Robbie Richardson wants to be a police officer when he grows up. But maybe he should consider a career in whistle-blowing instead.
Because over the Memorial Day weekend, the 6-year-old boy dialed 911 to snitch on his dad for the most heinous of crimes—you know, running a red light.
See, Michael Richardson was headed to the car wash with his son in the back seat when he made a right turn at a red light—and the little boy immediately started taking him to task for breaking the law.
"I told him to stop, but he didn't listen," he told The Boston Globe.
Michael apparently tried to explain the whole right turn on red thing to Robbie, but since the boy had already been schooled in traffic law by his mom Joleen, he remained unconvinced. "When a green light says go, you go that way, or that way, or that way, or that way," he explained, pointing to the different directions a car can proceed at an intersection. "A yellow light makes you slow. And then a red light makes you stop."
He's not wrong. Which is why the boy warned his dad that as soon as they got home he was pretty much going to turn him in to the authorities. "I know how to call the police," he said. "Easy peasy."
He wasn't bluffing, either. Because once they returned to the house and Michael headed outside to fire up the grill, that's exactly what the little rule-follower did.
"Um, daddy went past a red light," Robbie told the 911 operator in the call, which has since been shared more than 700 times after being posted on the Quincy Poilce Department Facebook page. "He was in a brand-new car, my mommy's car."
The dispatcher then asked to talk to Robbie's dad, so the young informant trotted the phone outside. "He has the cordless phone in his hand and he says, 'Dad, somebody called, they want to talk to you,'" Michael recalled. "And I look at the number on there and I saw 911, and I kind of sank a little bit."
In fact, Michael was so stunned to find that there was actually a real official on the other end of the line, that he accidentally told the dispatcher his son was 5 years old instead of 6! What didn't surprise him, however, was the fact that his kid had kept his word.
"When he says he's going to do something, he does it," Michael explained to the Globe. "He doesn't bluff."
Pretty sure the little turncoat doesn't know that saying about where snitches wind up, either! Though apparently, the tipster-in-training has now learned that 911 should only be used in true emergencies, because he says the next time his dad breaks a traffic law, he will NOT be phoning the cops to sing like a canary.
Instead, he's got another plan in place.
"When my daddy goes past a red light again," Robbie explained. "I'll call the eye doctor so he can fix his eyes."
As far as we know, there aren't any cautionary sayings about that.