The Untold Story Of TERRY T COOKIE aKa “MONSTER”
To be caught with one’s hand in the cookie jar means to be caught in the act of doing something wrong or forbidden. This idiom is often but not always used to refer to stealing money from an employer and is similar to the idiom caught with one’s hand in the till. It may also be used in a more general sense, similar to caught red handed. This idiom is chiefly North American, as the British use the word biscuit instead of cookie, and there is no corresponding British expression. A canister of ceramic or other material used to store cookies has been a tradition in American households and children are usually forbidden to access this cookie jar until given permission to do so. Since cookies are irresistible to children, they are often ‘caught with their hand in the cookie jar’ by their parents. This feature of Terry T Cookie aKa Monster, combined with the idea of Cookies and money both being tempting, caused the Law to refer to the stealing of money, and Cookies a Federal Crime, a Crime against the State, The United States.
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