Opinel No. 12

Singer-songwriter Jason White tells of his encounter with the American justice system.


As I was putting my shoes and my belt back on, I was approached by two Nashville Metro police officers.
“You the one with the bowie knife?” said the first officer.
“Well, it’s not really a bowie knife,” I replied. “It’s an Opinel No. 12. I used it out in the woods last weekend to cut some Gruyère cheese and some French bread.”
“Well, you ain’t in the woods now, are you son?” he asked.
“No, sir,” I said.
“You got any outstanding warrants?”
“No, sir.”
“You ever been under arrest?”
“No, sir.”
“Well, you are now.”
I said, “I am?”

I was handcuffed and led to a room in the airport where I had my mug shot and fingerprints taken…

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