9-Year-Old Spends $4,000 of Parents' Savings on Candy

Say What!? 9

candy storeKids love themselves some candy, right? Can't get enough. Never enough! Cause we're always cutting them off and making them brush their teeth and stuff. So of course the first place a 9-year-old is gonna go when he finds $4,000 hidden in his parents' couch is the candy store, right? Wait a minute ... what?! I know, I know. Seems like such a straightforward story at first: Kid finds a bunch of money, blows it all on candy, shares it with his friends, immediately becomes most popular kid ever. But when you think about it ... well, why the hell did the parents hide $4,000 in the couch? And how much candy does 4 grand actually buy?!

I guess I should mention here that this happened in Ukraine. I don't really have a working knowledge of the Ukrainian economy, but I suppose it's possible that the people there are better off stashing money in couches than bank accounts (hey, I'm starting to feel that way here!). And I suppose it's also possible that candy is ridiculously expensive in the Ukraine. Maybe there's some sort of excessive tax on treats? (Ahem, Bloomberg!) Still, $4,000?! His parents must've been MAD! But did the boy really understand that what he did was so wrong?

I want to say no, give him the benefit of the doubt ... but there's one nagging detail that makes me wonder: Apparently the kid accomplished all of this with the help of an "adult acquaintance" who was, according to police, diagnosed with a mental disorder. The boy always tipped him generously for his services, he said.

Hmm. So this 9-year-old essentially stole thousands of dollars and paid off a disabled guy to help him transfer the cash? Um, maybe he DID understand what he was doing.

Can you imagine your kid doing something like this?

 

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nonmember avatar justAukrainian

It's UKRAINE. Just Ukraine. No THE needed : ) thankyouverymuch!!

nonmember avatar kay

That's a pretty smart kid! One of the funny things about parenting is having to punish you're child for doing wrong, while simultaneously being impressed with their ingenuity and skill level.

the4m... the4mutts

Hahaha @Kay, I know, when my kids do something smart, but wrong, I never really know what to do lol

Granted, mine don't steal from me. But the things they think of to do that are slightly naughty, and impress me on a regular basis

corri... corrinacs

The thing I don't understand.  He must have gone to 800 stores.....because no store clerk would think it was normal for any kid or adult with a mental disorder to buy more than like $5 worth of candy by themselves.  I don't know...I just find all of this unbelievale.

Brittanie Grzymko

http://yilb.com/9-year-old-steals-4000-to-buy-candy/ _ video about it

Sandra Wayner

Wow .. Um well I cant see my daughter ever doing something like this cause she knows what can happen to her if she ever did. If my daughter stole 4,000 and spent it all on candy Id be pretty mad. I would sit her down and explain to her what she did was wrong and what could possibly happen. I would tell her that she will work until she paid back every dime she stole. By that I mean I would haveher do chores around the house, mow lawns, wash cars, wash windows, walk dogs, etc. etc.  untill she paid her father and I back the $4,000 that she had stolen and on top of that she would be grounded for 2 months.

Brats... Bratsmama9507

First of all the kid is 9 so he knows right from wrong. Plus how stupid are the parents for hiding the money n the couch!?! It's like they were setn theirslf up for someone to take their money and it jus so happens to be their son who stole the money. LoL go figure!! Lame..

Bailey Resendez

Open a candy store and have the kid work it!

Megan Johnson

I can't get past the hiding the money in the couch.  I mean, I've heard of hiding it in your mattress, but in your couch?  That's a new one.


I've seen this happen on a smaller scale to a couple of friends of mine, but it wasn't candy, it was Xbox points to buy cars for a game, to the tune of almost 300 off a credit card.  

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