We Bought A Stolen Go Kart!!

Jacksonville, Florida
August 7, 2012 10:29am CST
So, one of our kid neighbors told my husband that he has a Go Kart that needs a lot of work and he just wants to sell it. My husband can fix small engines so my husband said okay I will buy it from you. The kid was always here riding our other Go Kart and our Scooter, he would mow the lawn for us when my husband was in too much pain and my husband would pay him. We thought he was a good kid. Well, a couple days after we bought the Go Kart the police are knocking on our door asking where we got the red Go kart from. We told them we bought it from the kid down the block. The police told us it was stolen. The kid stole it from the neighborhood across the street and then sold it to us! We had no idea he stole it otherwise we definitely would NOT have bought it. We thought it was his. This could have ended badly if the police did not believe my husband or if we did not have witnesses to what happened. I was so angry! If my husband was charged with that when he did not know I would have beat the kid! Not really but I wanted to. I hate what people will do these days to get over on people. The worst thing is for one we trusted the little brat and for two he KNEW if he needed money he could do a little bit of work for my husband and he would have paid him for it!! Why steal instead?? His mother came here and gave us our money back which was nice BUT if I was his mother, HE would have had to somehow come up with the money to pay us back. He would have been working for it. It was not his mother's job to pay us, she didn't steal, HE did! I am not surprised he has a record longer than most adults, his mother bails him out of all his problems every time! She's just trying to be a good mother I know that but to me teaching him responsibility would be being a BETTER mother to him... What are your thoughts???
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7 responses
• United States
8 Aug 12
If you and your husband knew that the kid has a record, why would you believe anything that he said? When someone like that is in a hurry to sell you something, it is pretty much a given that it is stolen. You don't want that kid around doing work for you. You don't want him in your home or anywhere near you. He's trouble, and you're lucky that your family didn't get caught up in his problems this time.
• Jacksonville, Florida
8 Aug 12
We did NOT know the kid had a record until the police ran his name and they told us he has a record and a long one at that. Obviously we would not let a criminal around our house...
• United States
8 Aug 12
That's good. I have known too many people who would. Sometimes, people want to try the "try to save the 'poor' kid" route.
• Jacksonville, Florida
8 Aug 12
Definitely not us. As I said, I think the mother was WAY too easy on this kid. He should have had to find a way somehow to pay us back. Her handing us the money teaches him absolutely nothing! Nothing except he can get away with ANYTHING! I think it is so wrong!
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
7 Aug 12
I would hope that the mother had some sort of life lesson punishment set up for him, maybe she is just keeping it private. She probably just wanted to get things settled with you guys and that's why she brought forward the money, hopefully the kid will be paying her back somehow amoung other things. It's disappointing that you guys had an experience like this, it could've been so much worse!
• Jacksonville, Florida
7 Aug 12
I hope she would make him pay her back for it but she did not seem like that type to us. She is very laid back and easy going. She told us he is sorry and he would never do that to us again. It just seemed like she has blinders on when it comes to him. As a mother myself, I understand that to a degree but when her child has a record longer than anyone I know it is time to wake up and realize what her son is about! It is disappointing that this happened. And that kid is SO lucky that my husband did not go to jail over it. If he did, whoo that boy would have had it coming to him!!
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
8 Aug 12
I think she should've brought him over to apologize himself, she was probably more embarrassed of her sons behavior and decided to say sorry on his behalf to try to make herself feel better.
• United States
8 Aug 12
Wow, that is just such a sad thing to hear, really. All along you thought you could trust this kid and here he just took advantage of some nice people...and one's he already worked for no doubt! Just Awful! How old is he? If I was his mother I would have made HIM come back to apologize and give the money back. She shouldn't have done that by herself at all. That's not showing this kid any accountability for what he did. She could have came with him of course if he was scared, but he should have been there with her. This kid is going to be nothing but trouble if he's not straightened out fast and she's not helping. I would sure be shy now of hiring any young kids to help out.
• Jacksonville, Florida
8 Aug 12
It was really sad. We trusted this kid to be at our house to help and pay him, meanwhile he had a record which we didn't know and then he did that to us! He is VERY lucky my husband did not get in trouble for this. He is 14 years old. I would have done the same thing. Not only that but he would have had to come up with the money working it off or something to pay it back. PLUS he would have been there with me to apologize. This kid will learn nothing from what his mother is doing. She bails him out of all of his problems. That is just teaching him its okay mommy will get you out of it every time you do something stupid. I don't think that is helping him at all. Yeah, we are not letting anyone else up at our house unless we really know them...
@zainirye (36)
• Philippines
8 Aug 12
That mother must've been really ashamed of her kid, which is why she was the one who gave you your money back. If I were you I'd have slapped the little thing, causing us trouble. But, good thing you and your husband were not incriminated. Some kids really lack discipline, OR probably he has some bad influences in his peers (since he seemed like a good kid and such). His mom needs to pay more attention to him. Or if he has a record already, he should be sent to a camp or juvie of some sort, to straighten him out before it's too late.
• Jacksonville, Florida
8 Aug 12
Yeah she was ashamed of him and she should be. But she should also be teaching him better. Getting him out of trouble all the time is not teaching him anything! We were very glad our husband did not get blamed for it at all. I wanted to slap him, but I didn't. Lol. Juvie would definitely straighten him out. If he was my child that is where he would be going.
@toniganzon (39805)
• Philippines
8 Aug 12
That mother reminds me of my grandmother. She does everything for her children except my mom who refused to be spoiled by her. No wonder the rest of her children never succeeded in life and still ask money from her and they already have grandchildren too. I saw how my grandma spoiled her children and in fact grandpa told me everything about it. I hope that mother will give his son a lesson. There must be a reason why he's behaving like that. I told my son that if he does bad things i would never bail him out. In fact i would help authorities to put him in prison if that's the best thing for him to learn.
• Jacksonville, Florida
8 Aug 12
Yeah when mothers do TOO much for their children it becomes a problem. They rely on you for everything even their problems that they should be getting themselves out of. Yeah my children would be getting themselves out of their own jam!
@riyauro (6431)
• India
7 Aug 12
It happens in some houses. Even my brother was always making trouble for us and many things. he used to do things that police had to come home and take him . My parents had never helped him out of station but still he did things again and again, he never listened. we told him so much to get better in life. but no he would not listen. He learnt his own lesson and is living life better. he is 31 and has a kid also. he has good job. he left what he was doing. Some kids take time to change and be good. others learn at very early stage of life. That is why we all are different. It is bad that he sold you stolen kart. he should not have done that. I wish he learns lesson fast an changes his way of living. thanks for sharing. have a wonderful day.
• Jacksonville, Florida
7 Aug 12
I hope this kid learns sooner than later. I don't see him learning anything with his mother constantly bailing him out of the mess he creates! His mother needs to make him pay for the things he does. Otherwise it will take him until MUCH older for him to learn. That's good that your brother is doing better in life and has a family now. Some people do have to learn for themselves. But his mother enabling him is surely NOT helping him!
• Prairieville, Louisiana
26 Mar
If I were his mother I would have had the kid work to pay the mom back since the mom gave you your money back for stolen go cart.