On Jan 19 we took the kids to the local indoor water park for a day of play. When we ended the day, we went to change out of our swim suits and realized someone had rifled through our bag, took Kevin's pants, which they then had taken to the dressing room, emptied everything in his pockets, stole his iphone, key to our safe, and military id, and then did a bunch more silly things that proved to us that this was just some kids who stole our stuff. So we reported it to the management, Kevin replaced his phone and we recovered.
Now today. Kevin is in India. He received a call today from a man who says he has his iphone, the one that was stolen. Apparently, the kid's dad found the phone and fessed up for his kid. The kid doesn't, however have Kevin's military ID or the key to our safe. I got an email from Kevin about this. So, now we have to decide how to handle this.
A) do we ask the kid and his parents to pay for the new phone we had to buy since his kid took Kevin's
B) Do we say he can shovel our driveway for the rest of the winter season
C) ask a policeman to have a little chat with this kid and make him formally apologize to the waterpark folks
What would you do?
I am battling back and forth because our actions do not go without consequence. However, the kid may be in a heap of trouble from his parents. Is his parents consequences enough? I know my parents would have made me pay for the stupid phone and apologize and I would still have reaped their punishment.