What would you do?

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

      thoughts.

      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?

      thanks!

      stephanie

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