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Toy Story

People passing a house in Braunschweig, Germany, were startled to see two children in a window, the older one holding up a sign reading “Help! Please call the police!” Naturally someone did; responding officers discovered the 9-year-old girl was upset that her mother had told her to clean up her room. The girl had come up with the sign idea, and had her 2-year-old brother next to her as a sympathy ploy. “The room looked like a battlefield,” a police spokesman confirmed. “Officers told the girl to tidy her room.” They checked back later to inspect, and they found the room all cleaned up. (Reuters) ...Usually, kids don’t learn the “Be careful what you ask for” lesson until they get married.

Publication Date: 10 June 2007

This story is in True's book collection, Volume 13.