What would you do?

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      I think I would toss it up as a loss. Maybe someone stold it.
      My parents always made me pay $for every mistake I made.
      They never let anything slip by.. and they taught me one valuable lesson.

      They cared more about the loss of money than anything else. I wouldn’t make a kid that young pay for the dvd.
      I would punish him for sneaking the video out of the house without asking. Like no video rentals for a designated amount of time.

      Hope this helps.

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      From: Stephanie
      To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 3:10 PM
      Subject: Budget101.com : What would you do?

      OK my fellow budget-eers, read this situation and let me know your

      We just got back from a vacation. We drove, using a rental car (dad
      wanted me to pick up some things from my aunt that wouldn’t fit in our
      regular car along w/our luggage). We stayed at 2 different hotels.

      My 8.75 y.o. son decides (w/out telling my husband or myself) to bring
      along a dvd we rented for him (he thought that perhaps the hotels
      would have a dvd player so he could watch it). we don’t find out
      until we are on the road that this is in the car w/us.

      i do a fairly thorough inspection of both hotel rooms before leaving
      them, to make sure nothing is getting left behind obviously.

      we get home, clear out the car before returning it, and unpack. the
      dvd is nowhere to be seen. he claims it never left the car, although
      “maybe” he brought it inside the first hotel.

      we’ve called both
      hotels and the rental car agency and no one is claiming to have found it.

      he’s usually a very responsible kid when it comes to electronics &
      music/movies, more so than dh and myself (we lost a cellphone charger
      on this trip), so for him to misplace it is very unusual.

      so, do i tell my son he has to pay for the lost dvd? do my husband
      and i pay for ourselves, because we didn’t warn him of the
      consequences ahead of time? should i say we split the cost based on
      the fact that although we didn’t warn him, he’s old enough to know he
      has to take responsibility for his actions?

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