fake ids

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i had a fake ID – and used someone else’s birth certificate to get it

i shoplifted – was caught once – but many times not

when i was really young I put an M80 (or two) in a mail box – don’t know what we were thinking

smoke bombs in classrooms and restaurants – all in the spirit of fun

I was privileged and it never caught up with me; even the times that I was caught I was given a mild slap on the wrist because of how I looked, my background, how I responded.

Today even a kid like me might get a harsher punishment but I’m sure a kid with less privilege would end up in jail and on a fraught path… down the rabbit hole of injustice with ever decreasing options.