A Jack Production
Yesterday, Mike received - not the whupping of his life, but a contender for worst of the year, at least. He'd gone out to hang with some of his friends. A couple of hours later, you were called by a security guard. He'd caught a group of boys trespassing in an old, vacant building. They weren't harming anything, but the building has been empty a while, and so they keep everyone away. It's posted 'no trespassing.'
Mike explains to you that it was no big deal. They were just playing Walking Dead. He admits that they saw the no trespassing signs, but they weren't hurting anything. You keep trying to explain the situation to him, but he comes back to they were just playing. You finally point out that he doesn't get to set the law, it's not their property to decide about, and he's getting his butt busted.
Mike seemed very upset with you, and he didn't take the whupping well. He didn't come down for dinner and went to bed early.
This morning, Mike seems to be back to normal. He assures you that he understands that laws are their for a reason, and he reminds you of what you've said before - that their are consequences to bad behavior. For adults, those can be losing your job or dealing with the police. For boys, it's a sore butt.
You go to work, dropping Mike at school on the way.
When you get home, there's a police cruiser in your driveway. You rush in, worrying about Mike. He's in the living room with the police, who assure you that he's in no trouble. They confirm your identity, however, and then hand you a ticket.
"Possession of marijuana is a crime in this state, sir," you're informed. "Mike says he came home early and caught you trying to hide this. He notified us of it. Possession of under two ounces can carry a fine of up to two thousand dollars and 180 days in jail. For a first offender, it's usually limited to a drug education class, community service, and court costs."
After explaining how to find out your court date, the police leave.
"You're right, Dad. It's always best to obey the law, no matter how stupid it is."
How do you respond?