I told my Granddaughter that I was giving her a "white elephant". I even wrote a journal entry about it, suggesting that she call the car I was giving her, "Jamba" after a fictional white elephant in a fable.
When you buy a car in California you have five days to transfer the title. Failure to transfer the title in five days may result in a fine. Alas, she did not register the car for SIX MONTHS. Now she has taken the car in for registration, and she was dismayed because the officer "yelled at her."
I wonder what is going to happen? Will she get the car registered? Will she pay a fine? Will she go to jail? Will I?
Another metaphor suggests that your wayward chickens will eventually "come home to roost". I wonder if that applies to white elephants as well.