I learnt my lesson, but times have changed
IN 1937, I was aged seven when I was caught stealing apples from an orchard by the local Police Sergeant. He put me in a half Nelson and frog marched me to the owner of the orchard; made me give the apples back, and apologise.
He then gave me one almighty cuff around the ear and said, "Now you little bugger, don't you do that again!"
And do you know what, I never did. But hey, just guess what would happen to that Police Sergeant today!
Oh, yes he made me cry, but heaven help me if I had gone home crying to my dad, for I would have had another belting off him.
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But today? The parents would sue the copper for assault, he would lose his job and his pension and be sent to prison and I would have grown up thinking I could get away with things. Things sure ain't what they use to be.
JOHN J JONES