The Weekend – Christmas Chronicles I
A: I hate working on Christmas Eve! Whoa! Get a load of this guy! Come in central, I think we’ve got ourselves a situation here.
B: License and registration please. Have you been drinking tonight, sir?
A: I had one or two glasses of eggnog, but nothing else.
B: Step out of the vehicle, please. Sir, what do you have in the back?
A: Just a few Christmas gifts, ’tis the season, after all!
B: Don’t take that tone with me. Do you have an invoice for these items?
A: Umm…no…I make these in my workshop in the North Pole!
B: You are under arrest, sir. You have the right to remain silent. You better not pout, you better not cry. Anything you say can and will be used against you. You have the right to an attorney; if you cannot afford one, the state will appoint one for you.Do you understand these rights that I’ve just read to you.
A: You can’t take me to jail! What about my sleigh? It’s Christmas Eve! I have presents to deliver! Rudolph! Prancer! Dancer! Get help!
get a load of: look at (informal)
license: Official document that shows you have permission to drive a car
eggnog: traditional Christmas drink containing eggs, cream, sugar and rum
vehicle : machine use to carrypeople, i.e. a car or truck
step out : briefly go out of a place
take that tone : speak in that tone of voice
invoice : Official document that shows you have paid for something you bought
arrest : the act of legally taking someone to jail
pout : push out your lips to show that you are unhappy
sleigh : large, open vehicle that is pulled by horses over snow or ice
handcuffs : a set of two metal rings that are used to join a persons hands together,
esp. by police
prison : a building where criminals are kept as punishment
read someone’s rights: tell someone their legal rights, usually when they are arrested
DUI: driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
speeding ticket: a piece of paper the police give if you are diving too fast