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The GEM Debate:

Would You Do THIS To your Own Kid?


Okay here’s one for you.. but before I tell you, I need to give you a bit of backstory.

It’s one that I’m praying doesn’t embarrass anyone, namely the people involved, but here goes.

When I was a younger, my kid sister and I took our bikes to the local grocery store. And there I spotted them.


We had to have them! Or at least that’s what I told my sister.

Somehow I managed to convince this sweet, young girl to lift the yo-yo’s; that’s right STEAL them so we could add to our already overflowing arsenal of toys.

We stuffed them in our pants and sped off on our bikes toward home.

Once inside, I explained to my partner-in-crime that we’d have to play with the loot in the dark for a couple of reasons; one-she got  glow in the dark yo-yo. Duh. But the real reason was so our mother wouldn’t find out; we were still young enough that she made all of our purchases. She knew all to well what was in the toy box and some brand new yo-yo’s were not.

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Well, you know what happened, don’t you? She did find out (I mean why on earth were we spending copious amounts of time in a dark closet?) and she marched us right down to the store.

Not only did we have to pay for the yo-yo’s (out of our allowance) we had to apologize to the store manager. It was one of the most embarrassing, humiliating experiences of my life but you know something? I never stole again, nor will I ever.

Well a couple of parents in Fayetteville, North Carolina did something similar.

They were watching a local news broadcast of a break-in at an electronics store when they recognized the thieves as being their own offspring! Without wasting time, they marched their young sons down to the police station and turned them in, where the boys were charged with breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods.

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The parents have not been named and the boys are on their way to juvenile court but the owner of the store thanked them profusely for “doing the right thing” and turning in their boys.

So the question up for debate today: could you do that to your own kids? Would you? What say you?

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