Boy tattles on Dad, calls 911: ‘Daddy went past a red light’

Red light runner and son - NBC News

QUINCY, MA (WCMH) — The little boy knew that running a red light was bad, so when he was able, he called 911 and told on his daddy.

“Um, Daddy went past a red light. It was in the brand new car; my mommy’s car,” that’s what 6-year-old Robbie Richardson told the 911 dispatcher as he tattled on his dad.

The kindergartener and his dad, Mike, were on their way home, when Mike stopped at a red light, then turned right legally.

“And he says Dad you went thru a red light and I said yeah you can turn on red … no you can’t that light’s red you stay there. He goes I’m calling the police,” said Mike.

Robbie was true to his word too. When he got the chance, and unbeknownst to mom or dad, he called 911.

“And we had to go to the carwash, and then he went past the red light,” Robbie continued to tell the dispatchers.

When Robbie handed the phone to Mike, to say he was surprised is an understatement. “I just kind of panicked for a second.”

Things are good now, and it turns out, Robbie wants to be a police officer when he grows up. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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