I was going to wait and see if there weren't a few more responses, but I don't want to forget about it (not that Leti would allow that).
Yes, this is based on a RL scenario, but I'm not sure how accurate it is. I thought about using it Sunday. I already knew the situation, and actually referred to it obliquely in my thread Quiet Times.
. Because I didn't know all the facts in this, and because I didn't want to invite a bunch of arguments about what was really known (and because I found that great pic of the kid in the cut off jeans), I decided not to use it. However, David is currently out of scenarios, and he asked if I could help, so --- Viola!
The major thing I changed is in how the kids were caught. However, that removed one of the big problems that arose. The kids actually did have permission to use the card a couple of extra times, but that's because Palmer would go to mom one week and ask for extra use of the card or a bit of extra money, and then he'd go to Dad the next week. Then Drake went to Mom the week after that, then he went to Dad. When the bill came, and it seemed higher than it should have been, Dad looked at it, found one (and only one) charge in Arlington, and he had no idea why it was there, so he went to talk to his wife. Once he and Christi started comparing the bill, the fact that the boys had been playing the two of them back and forth for extra money came out, and that led to checking up on other things.
My understanding is that they had a family meeting Friday, after dinner, evidence was presented, and everything eventually came out. Then all three boys were sent to their rooms to get ready for bed. And being sent to your room to get ready for bed at 7:30 pm has one definite, and unpleasant, implication.
I actually like Kier's answer, but there's one problem with it, and I should have mentioned it in the original scenario. The reason the boys were left alone this year, instead of last, when Palm could first drive, is because of their grandparents. Always before, Grandma came over and stayed with them, or they'd stay with Grandma. Even when the older boys were old enough to not need a sitter, Grandma was there for Reddy, and since she was there, the older boys could check in and get permission from her. This past year, the grandparents retired, and I understand that they're on an Alaskan cruise right now. Because of that, grounding the boys for any length of time would be almost impossible.
It sounds like the boys had quite a long wait, because the parents were discussing things. Both of them were pretty upset about the boys playing them back and forth like that. As a single parent, I've never really had to deal with that. The boys never actually lied, but they were far from honest. While asking the parent whom you think is most likely to say yes is probably acceptable, this just seems like more than that to me.
Redmond was dealt with first. I guess he was the hardest, and Mom and Dad did talk to him before announcing sentence. While it's hard to remember everything that everyone said to you over several weeks, it seems like Reddy had directly lied on at least a couple of occasions (like about where he'd gotten a Six Flags cap he was wearing). Except for a lie or two, Reddy wasn't really guilty of anything except accepting bribes and keeping secrets. For the lies, he was given a 'pretty regular' spanking (Chris' words - and yes, the Russo parents are named Chris and Christi) and ten minutes in the corner. He also lost one week's allowance towards the extra gas the boys had used.
By the time the original discussion and dealing with Reddy was past, it was nearly 9pm. Drake and Palmer had been in their rooms for over an hour and a half, awaiting their execution. Mom and Dad came in together, and announced that they were each losing two weeks allowance, that they were hard grounded (no visitors, no electronics except family TV, and no leaving the house, except the back yard or with the parents) for the weekend. Palmer lost his driving privileges (no certain length set at that time), there was discussion that Drake would be delayed in getting his license (he turns 16 in Sept, I believe), and both boys were getting whipped.
After the expected protests, Mom left, boxers came off, and both boys started to go over the bed. Then Palmer was told that he was the enabler (I should have used that as the title of this scenario), so he was getting extra and could wait.
Palmer says it was the worst whipping of his life. I think part of that is psychosomatic, though. Normally, if both boys are in trouble, they go over Drake's bed side by side. Palmer probably gets a couple of extra, but it's still simultaneous. This time, he had to watch his little brother get it (Drake says it was hard, but not a lot harder than normal), before he got his own (Drake has no idea how much Palmer's was harder than normal, because he couldn't pay much attention at the start).
Reddy wasn't grounded for the weekend, and he and his mom joined us for Minions Saturday. That's when I first heard about this, and I was asked if the boys could come over during the days. It was announced to Drake and Palmer, and they've been over here a number of times this summer, so it's not like it was an additional punishment, except that I've been told paddling is definitely on the table with them if needed, and they were told, in front of me, that I am supervising them and they're required to be here, except as I allowed - which means they aren't grounded, are hanging out with friends, but have lost some freedom.
As to specifics, it was decided that Drake can still get his license on time, but he wasn't told that until his weekend grounding was over. Palmer is restricted from driving for two weeks, and he'll be on 'limited driving' for a couple of weeks after that - with parents direct permission only, which means only when parents are home to get it. One week of that will be during family vacation, so it's better than it sounds. That gets them to when marching band practice begins, and he'll be allowed to drive normally, but it looks like they'll be coming back here after practice, which means limited freedom, even with the ability to drive.And just for the record...
From here, it's about a 35 or 40 miles to Six Flags, not a quick drive, but not horrible. The thing is, it takes I-30 through downtown Dallas. A couple of years ago, Barry got in trouble for making unauthorized trips to Dallas, but I wasn't too upset with him. The thing is, he was going Friday night, after dinner, or on weekends. For Palmer to be getting home when he was, he was having to risk the time when traffic was getting pretty heavy through there, and that part of the highway makes me nervous past mid-afternoon. I'm sure Kat and Cam know exactly what I mean, but the rest of you will just have to accept that this one fact did rachet up what he deserves for this stunt.And finally -
Palmer turned 17 in May. As far as I know, he got his driver's license as soon as school released last year, which means he has been driving for more than a year, so taking a carload of his friends to Six Flags (or Hurricane Harbor, which is just across the highway from Six Flags) is a violation of parental rules, but not the law.