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BOTD 12-23-2016 Meanwhile... on the Sixth Floor- An 18 Smacked Production

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Skater

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MEANWHILE . . .ON THE SIXTH FLOOR
An 18Smacked Production

Your boys, Dave (15), Steve (14) and Bob (13) volunteered at a 72-hour telephone marathon for a national charity fighting muscular dystrophy, held at a hotel 100 miles (~161 km) from your house. The charity was provided a number of guest rooms by the hotel, and the boys could sleep there for three nights. In addition, the boys were to help set up the phones, etc. for 5 hours before and after the telethon began and ended. They would also man the phones during the event. There was to be adult supervision present and the event would not interfere with school.

STEVE - 14, DAVE - 15, BOB - 13
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The charity’s National Director thanked you profusely when the boys were picked up at the end of the event, and you were complimented heartily for “having done so much in raising them with such kind and charitable hearts.”

Having told you that, he then pulled you aside to tell you that the hotel’s Night Manager came to him complaining they had been tossing water balloons and water from filled wastebaskets out the 6th story window that they had pried open. While the Maintenance Department of the hotel could repair the window damage, so no bill would be presented to anyone, suffice it to say that, “someone might have been seriously hurt, if….” The police had responded to a complaint, but allowed the hotel to handle matters, and the boys had stopped when the Night Manager spoke to them in the room. He then reported the issue to the telethon’s director.

You are certainly proud of the charitable work your boys had done, but what they did was incredibly foolish and dangerous. You want to reprimand, but not deter their charitable heart for such contributions in the future.

How do you respond?


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It's true that from so high up a water balloon might be dangerous. I feel bad spanking them after their hard work for charity... I'll have a serious conversation with them and we'll see if I think they understand how dangerous and foolish it was and I can maybe be merciful, in attention to their generosity...

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AFinch

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I agree with Daniel. They're old enough for a verbal reprimand to be effective. There'd better not be a next time.

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This was based upon a RL episode from when I was 16 years old and spent the summer being a caregiver for a 10 year-old wheelchair-bound boy with muscular dystrophy. When the telethon came up, I was recruited to assist with the phones, and setting up/tearing down. The association gave a room to me and the four or five friends I brought with me; we all were members of a service club (a junior Kiwanis Club, called “Key Club”) in our high School.

We did the work at the telethon, but when we were “off duty” we were rambunctious, and someone had balloons, plus a wastebasket in the room. If memory serves me correctly, though, we were on the third or fourth floor, and not the sixth floor. When there was a knock on the door from the hotel Night Manager, we were busted.

As I recall, however, the telethon director just told us to “cut it out,” and we did stop the nonsense. When he left, we all felt pretty embarrassed and ashamed, and realized we had acted childishly. I think though we did sneak in a few more shots before we left the hotel at the end of the telethon. I guess we were charitable, but “boys will be boys” even when being charitable. Our parents never did learn of our antics.  Embarassed

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Adric

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I agree with Danny and Kier - this is an occasion for a reprimand, but no spanking for Steve, Dave, or Bob.  I think they're all good boys.  Very Happy

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Kat

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I'm with Daniel, Kier and Adric.

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ivor

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At least what the director told me wasn't a load of hot air.

It reminded me of this little film from long ago:

https://youtu.be/Z__JAVAJcE0

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Pi Beta

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I'm saying nothing to them initially other than asking them how the event had gone and whether they had enjoyed themselves.

I suspect that there will be some awkward silences on the journey home, sufficient for me to ask one or two more pointed questions. I want them to tell me about the water bombing and then offer me their take on what they think should be done about it. Only if they fail to reveal it to me might I think of any punishment other than the letter of apology I feel is appropriate from them both to the hotel and the event organiser.

Jack

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What bothers me - and I'm going to make sure the boys understand it - is that at a time when they should be trying to prove to me that they're mature enough to be left alone and unsupervised (i.e. - just before they start driving), they've proven the exact opposite. They had to actively pry a window open to do this, which argues against it being impulsive, and they're lucky we're not paying damages for this.

I'm going to stress that they need to work hard to restore the trust I'd given them and they didn't uphold, and we'll see where it goes from there.


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It seems to me that Jack and Pi Beta make some very sober points about what the kids did. It will be useful to firstly see how forthcoming to me (or not) they are over what happened. And, beyond that, there was a violation of trust between us that now needs to be re-established.

Excellent thoughts, gents!

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squarecutter

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I agree with tthew tenor of the remarks ans while I will say how proud I am of their charity work I am also going toe express my disappointment at what they got up to when they were off dutyand that I hoped for a little more maturity from them. That should bring it home to them

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Ah, yes! Kind and charitable hearts, just like mine.

Anyway, I'm going to whack them.

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