His Daughter Stole $62,000 from Him, and When She Told Him Why, He Respected Her Reasons, but He Still Demanded She Pay Him Back

A father recently went online to ask whether he was punishing his daughter’s well-intentioned dishonesty in the right way. Here’s his moral maze of a story.

They were rich

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“My wife and I are in the fortunate position of being wealthy,” the man began. “We had to work very hard to get where we are, but we’ve never forgotten where we came from.”

They kept their feet on the ground

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“Our kids grew up as ‘rich kids,’ but we never spoiled them, even when we could have. They went to nice schools and had nice things, but they also had summer jobs and after-school jobs to pay for their own extras.”

He encouraged giving

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The man explained that he and his wife had also advocated philanthropy so that their kids would appreciate that even though they had a privileged life, it wasn’t anything like how most regular families lived.

His oldest kids were in college

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The man also said that his three oldest children were now in college and had grown up to be good, respectful people. They were twin boys and a daughter.

There was a five-figure check

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The man had recently been surprised to get a phone call from his bank. They told him that someone had just cashed a check in his name for $62,000.

The check had been made out to the tuition office of the university his three oldest children attended.

He got to the bottom of it

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Alarmed, the man immediately began investigating and soon found that one of his children had swiped his checkbook to pay for the tuition of one of their struggling friends.

His daughter admitted stealing

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It was soon discovered that it was the man’s daughter who’d written the check. She was apologetic to her father for writing the check without permission, but she also stood behind her actions.

He respected her ends, but not her means

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The man said he respected his daughter’s convictions, and he would have written the check himself if she had come to him (he didn’t actually cancel the check), but the fact remained that she had stolen money from him and then hidden it.

He told her wanted the money back

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When the man’s daughter asked what her punishment would be, the man told her that she needed to get a job quickly because she now owed him $62,000.

But there was a twist.

There was a secret plan

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The man revealed that he wouldn’t actually accept any repayment from his daughter; what he wanted was acknowledgement that she had acted wrongly and an attempt to make amends. But of course, his daughter didn’t know this and was extremely unhappy with him.

Was he handling things right?

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The man asked the internet if he was wrong to pretend that he was expecting her to repay him.

The internet responded

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The internet praised the man’s stance. “While your daughter had commendable intentions, she undeniably stole money from you, and there should most definitely be consequences for it,” said one. “You don’t want to enable a mentality of ‘the end justifies the means,’ because that’s never a good outlook to have.”

But some thought he was being too lenient. “You sound amazing, actually. She’s lucky she isn’t getting charged with theft and fraud,” said another. “Make her pay it back. ACTUALLY pay it back. The ‘good intent’ excuse isn’t acceptable.”

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