I just had a conversation with my father about a job application in which they wanted to know if I ever had any traffic violations.
Now, as far as I can remember, I've never been busted for speeding; the only issue I've ever had was being pulled over a few times for not having a licence plate sticker.
When discussing this, my father said something like "that doesn't count, only moving violations count".
I told him that since I was pulled over, maybe it would count as a "moving violation" (never mind that the words "moving violation" was not even mentioned in the job application text).
He got really angry and said that I should know what a moving violation is.
I told him that I've never been pulled over for speeding as far as I can remember, so how would I know what a moving violation is?
He told me that ignorance is no excuse for not knowing the law and that I should know about this from talking to other people (the only people I've talked to who have said things about this have been drunk drivers I met in college).
I told him that I was sorry that I was so boring that I had never been pulled over for speeding or drinking.
He got really angry and said "don't think that I would want you to have been pulled over for drunk driving!"
I assumed that he wanted me to have done this because, in order to get any "experience" with that part of the law, that's what I would have had to have done!
I don't understand the situation or the anger on his part.
This does remind me of another story from my youth.
I was in the 6th grade. My teacher told me to give the names of the months in order. I hadn't learn that yet at that point, so I just told her I don't know the months of the year in order. I was yelled at and sent to the office!
What can I do about this? How can I handle the situation when dealing with someone like my father or a teacher at school?