Robbie Richardson wants to be a police officer when he grows up, and he s starting early.
Richardson, 6, who lives in Quincy, Massachusetts, has such a strict moral sense of right and wrong that he s not afraid to turn it on those closest to him – even his own father.
Robbie and his dad Michael were out running errands on Saturday, when he made a right turn at a red light. Robbie immediately perked up at the perceived wrongdoing, and told his dad that he planned to call the cops on him when they got home.
Michael laughed off the comments, the pair proceeded to the car wash, and then returned home.
As the rest of his family started to barbecue, Robbie picked up the phone and dialed 911. “Um, daddy went past a red light,” he told the dispatcher. “He was in a brand-new car, my mommy’s car.”
The dispatcher asked to talk to Michael, and Robbie dutifully delivered the phone to him.
“He has the cordless phone in his hand and he says, ‘Dad, somebody called, they want to talk to you,’ ” Michael told The Boston Globe. “And I look at the number on there and I saw 911, and I kind of sank a little bit.”
Michael apologized to the dispatcher – both for running the red and for his son’s nonemergency call – and explained to Robbie the importance of not abusing 911.
“He’s a smart kid,” Michael said of Robbie’s call. “When he says he’s going to do something, he does it,” Michael said. “He doesn t bluff.”
“I know how to call the police,” Robbie told the Globe. “Easy peasy.” But he’s learned his lesson: “When my daddy goes past a red light again, I’ll call the eye doctor,” Robbie said. “So he can fix his eyes.”