Were You Ever Freaked Out By A Mattress Tag (Or Something Similar)?

Anderson, Indiana
November 5, 2007 1:29am CST
When I was around ten, I was visiting my cousins, and we were in the bedroom together. I happened to notice some kind of tag attached to one of the mattresses, and I read it to find out that it said something on the order of how this tag wasn't to be removed under penalty of law. Of course, as I would find out later, this would mean that somebody selling the mattress wasn't to remove this tag, which held information that might end up being important to the consumer. However, I had the idea that nobody was to remove the tag. I asked my older cousin (recently turned 13) what this meant. "What if I tear it off accidentally? Could I go to jail?" Barbara--seeing this as a silly question--gave me a silly answer (likely, while rolling her eyes--but I was so intrigued with the mattress tag that I wouldn't have noticed at the time), "I believe that you can go to the electric chair for something like that." Seconds later, the tag--which I had been nervously toying with--separated itself from the mattress, and I gave the most hysterical shriek that brought our grandma into the bedroom to see what was going on. Mawsie calmed me down and reassured me that I wasn't going to the electric chair while Barbara shook her head and rolled her eyes. Have you--or anyone you know--had an experience such as this with one of those mattress tags? If not one of them, have you ever experienced a similar misunderstanding of some other instructions?
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@AD11RGUY (1266)
• United States
5 Nov 07
Yes! I had the same fear when I was young. As I remember the tag said something about federal law. So naturally I was afraid the FBI was going to come and arrest me if I tore that tag off. The worse part of it is that I didn't think it through. How the he11 would they know? I think I thought there was some sort of alarm on it. It actually scared me into avoiding that tag at all costs!
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• Anderson, Indiana
5 Nov 07
Some kind of alarm on it! That's interesting! I never thought anything like that but, instead, simply thought that the powers-that-be could find out somehow just because that was their job. That would make a neat story (like a comedy skit) where somebody pulls the tag off the mattress, and not only does the alarm go off but, also, some kind of ink squirts out to mark the person and make him/her easy to find!
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@AD11RGUY (1266)
• United States
7 Nov 07
Long ago, MAD TV did such a skit! I laughed my mule off when I watched it! Brought back the memory and it bit hard on the silliness of my fear. The alarm? How was I to know? This is the FBI we're talking about!
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• United States
5 Nov 07
me no. however i did that do my little sister when she was 9 i think lol!! it was great, she had torn the tag off her mattress when we were changing sheets and i gasped and yelled OMG all panicky. she of course freaked out when i told her that those tags are never to be removed..and showed her to "prove it" and then told her how the police could be coming for her right now! she spent half the day staring out the windows and running to hide in the closet any time a car drove past the house! then dad noticed and demanded an explanation about why sera was running in and out of closets. and he told her the truth of course..and she got sooo mad at me LMAO!! dad found it funny and did his best to not laugh in front of her. hahaha..man that was a great day! LOL
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• Anderson, Indiana
5 Nov 07
LOLOLOLOL!!! Although it certainly wasn't funny to your little sister, that's a pretty funny story! I could just picture her alternating between staring out the window and running to hide in the closet--and your dad finally wondering just what was going on. Do you and your sister ever look back on this incident these days and laugh?
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• United States
5 Nov 07
That is so funny! LMAO. I never did that but, I was never told you could go to jail by a relative.
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• Anderson, Indiana
5 Nov 07
This is one of those things you don't find at all funny at the time (that is, if you're the one who's looking at jail time) but you can laugh at over and over again in the future!