The SUVs with blacked out windows swept through the quiet suburb, lights flashing.

They descended on the school, swooping in to block access roads and prevent anyone leaving.

From each vehicle emerged two agents in black suits.

In unison they approached the main entrance. A visibly shocked and bemused Miss Carthwright pointed in the direction of the classrooms.

The black-clad officials paused, poised to strike on the ‘go’ signal from the team leader.

Classroom doors burst open simultaneously. Most were met with dumb silence as commands were shouted.

The worst offenders were in the kindergarten year, the five year-olds, where the over-enthusiastic parents led them astray.

Agent Bradshaw pointed at the pumpkin painted as a Minion. ‘Who’s is this?’

Karen got up from the carpet in the reading corner where the class had been having story time.

Agent Bradshaw read Karen her rights. ‘Under Title 17 of the United States Code you are under arrest for copyright infringement with the aim to seek reward, in this case,’ he referred to his notes, ‘a Halloween treat bag worth ten dollars. Take her away.’

A tearful Karen was escorted out the room.

‘Okay,’ Agent Bradshaw looked at the class, ‘Who’s is the Ninja Turtle pumpkin?’

Copyright Rick Spaulding

Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). Hosted by Susan Spaulding. For more details visit HERE.

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25 responses to “THE RAID”

  1. An inventive take, Iain, and a story that made me laugh. When the copyright cops have finished this assignment, I hope they’ll pounce on the Al Pacino pizza takeaway in Hull, lock up the proprietor and seize the huge illuminated picture of Al Pacino. Better still, it would be nice if Tony Montana turned up and introduced the owner to his “little friend”. (You might have guessed I’m a Pacino fan)

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    1. Haha. There does seem to be a grey area. But is it doing any harm? Not really in most cases – although Al probably won’t be too pleased!


      1. I agree. Some of these cheeky “breaches” are probably a free advert rather than something that tarnishes an image or takes away revenue. The pizza place bugs me, though – it just seems so disrespectful. Just as well Pacino was only acting as Michael/Tony etc!

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  2. Pity the kids! Painting teachers’ faces would have invited lesser trouble 🙂

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    1. That’s true, although the teachers’ might not have enjoyed it too much 🙂

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  3. hahha.. this is indeed cute. perfect Halloween story to read aloud


  4. Unusual take. Kids being arrested for Halloween painting by police in full gear! What the world coming to.

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    1. Just a bit of humour Abhijit, I’m not aware of it happening for real…yet!

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  5. michael1148humphris Avatar

    How do you do it, I am jealous🙂

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    1. Too kind, thank you Michael


  6. This is very intriguing, Iain.

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  7. Amusing, clever, topical and simply brilliant! I’m in awe.

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    1. Too kind Keith, thank you

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  8. Clever and funny, Iain, but in a slightly worrying way.
    Don’t let the Americans see it, okay?

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    1. Won’t be long before they figure out how to make some more profit out of it anyway.


  9. Ha ha ha, and just this morning, I was reading an old article of Bill Bryson’s on the Americans’ propensity to sue at every little thing 🙂

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    1. And it’s creeping in to the UK culture too. Hopefully not over pumpkins though.


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