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Les...fortunate    Posted 08-05-2002 at 04:00:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bluegrass festival at a big campground. Thousands of people there. Around 10 PM Saturday night, some folks come up to the office and complain about drunken, profane neighbors. Cops are called. Four or five 16- to 17-year-old boys are taken into custody. At first they won't tell the cops who they are. Cops say they'll just haul 'em off to the county lockup until they change their mind. Finally one of them tells them who he is. The kid's father comes and bails them all out, then calls the show promoter and reams him a new one for "ruining his kid's reputation" and threatens to make life miserable for him.
The father owns a restaurant. I will not be eating there any time soon.
BTW, it appears the kids stole the beer from coolers at unattended camp sites while people were off watching the show.

mike    Posted 08-05-2002 at 12:12:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
There's a big country concert near me,close to
60000 people there over the weekend.Lots of
drinking,and everthing else.Usually a few
reported rapes,kind of a drunken orgy.A friend
of mine helps clean up after the concert,says
they picked up tons of trash,and thousands of
condoms.The county has a portable jail set up
so they can pay a fine and get back to the party.

Les...That's what you get with    Posted 08-05-2002 at 14:05:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
that so-called "Country" crowd. Bluegrass folks ain't like that. When they pull out, the only way you can tell they've been there is that the grass is tromped down. You'd be hard pressed to even find a cigarette butt.
This incident was certainly not normal. These were local kids just out raisin he!!. They certainly weren't typical Bluegrass fans.

Very...fortunate    Posted 08-05-2002 at 11:53:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
sounds like the boy and his daddy both need a woopin

hay    Posted 08-05-2002 at 10:44:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
oh, them kids just have some kind of medical syndrome. ain't that the going excuse nowadays when the parents do not want to own up to doing a lousy parenting job? if they can get the police and others to believe that story then it lets them off the hook. or maybe how about the one about their kid is taking some medication and it made them temporaily "out of touch with reality".

JD790    Posted 08-05-2002 at 09:48:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe thats why the Kid was reluctant to say who he was. He was probably forced to play 3rd base
in little league baseball. His Dad probably made sure he always played!
Dad probably Screams at the umpires to.
Sounds like a real Jerk!!

bob ny    Posted 08-05-2002 at 08:01:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
we raised three girls when our oldest was married
she told me that she was not going to raise her kids the way we raised her when her oldest was around ten she told me she wished she had

Mudcat49    Posted 08-05-2002 at 04:54:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mrs Mudcat teaches in a level 10 Juvinile prison, That is one step away from the big house for those boys. Some of the stories she tells! Those "tough" kids aren't so tough after that steel door clangs shut!

EIEIO    Posted 08-05-2002 at 04:25:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
They always blame it on the kids but part of the time I do believe the parents need to take a good look at themselves. I remember many moons ago my son, the smart one?, and four of his buddies stole McDonald Coupons from the school office for free eats. These were given to kids for all A's. Anyway they kept going to the same McDonalds, manager caught on, police were involved, they stole so many it was considered a felony. We all met in the principal's office, I swear I had my own chair there. All the other parents forked over $50.00 and that was that. Well I had Christopher work at Ronald McDonald house every Saturday from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm until his debt was paid - I also paid the $50.00 but he never knew that. Since he was also grounded I made sure he got there. Took time from me but it was a lesson to be learned. I think sometimes for parents it is easier to just pay the fine and that is it. This is just my opinion. I won't say my kids turned out perfect and wonderful but I did what I had to do as a single parent and would do it all over again.

Before this letter is taken the wrong way, I DO NOT mean all parents - it is tough raising kids nowadays but there are a few that just do nothing.

Have a great week.

DeadCarp    Posted 08-05-2002 at 06:38:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good for you, EI, for having the kid acknowledge his debt. Maybe i'm old-fashioned but it gripes the heck outa me when the doorbell rings and there stands a PARENT trying to collect for a KIDS project! I'm usually pretty blunt with them, ask if they really HAVE a kid or what ... I figure if the boy scout want to go to camp or see a ball game, THEY should be out ringing bells ... nobody learns responsibility by sluffing off legwork. :)

Tom A    Posted 08-05-2002 at 05:33:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I agree with you, and honor you for your story.

I know of very few instances were "good kids" were raised by bad parents. I know of a few, but not very many, where "bad kids" were raised by "good parents." So I think the biggest contributor to how kids turn out is parental involvement. Most of us (parents) are too involved in our own little pursuits to spend the time to do things right by our own kids. Making kids do the right thing when they screw up (and every kid does once in awhile) is time-consuming and hard. Unfortunately, few parents anymore do the hard thing.


Tom A    Posted 08-05-2002 at 04:18:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Unfortunately, I don't think that is uncommon.

My wife works for the local school system, I spent several years as a Boy Scout leader. Lots of folks have a "my kid is never wrong" attitude, and it always shows in their kids' behavior. Few folks truly support their law enforcement, school system, or good neighbors' obligation to help keep kids on the straight and narrow, and we as a society are worse off for it.

I'd suggest you ought to let the restaurant owner know *why* you won't be patronizing his place, so he can re-think his own behavior!


Les    Posted 08-05-2002 at 04:27:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've been thinking of doing just that!

Dennis in Ma - a waste of time    Posted 08-05-2002 at 07:45:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There nothing more self righteous than a parent who has a child who is never wrong. You'll find nothing but an argument with him. He'll never admit he was wrong. Remember apples don't fall far from the tree.
Just spread the word that he is an xxx-hole and let the public take care of him slowly.

You'll be better off watching TV or something else as constructive !!! :^)

LH    Posted 08-05-2002 at 08:35:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
If oyu want to see parents enmasse who's kids are never wrong just go watch a little league ballgame or other sporting event. It irks me to know end when these parents start yelling derogatory comments to the opposing team when their kids are playing, or teling the coaches what a lousy job they're doing when they don't let ther child play every time. I'm of the fimr opinion that all kids and most people are good, they just need a little direction on occasion to show them the right way to go.

Grove r    Posted 08-05-2002 at 20:42:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can't realy add much except my thoughts are the same.....raised five, three girls and two boys, now raising grand kids, sometimes wonder why they call them "grand"'s a tough row to hoe, but, Kids all said I was a strict SOB, Maybe.....guess that means good?? Always told em, you get yourselves into get yourselves out!!!!......I still do help them when they need it, but only if they are on the up and up....for the most part they do pretty good, only real problems are self inflicted, and they realize this, and don't look for help in these situations.......the biggest plus for all of them is the fact that they don't do DRUGS, four of them do smoke, and they know I don't like that.....most will take a drink now and then, which I don't mind at all, so do I! thing I did tell them when they were going to school....don't ever start a "fight", but you certainly may finish one...... well...that pretty well does it for now, have a gooder, R.E.L.

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