Teen Racks Up $54,000 Bar Tab on Dad's Credit Card: Who Should Pay the Bill?

champagne bottleIt's not unheard of for a teenager to surreptitiously take mom or dad's credit card out for a spin, but this 16-year-old in Japan didn't take his parents' Amex to buy a cool shirt or purchase some movie tickets ... he took it to rack up an impressive, if not totally baffling, nightclub bill in the capital city of Kyoto. The teen's $54K bar tab included bottles of wine that were around $3,700 a pop.

So -- who has to pay up?


A Japanese court ruled last week that American Express and the nightclubs are responsible for the teen's bill, which was tallied back in 2010.

(I'd guess it's because an establishment assumes the risk when they don't ask for I.D. with each credit card purchase, or because the card was technically stolen by the son, but I'm not sure.)

Regardless, it's still a little surprising that this teen was able to get away with such a brazen disregard for rules and money. First of all, HOW he was able to spend that much in one night is stupefying (and if you're thinking it's because he paid for sex, there was no evidence of that), and second of all, the fact that he got off scot-free in the eyes of the law is equally mesmerizing.

Either this kid is part of the Hangover franchise, or he's the luckiest little bastard in the whole world.

The family was only forced to pay about $7,800 of the $54,000 and if this were my kid, he'd have to contribute every cent of that $7K, and then some. Since the court can't/hasn't punished him, it's on his parents to teach him a lesson and attempt to instill in their teen the value of a dollar.

Otherwise, this kid will have made it rain all over Japan before his 21st. Poppin' bottles like a G6, indeed.

Who do you think should have to cover the bill?


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