I've been thinking about this a lot since I saw it yesterday. I consider myself to have a pretty sound moral compass, yet for some reason I have a hard time seeing any problem in exaggerating my child's age for free/reduced admission. I guess my theory is this: If I were to visit somewhere with non-consumable resources (i.e. museum etc. where there are no actual measurable per-person "costs" to the venue) then they are not "losing" anything if my child doesn't pay. If we can't afford it & the alternative is to stay home, then the venue is losing out on the $$ my husband & I would have paid. So instead of getting, say, $10/pp & kid free, they are getting NOTHING from us. I guess that's why it's hard for me to see it as stealing. I'm not rationalizing it or trying to convince anyone else to do it -- I'm just trying to think this through out loud. I'm actually shocked that so many people see a problem with it. Now, consumable resources (a meal, an activity that costs the venue a specific amount per person, etc.) I feel are a totally different issue & I would not lie in that situation. I also wouldn't lie if my child wasn't very very close to the cut-off. In fact, the one time I lied about DS being 12 months not 13, I honestly don't even know if he was 12 months 30 days or 13 months 1 day. And does 0-12 months mean UNDER 12 months or up to 12 months 31 days?
I'm also curious whether those of you that would never lie, would lie about your own age to appear younger etc? (I would not, I see no reason to, but then again, I'm still in my 20's!)
Do you always count your change & give back any extra? (I don't count unless it's more than a dollar or two, but I also don't check to make sure they didn't cheat me. I figure it all evens out eventually & I don't have time to count change or go back to the cashier over $0.25... which is also why I usually use a credit card
But larger amounts I would count & def. give back any extra)
Do you follow every other "rule" to the letter? Are there other circumstances where you WOULD fudge the truth, maybe vax status or a personal situation or something else where telling the truth might put your family at risk? (I have had several situations where I may have mentally thought up a lie "just in case" though I've never had to actually do it & not sure I could if it came down to it)
I'm just curious, this is a really interesting & thought-provoking thread for me, and I am reconsidering my belief that it's OK to lie about my child's age. I grew up with my parents doing that constantly so I never really questioned it.