was mine and why had I thrown it at him? It was 1957 and the Keep America Beautiful campaign against littering was in full swing. I really did know better and I don’t know why I did it at the time. But, I can honestly say I’ve never littered since!

13 thoughts on “My First Run in with the Law

  1. sarah christian

    I can relate so well, because to this day, I am a nervous wreck when I see a police car behind me in my rear view window. Bless your heart, that was a scary moment to be sure. And no more littering was a good outcome I suppose. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Sandy

    I also turn to wobbly jello when I see a police car in the rear view mirror. I can imagine how frightening that must have been for you at 7 years old!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      The fact that YOU turn to wobbly jello does make me feel better about my grown up fear. If my little sister who was the EA for the Chief of Police and who married Mark – a State Police officer, doesn’t like a police car in the rear view mirror it makes me feel justified for panicking!

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  3. Joyce

    I am conflicted. I so want to be sympathetic with cute little seven year old Kc, yet the way you related the story is HILARIOUS! I felt like I was right there with you, cowering in the back seat and just wishing we both could disappear!
    I suppose the officer was “just doin’ his job, maam,” but come on…! Over a plastic wrapper? From a little girl? Yikes! – I say, “Go look for some real criminals, dude!”

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      This was the early days of the Keep America Beautiful campaign and those Michigan State Police took their job very seriously! I can look back at in now and laugh – it is funny – but at the time I don’t know if I was more afraid of my mother or that police man!

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  4. Launna

    I don’t believe in littering either but you were 7… a child, you didn’t deserve to be yelled at… glad you learned your lesson though Kc 🙂

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  5. Judy@grandparentsplus2

    I’m sorry I’m LOL and even had to tell the grands who laughed with me. What are the odds that probably the only time you littered there would be a police car behind you to catch it on the windshield. I can only imagine how scared you were but I can remember back in the days when it wasn’t such a big deal to ‘roll’ down the window and just let stuff fly. Here in NH they take littering seriously so you hardly ever see anything on the roadways.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am so glad I could entertain your grandchildren — they will both be old enough to drive someday and they will know the fear!

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  6. KImberly

    That is the best story ever.
    I was pulling through McDonald’s drive through one day and a car parked up ahead of me threw ALL the families supper trash OUT THE WINDOW AND ON THE GROUND.
    I had a car full of kids, slammed on the brakes, got out and went and picked up that trash right at their car window and walked the two feet to the trash can. You never saw a window go up so fast in your life. Probably not my smartest move, but I could not let that pass.
    I panic at every siren in the rear view mirror, no matter.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Oh I just love your story! I especially love that you had a car full of kids. They will never litter! True, it today’s world it might not have been your wisest move but I would have done that same thing. Good job!

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  7. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    When I saw your post title it made me chuckle. Your FIRST run in with the law? Have you many that follow?? 😀

    I bet that was indeed pretty scary. Sheesh… can you imagine if police stopped folks for wrappers thrown out the window nowadays? We could sure use the enforcement, but think of all the time and money that would go into that instead of stopping the dummies driving like maniacs.

    I do hate, hate, hate seeing people throw anything out the car window. Makes me nuts. Especially when it’s cigarette butts. GAH!

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