Our weekly newspaper often uses colloquialisms in their news stories about local law enforcement activities.  Of course the law enforcement officials themselves may use these words in their official police reports, and the newspaper may simply repeat what is in the reports.  Regardless, people from other parts of the country might not understand the stories.  An example this week is an account that uses the word buggy and the word tag differently from the way those words are used in other parts of the U.S.

“An employee of a (Highway) U.S. 129 South store reported that a woman had purchased some tobacco products but told the cashier she was taking the mattress topper in the buggy to the customer service desk.  Instead, she took it outside and left.  Parking lot cameras recorded the tag number.  Investigating police contacted her, and she admitted the theft.  She was charged with shoplifting less than $500.”

Here’s the translation:

An employee of a (Highway) U.S. 129 South store reported that a woman had purchased some tobacco products but told the cashier she was taking the mattress topper that was in the shopping cart to the customer service desk.  Instead, she took it outside and left.  Parking lot cameras recorded the automobile license plate number.  Investigating police contacted her, and she admitted the theft.  She was charged with shoplifting less than $500.

Do people where you live use the word buggy to mean a shopping cart and the word tag to mean an automobile license plate?

You gotta love living in a small town in the South!

 

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2 thoughts on “This Week In Our Small-Town Police Blotter: Colloquialisms In the Police Report

  1. hehehe I completely understood the original report lol I do use “tag” in that sense here…and while I occasionally use “buggy” I usually say “basket” when referring to a shopping cart. I grew up in East Texas 🙂

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