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Eating $100 shoes
Eating $100 shoes
It happens to every parent. Today was my turn.
Here's the situation:
My 15 year old son plays football for his high school. When summer practice started , i had an opportunity to purchase him a pair of Reebok Cleats through the high school. Against my better judgment, i went ahead and ordered him a pair of Reebok Cleats for $100. A couple of weeks later the shoes arrive. I have a friend of mine pick them up and deliver them to my son at football practice. My son then puts them on and heads out onto the field. A few minutes out there, he decides that they are too tight.
So the next day, he brings them home and tells me the shoes are too tight. I take them to the store we purchased them through and explain the problem. They inform me that they cannot exchange them because they have been worn out on the field and have dirt and grass stains on them. However they will allow me to purchase a new pair at the same discounted price.
I really don't have much choice here, he needs those shoes. I ponied up my credit card for another pair of shoes.
I'm now trying to decide how i am going to make him pay for the shoes. I think it's only fair that since it was his mistake , he should bear the expense. The problem is that he has very little free time since he has football practice every day. I'll come up with something though.
"We are all worms, but i like to think of myself as a glow-worm" - Winston Churchill
8/27/2006 8:48 pm
The shoe store is responsible. They sell shoes to growing kids ALL the time.... they KNOW they are supposed to sell a kid a pair of shoes atleast one size bigger than they measured.
They have the expertise to have known the shoes wouldn't fit - you just got taken.
8/23/2006 10:09 pm
heads up dad:|
I have a friend of mine pick them up and deliver them to my son at football practice.
I think it's your "fault."
As a parent you made a lapse in judgement by having them delivered to the practice.
You have to think of the eventualities.
He should learn responsibility, yes, but blame him for the judgement you made to have shoes delivered to a field....hmmmm.
If he had the shoes at home and you told him to wear them inside, well......but delivered to the pitch?
Lessons in parenting.
8/23/2006 7:24 pm
Based on the way you tell the story, I'd say the underlying problem is; he didn't clean the shoes throughly enough after field testing the fit.|
Since the issue is not properly cleaning the shoes, the punishment should involve cleaning.
If it were my son, based on limited time, for the next 30 days I'd have him keep all of the faucets in the house sparking at all times. Any time you see a spot, he's on it. Doesn't take much time to do and after 30 days of you yelling at him about a faucet, I bet he will fell like he has paid for the shoes.
8/23/2006 1:50 pm
And here is coming up with something!|