As a fellow policeman and I were eating lunch in a cafe, we heard a woman nearby say loudly, "Jimmy, if you don't eat all your peas, I'll have those policemen come over and talk to you."
My friend promptly walked over to the five-year-old who was being scolded.
"Jimmy," he said, just as loudly, "I'm six-foot-two and weigh 200 pounds. And I never ate a pea in my life." As we left, the other patrons were laughing,
Jimmy's mother was absolutely silent, and a smiling Jimmy was no longer afraid of policemen.