You know how many young guys these days wear those baggy, long basketball shorts? Well, here’s a great true story that was in our newspaper last week about a local teenager who paid a price for wearing those shorts that have really useless pockets.
The baggy-shorts-wearing 14 year old had been mowing lawns to save for a $175 I-pod. But, his parents didn’t let him save just that much … he was required to save significantly more than that before he was allowed to use the money for the I-pod.
Finally, he reached the required amount of saving to buy his I-pod. So, he, his mom and his brother went to the mall where they first ate and then would go to Wal-mart to make the purchase. He had his $175 in his Colts wallet, stuck in the loosy-goosy pocket of his baggy shorts.
But, when they got ready to leave the restaurant, he checked for his wallet and it was gone! He looked all around the table and it wasn’t there. Mom suggested that it had probably dropped out in the car. They went and checked — nope, not there. Needless to say, he was distraught! He asked Mom if he could possibly take another $175 out of his savings? Nope. She said he would have to wait to buy the I-pod after he had earned that much again.
But, because she really wanted him to be able to buy the I-pod he had worked so hard to earn, when they got home Mom called the restaurant and the mall management, leaving a description of the wallet and their phone number. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any ID in the wallet, so even if someone found it, they would have no idea who to contact directly; it would only be returned if it was turned in at a business. And, even if that happened, what was the chance that the money would still be in it? The story pointed out that as she did this calling, her husband and older son were telling her that it was no use and she was wasting her time.
But, the next day there was a call from a young college student. She had found the wallet and when she went to the mall management office, they had given her the number to call. Mom described the wallet and the girl confirmed that that was the wallet, but she hadn’t mentioned the money yet. So, Mom asked about it, hoping illogically that at least some of it might still be in there. She told the girl that there had been $175 in it. The girl said there still was!
So, Mom arranged to meet the girl and retrieve the wallet.
When her son came home from school, of course, he was delighted to get his wallet back … and the money! But, wait, there was only $125.
Mom explained that the girl had, in fact, returned the full amount, but that she had given her a well-deserved $50 reward out of the money. And now, because he was so blessed that an honest person had found and returned his money, instead of having to re-earn the full amount, he would only have to earn an additional $50 so that he could get his I-pod!
Hubby and I thought the mother handled this situation so wisely. She was loving and supportive of her son, but that didn’t keep her from letting him suffer the consequences of his actions.
I don’t know if this lesson made the teenager give up the baggy shorts, but if he is still wearing them, I bet he doesn’t put anything of value in the pockets any more.