When we were nippers, always on the scrounge, one of the favourite scrumping places was a posh garden on the Ropewalk, Nottm. It was a plum tree and they were succulent fruits ! Three of us went up there with our bags but, not paying attention, we got caught. The owner wanted to call the police but his wife said, "No, if they like picking fruit, make them pick the rest for us". Which we thought was a let off from the law. So we stuck in, climbing all over the tree and picked the ripe fruit. The owner was so impressed and pleased with us that he gave us half crown each.
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