While adults can sometimes stretch the truth to get kids to follow the rules of the public pool or stay quiet on the seven hour car ride, many of the "don't eat before swimming" rules are just passed down through generations without a thought. Of course it's critically important to keep kids safe, but is it necessary to trick them into thinking they'll get arrested for crying in the cereal aisle at the grocery store? Is it truly the end of the world if you don't master writing in cursive or memorize the times tables?
So, when a Reddit user asked, "What is something that you were warned about when you were younger that you now feel was exaggerated?" people were ready to share their favorite "driving with a light on in the car is illegal," stories.
Stranger danger is a real thing, but you're much more likely to be abused by someone you know. - MizElaneous