A neighbour has just been at the door,to tell me that he'd just caught a kid nicking the hub caps off my car.The kid was in the process of putting them back on,when I looked.
He came over,tidy,well spoken,polite.He apologised,told me his name,where he lives,his phone number,that his mum is out(she is,I just phoned)what school he goes to.
So now what,do I call the police and get all heavy,when in effect no harm was done(but only because the neighbour saw him)
Phone the mum later and risk all kinds of ear chewing,retribution and god knows what?
Or keep schtum?
For the record,12 year old Ds1 says tell the police.My instinct says phone the mum later and hope she's reasonable.
when my ds was pushed over at a aprk he broke his arm seriously.
The lad who pushed him never meant to really injure him, it was a misunderstanding and he left ds there not knowing he'd really hurt him.
So I called the local cop shop and explained, they came over and took it very seriously - we actually knew who it was as one of ds old friends had seen what ahd happened
Now seriously we did not blame this lad for breaking ds's arm per se, it was the way ds fell - kids get pushed over all the time
But the cops were very good about taking the time to go around and explain to this kid and his mum what he had done
Cops I am sure would be happy to pop around and just say a word or two might put the frighteners on a young kid on the cusp of going bad...
Reminds me though of a time when dh has recently bought a new sparkler of a car..he parked it at the other end of the car park away from people who love to ram trollies into your car doors, or those who love to open their doors into yours. Anyway, on returning to his car he noticed a group of 3/4 lads stoof around his car wheels. Upon closer inspection he noticed that one had a open packet of kechup and was stanping onto the ketchup allowing it to spray up his wheels ..!!!
DH (who can be slightly wound up easily) grabbed hold of the offender and told him to wipe it off. The lad replied " I have nowt to wipe it off with"..dh replied, yes you have...your coat....He stood and watched while the lad wipe the ketchup of his lovely once shiney aloys..! .
When dh told me the story I thought he was joking BUT he assured me, there was no way he was standing back and watching. He's sick of some of the "youths" of today.