Since Drake moved beyond toys, your mother has always gifted him with cash. Expecting that, Drake kept a close list of things he wanted. Your mother alternates where she spends Christmas and the days before and after it. After Christmas morning, while waiting for his grandmother to arrive, Drake spent some money on Amazon.
When your Mom arrived, she had a great gift for Drake - she'd gotten a fantastic bargain on the most up to date phone, and she paid for an entire year for him. Drake had been wanting that, but it hadn't looked in his budget, and he was ecstatic.
While he never said anything to his grandmother, since she didn't give him cash, it left him short for a few things on his list. He sat down and talked to you about it. He wanted to borrow some money, offering several ideas of how to pay you back. You tell him you'll think about it, and you kick the idea around with your spouse. In the end, you tell him no. There's nothing on his list that he really needs, and you feel this will both help him budget, to prioritize, and also help him appreciate it more when he works for something (and honestly, he's borrowed money from you before, with similar promises, and it can be a real bear trying to get him to work it off).
Drake is unhappy, but he doesn't throw to big a fit, so you do take him to the mall the next time you have a chance. You have a couple of errands of your own to run, so you separate. The last time you see him, he looks like this...
When you meet him, something seems different. After a few minutes, you realize he's wearing new shoes, but not carrying his old ones. He tries to extemporize, but Drake has never been much of a liar. He can't show you a receipt. He finally admits he'd deliberately worn a pair of ratty old shoes up here, and he left those in a box, in place of these.
The shoes he's wearing are over a hundred dollars, which means he would be arrested and have to see a judge before being released. You're pretty sure the store from which he got them has a policy of prosecuting any shoplifter over twelve.
What do you do?
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