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Wibu to sell my son's PS4 for €3.40?

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Myheartbelongsto Tue 19-Sep-17 16:40:24

My son stole €3.40 from my coat pocket today when I went to collect my daughter from violin practice at school. Not the first time, feel I've tried everything as far as punishment goes.

Would I be unreasonable to sell his precious PS4 for the same amount?

Harsh I know!

SnowiestMountain Tue 19-Sep-17 16:42:10

You could pretend you had and put it in the garage/loft/wherever

Smeaton Tue 19-Sep-17 16:42:38

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

humblesims Tue 19-Sep-17 16:42:45

I dont quite see how one thing equates to the other. Was the £3.40 special to you? Its a misdemeanor, yes and should be punished but I think your idea is a bit OTT.

CryingShame Tue 19-Sep-17 16:43:30

How old is your son? And what did he need / use the money for? (is he being bullied, for example, and needs to pay money to someone else?)

HaudYerWheeshtBawbag Tue 19-Sep-17 16:43:45

I think it would be a huge waste of money, but each to there own.

I'd be more proactive in punhsiments, chores, grounding, gadget ban, for at least a month, I hate theives and it's a criminal offence!

Have you contacted the community police also? My aunt did this to my nieces, and they had a serious world with her.

clairethewitch70 Tue 19-Sep-17 16:44:04

That is so OTT. How old is your DS?

ChocolateButton15 Tue 19-Sep-17 16:44:15

If you paid for the ps4 then yes yabu because you are putting yourself more out of pocket! It would be better to take it away or cut his internet access off. How old is he?

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PollyFlint Tue 19-Sep-17 16:45:26

How old is your son, how frequently does he steal from you and what's he using the money for?

Perfectly1mperfect Tue 19-Sep-17 16:46:26

The punishment would depend on how old he is ? Big difference between a 5 year old and a 14 year old taking money imo.

Wheresmytaco Tue 19-Sep-17 16:46:29

No, absolutely not.

£3.40 in my hand waiting

araiwa Tue 19-Sep-17 16:47:29

Ill give you €3.50

Myheartbelongsto Tue 19-Sep-17 16:47:32

He is 11, not the first time he has stolen. Tried grounding him, taking away pocket money, given him extra chores all the usual suspects.

Not being bullied. He's more than likely gone to the local Spar/centra to buy sweets.

The money wasn't special to me no but that's not the point.

To me the amount of what he has stolen is irrelevant it's the fact that he has stolen.....again.

Wheresmytaco Tue 19-Sep-17 16:49:04

I'd hide it and make him earn it back... weeks of labour. You'd probably just end up buying him another machine otherwise

Myheartbelongsto Tue 19-Sep-17 16:51:58

To add we are just back from Spain where he also stole from my purse, €10. Two separate occasions, €5 each time.

The €3.40 was my bus fare for work tomorrow and he knows things are tight since we have just been on holiday and yesterday had to buy a violin for my daughter and pay for lessons which started just today.

GlitterSparkles17 Tue 19-Sep-17 16:53:51

I would hide the PS4 and also change the wifi password (if he has a phone etc.)

Doesn't really matter how much he stole, the fact that he's stolen off his own mum is pretty bad. If you don't punish him it will only get worse. For an 11 year old, taking their gaming/phone is like the worst thing you could do!

Quartz2208 Tue 19-Sep-17 16:54:07

You can remove the PS4 for a certain amount of time (even say you have sold it) but selling it is really only causing you to lose something

backOffSunshine Tue 19-Sep-17 16:54:14

Yes. Very unreasonable.

That isn't to say you don't have my sympathies but that wouldn't be the way to deal with it.

Removing it would be a first step.

purplecorkheart Tue 19-Sep-17 16:55:11

I would take away the console and change the wifi password (I must confess that I have no idea how). As it is the third incident I would keep them for a couple of weeks.

Bluffinwithmymuffin Tue 19-Sep-17 16:57:47

He's stolen again, so impose sanctions/ punish him again. Just because it's a repeat offence, doesn't mean previous punishments didn't have some effect BUT I don't think punishment has to get harsher, necessarily, as long it's something he recognises.

Selling the PS4 would be pointless imo- withdraw it for a while, make him earn it back somehow?

WomblingThree Tue 19-Sep-17 16:58:19

Maybe he feels if your daughter is getting a violin and lessons (even though you've told him money is tight) then he's entitled to a few sweets.

Obviously that doesn't make it right, but it's 11 year old boy logic.

Perfectly1mperfect Tue 19-Sep-17 16:58:25

In that case I would give the usual lecture on why stealing is wrong. If you explained how it upsets you is he the sort of child that would feel guilty ? Is so that may stop him from doing it again. I would then find out what he wanted it for and tell him to come to me in future if he wants money. Then I would ban something that he will feel bothered by like screen time, out with friends etc. Only you know the thing that will bother him.

I think that's all you can do really, but make sure you stick with the punishment.

Branleuse Tue 19-Sep-17 16:58:43

Id go nuts at him, and do a punishment, but i wouldnt sell his PS.

Sandsunsea Tue 19-Sep-17 16:58:46

Yanbu. He needs to see your ott batshit crazy gangster side exists. Stealing from you is completely unacceptable. It isn't the first time so he clearly hadn't yet learned that his actions have consequences. You do not want him to be a theif. Sell the PS4.

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