The Day Crime Paid

Screenshot_2016-03-04-15-54-07-1 I had a childhood fascination with fire that occasionally led me into trouble. The most extreme occasion was when, along with my best friend at infant school, we set fire to the paper towels in the waste basket in the boys toilet.

The fire quickly burnt itself out but the smell and smoke was spotted by a passing teacher who apprehended us before we made our escape.  The headteacher got us to admit our guilt with little trouble and we waited for our punishment with great trepidation. Remember the cane was still in common use in the mid 1950s.

What happened next took us completely by surprise. Our punishment did not involve any pain but a tube of smarties. The reason being our honesty and pledge not to do anything like it again.

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