It's Sunday - Football Day - and your sixteen year old son, Noah, announces that he's going to run to the store to pick up some snacks, and he's going to pick up Eli on the way back, to watch the game. You've just come back from a cub scout meeting with your younger sons, and have several other things going on, so you don't worry about it. Noah's been a licensed driver for several months, he has his allowance, and he knows the rules.
You don't think anything about it - at least not until Noah comes home, carrying a grocery bag, and chatting with three of his best friends.
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Denny, Blake, and Eli - all 15, and Noah - 16
You have allowed Noah to violate this law before on about three occasions - all three times when the football teams were at away games, and arrived back. On those occasions, he was allowed to take Denny and Eli home, but you'd talked to all three boys before hand, and they understood that it was an exception, that you were accepting responsibility (with their parents agreement), and there were strict rules (like no music) beyond the normal, which they all agreed to follow.
As soon as the conversation starts, Denny and Eli realize that they screwed up. Not only do you know that they know the law, since you've discussed it with them, but you also have permission to paddle both of them, which has been renewed in the last few months.
The real problem with the situation is that you don't actually have permission to paddle Blake, and he hasn't started driver's education, so you're not even sure he knows the law that they broke.
In a case like this, you normally allow Noah the choice of a paddling or losing his car keys for a period of time (or possibly some other restriction). You have no doubt that, if you imposed a restriction on Eli and Denny, their parents would enforce it. Before you can go any further along that that trail of though, Noah interrupts you.
"Please don't ground me, Dad."
"Yeah, please don't send us home," Eli adds, which is repeated by Denny.
Only Blake seems confused as to what's happening.
Are they sore, restricted, or will you write this off as another exception?