Originally Posted by chickabiddy
I would not lie to save money: as others wrote, that's stealing and a very bad example.
Yep. I remember my mom coaching me to lie about my age in order to get in free or at a reduced rate to the movies, amusement parks, arts events and stuff. She did this ALL THE TIME. Even as a little kid, I knew it was wrong.
I did lie about DS's age while on vacation. We wanted to eat at a restaurant that did not allow kids under the age of 5. (we have visited this particular restaurant many times over the years, both DS was born and after when he was with his Nana)
DS is nearly 4.5 years old. When making the reservation, the employee asked me 1.) if there were children in the group? and 2.) is the child 5 years of age or older? I lied and said "he is 5 years old."
To the best of my knowledge, safety has nothing to do with their age restriction. The place isn't particularly fancy, it is open air so noise isn't the issue.
DS knows how to sit still at a restaurant and if, for some weird reason, he would have misbehaved, we would have left immediately.
I was so proud of DS. He ordered off the menu, cleared his plate and then tried both of our dinners. (The waiter argued with me saying DS wouldn't eat duck and I should order him pasta) He sat quietly the entire meal. When we were settling the check, the owner came over to us and complimented DS's behavior and excellent entree choice.
DH and I were just dying to say "he is only 4 years old!" on our way out the door but we didn't.
ETA - I have already told my mother that I do not approve of the lying for free/reduced admission thing and she is to never encourage/allow DS to participate in doing it. If she can't bare to part with the $5 for a ticket, I will send DS with money to cover his activities.