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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Best excuse ever!

Some kids in town got into a bit of trouble this weekend. Not MY kids, thank the heavenly spirits, but some kids we know. Kids that have the best excuse ever for getting a speeding ticket.

We've all tried to get out of a ticket. Oh, pish posh, you know you have. "I had to pee so bad, Officer..." is one I've used. They've heard that one a million times. Even if you're doing the pee pee dance in the drivers seat, you're gonna get a ticket. "My kid is going to throw up" is another I've used. They don't care either, even if your car reeks of vomit. You're gonna get a ticket.

Thinking up an excuse at the last minute is tough. But this one? Genius.

So the kids were driving fast at about 9:50 last night on Rt. 9, a commercial 4 lane 'highway' of sorts. Speed limit is 50 in some spots, 40 in others. They were in a 40 MPH zone. I don't know how fast they were going, but when the cop pulled them over and asked why they were speeding, they used the most classic teen excuse ever:

"We were trying to get to McDonalds before the dollar menu ends."

You gotta laugh. You just gotta. It's so perfectly teenage. The logic screams 16.

When the cop snorted, one of the kids, not the driver, spoke up and said, "We're hungry. How am I gonna get my meal?"

The cop remarked that they had already missed the 10 pm closing of the dollar menu but McDonalds was still open.

The kids were incredulous. Who would go to McDonalds if they had to spend more than a dollar?

Good point! Who would?

The story was all over town in a matter of minutes. This is one of those classic dumb teen stories that will live on in the history of the town. It's a "remember when..." moment. I just love it.

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Blogger Shelby said...

Believe it or not, not everyone has been stopped for speeding. And if my kids got stopped, I wouldn't be laughing at their excuses.

17/8/08 9:47 PM  
Blogger Blog Antagonist said...

You know how Red, on "That Seventies Show" used to call Eric "dumbass"? I always laughed at that, because sometimes, teenagers are SUCH dumasses. When I think of all the dumbassery I committed as a teenager...oy. It's a wonder any of us makes it to adulthood.

Raising kids is hard, and teenagers are 100 times more challenging than toddlers. If you can't laugh at some of the stupid stuff they say and do, you'll cry instead. I, personally, don't want to cry for five years, so yes, I'm going to laugh when it's warranted.

And that? Was warranted.

18/8/08 6:55 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

So funny! My uncle had a great story about a ticket excuse - but it's too long for a comment box. But the $1 menu? Great thinking.

18/8/08 9:34 AM  
Blogger margalit said...

Shelby. First, not my kids. And there are very few people who are so special they haven't been stopped at one time or another for speeding. I've only been stopped once, going 59 in a 55 MPH zone. Can you say speed trap? I can.

And maybe you might try to have a sense of humor. Come on, try it. Laughing is fun. Being a crabass isn't so fun.

18/8/08 12:55 PM  
Blogger Sunshine said...

My oldest is in 7th grade this year and he seems to get dumber by the minute. Wonder what he'll come up with.

18/8/08 10:14 PM  
Blogger Geoff said...

There's a time limit to the dollar menu?

20/8/08 12:37 AM  

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