A Pi Beta Production
You live in a small village community. It is a nice and peaceful place and little police involvement is needed but there is a small police department and they have three vehicles - two regular cruisers and a Land Rover. The Rover is usually needed if access is needed to the very rural areas near your village but usually stays parked on one of the streets near the small building the police use as a precinct office. Most everyone in the area knows each other. You are close to all of the members of the police force.
You have two sons: Alex is fourteen and Aaron is thirteen. Your sons are basically good kids but do seem to find their share of mischief which you address with spanking. Your sons have a best friend: Justin who is thirteen. Justin and your sons seem to be attached at the hip. You and your spouse and Justin's parents are close friends. When Justin finds himself in trouble his parents typically ground him or use other restrictive punishments. Justin's parents did use spanking with him when he was younger but they feel the restrictions work best for him now.
Justin's parents have been able to go on a two week safari - their dream vacation. Justin is staying with your family while his parents are away. Justin's parents told you to treat Justin as one of your own. Due to the remote location of the safari, ready communication with Justin's parents is not feasible. (They did provide you with needed medical waivers - just in case.)
JUSTIN - 13 (The Friend) AARON - 13 & ALEX - 14 (Your Sons)
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Last night the boys apparently got bored and sneaked out of the house. They happened across the Land Rover parked in its usual spot. Justin remembered some left over paint his father had in the garage at his house. The boys, using Justin's key, retrieved the paint and then went to work. Obviously the boys were not thinking about what it was they were doing. In short time this is what the Land Rover looked like.
The boys were caught red-handed (or is that silver-handed) by the police captain who promptly delivered the boys to your house. Considering the boys' ages and their (so far) spotless record and because you are close to the police officers, the captain tells you no charges will be filed. Obviously restitution will need to be made to the police department to repair and restore the Rover. The captain then gives you a smile and says, "Anyway, I know you will handle it."
You look to the boys for an explanation and Aaron acts as spokesman and simply says, "I guess we got bored. It seemed funny at the time."
The captain trusts you will handle this.
How do you handle it?
This scenario is loosely based on an article that Pi Beta shared with me. (With license taken to make it BOTD friendly.) The article is here: