This mothering is probably why he is such a pain of the ass to beign with.
Well put, L-188. If it had happened to me (and let's face it...anyone who grew up in my day and age has thought about doing it...one of many fleeting kid thoughts), two things would definitely happen:
1) My ass would be BLEEDING from the severe whoopage I would surely get
2) My ass would also be put to work, earning every cent of that ticket. It would be paid by my parents initially (although no easy task to do...I have yet to see ANY person not wince at spending $1800 for, well, absolutely nothing), but they'd make me pay it back. They wouldn't make me get a real job, of course, but I'd be their slave..for the rest of my grade-school years.
As for the mother, she's clearly trying to portray herself as the victim. Why? Admitting fault comes tough these days. This is a FAMILY matter; this is not a matter of an Internet hacker that stole a credit card number and fled to Maui with it. Obviously, no matter who's to blame, there is something seriously wrong in that family. You can blame it on whatever bull you can think of--ADD, some other mental disorder of the poor, innocent kid--but it all boils down to discipline. If someone is fully aware of the consequences, and if it is made absolutely certain that it is HARSH, most of the time they won't do it. Why didn't I do it when I got pissed at Mom and Dad when I was little? I knew that, as smart as I "knew" I was, they'd eventually find out (duh...credit card statements are instantly available these days) and I'd get big-time busted for it. Sure, I did stupid things...but NEVER anything like that. 99.99% of kids don't do it either.
My feelings: HA
shouldn't have to pay ONE CENT of that child's fare. The parents/guardians, under US law, are responsible for their child's actions, correct? The credit card was left unguarded by the mother.
What could Hawaiian have done if the kid had legitimately bought the ticket, anyway? Caught the kid and called his parents? This idiot probably would have screamed at HA
for questioning her precious little boy.
As others have stated, I have to agree...I hate idiots.