Poorly timed joke
February 26, 2008 9:23am CST
So I got a traffic ticket the other day for driving with out of date plates. Where I am from you must get a sticker for your license plate every year on your birthday, well this year I forgot and I actually got pulled over for it. The cop was nice enough to give me 48hrs to produce the validated plates. On the day I got the ticket I went to do it on my lunch but got called home because my daughter was sick, the next day I was out of town on business and by the time I got back I JUST missed the Ministry of Transport office closing. I thought no problem there are Kiosks in the malls here where you can get the stickers. So I picked up my daughter from my exes and went to the mall. My daughter asked "where are we going?" I replied "I need to get stickers for the car" She then asked "What happens if we don't?" Thinking there would be no problem I jokingly replied "I go to jail." Well I should have realized that the kiosks only distribute the stickers for the current month, since the stickers are identified as the month they are validated it would be silly of them to stock it with every month, and impractical too. We returned to the car and my daughter (who is five btw) asked "Can I help put the stickers on the car?" I replied "No hun, we weren't able to get them." She went real quiet, I didn't notice at first so I strapped her in her car seat and got in the car, as soon as I got in the car she started crying and saying "Am I gonna have to live with mommy while you are in jail?" and "How long are you going to be in jail for?" I quickly explained that it was a joke and that I am not going to jail. She did calm down, and since I often tease her and make a lot of jokes she accepted the explanation quickly and even laughed about it eventually. I felt bad that I made her cry, but I can't help but laugh at the whole thing, mainly my stupidity in making such a joke without the sticker actually in hand. Have you ever made such a blunder?
26 Feb 08
Oh yes, at first I felt terrible for upsetting her so, it wasn't until I got her calmed down that I realized the humor behind it. As I said when I made the comment I was sure I would be getting the sticker right away and there would be no issues, so it never even occurred to me that I might have to take back the comment.
27 Feb 08
ok I remembered few but as I said not as good as yours. When I lived in Macedonia we had a very large population of gypsi people that lived in very dirty houses (even made out of cardboard) one day me and my father had to drive to visit someone and had to pass the area where they lived and as a 6 year old living in a 4 level house with huge yard and solar heating that was a total shock. On our way back we passed some gipsy men and my father yelled a mans name and waved (school friend) and the man yelled back hey Vic brother 5 seconds later I burts out crying "I dont want no gipsy unkle" the other was also directed at me. My 7 year old nephew came with me to the police station as I had to get some documents. He asked me what the building next door was. I said on one side is the jail, on the other side there is a famili court. He asked what was that. I explained that it was for people that want to get divorced. So as the police woman looked at me to see what I wanted he said :aunty if you ever want to get divorced from uncle I will come and tell everyone that he beats you up. The looks on everyones faces was a kodak moment. just for the record he does not beat me up my nephet took it literaly when I say he beat me up in cards or chess.
28 Feb 08
When I was a young child I was at my grandparents with my sister, a policeman knocked on the door and came in, he told myself and my sister that he was there to arrest my grandfather, my sister ran off crying, I apparently asked him a ton of questions and became fast friends with him, despite my normal shyness. Of course the truth was the cop was a good friend of my grandfathers and was just there for a visit, but my sister never liked him after the joke of arresting my grandad, me I thought he was funny as heck, goes to show you that I had a twisted sense of humor even as a kid.
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26 Feb 08
oh dear... lol Well, my kids tell me that I'm going to get arrested every time they see a police officer. Finally I asked "what for?" My 8 yr old replied "cause daddy says you are a bad driver. And my teacher says bad drivers go to jail." Oh brother. And for the record, I am not a bad driver, my husband just likes to pick on me...
26 Feb 08
lmao! Can I vote for you for "dad of the year"? :P Short of removing privileges from my sons, such as taking away their gameboys and ps2, and of course, grounding them to their rooms, I can't think of other times I've made them cry. Oh wait, that's not true..... "Mom? What are you making for dinner?" "I'm not. I don't feel like cooking." "What? That's not fair! You made noodles for Alex, why aren't you feeding JonJon and I??" "I told you Eric, I don't feel like cooking." Eric stomps off all frustrated, and in tears, cursing me all the way under his breath, I'm sure. 15 minutes later, the doorbell rings, as the pizza arrived. LOL. They don't fall for that one as easily now.
26 Feb 08
It's true. I adore putting my children in mental anguish. I get a kick out of it. I even allow my friends to do it too. The more the merrier I say! I just remembered another one... nuckfuts was visiting for the first time after many years being absent, and he had a small pick up truck. The boys all wanted to sit in the truck bed, so he opened the hatch, and we helped them to climb in. Then we closed the hatch and walked away, arm in arm, telling the boys we'd be back later, as we were going on a walk. The boys screamed in terror that we would leave them out in the open like that, in the dark (well, there were some street lamps on in the parking lot). It never occurred to them that they could just hop out of the back of the truck, even though the hatch was up.