You break it, you buy it…or something like that.

You’re about to read a story from the “Am I the A**hole?” page about a kid who I think needs a bit of a reality check.

Read on to see what happened.

AITA for refusing to buy my son a new phone after he broke his?

“I have a 15 year old son. As a present for getting all A’s on his last report card, I saved up money and upgraded his phone from an old iPhone 5s to an iPhone SE 2020.

Yesterday he came to me and he said his phone had been broken. I was assuming he had just dropped it and cracked the screen, a relatively easy and not too expensive repair for me to preform myself.

But he showed me his phone and it was not only shattered, but also bent, and half of the screen was hanging off. I asked how it had happened and he told me that he had been dared by his friend to place his phone on the sidewalk and run over it with his bike.

I asked him why he followed through with something that would clearly break the phone, and he told me that he wanted to look cool.

He requested that I buy him a new phone, and while I could afford to do that I didn’t think it would be fair to do so after he had knowingly broken his old phone.

I told him that he could use his old iPhone 5s. I dug it out and discovered that it had fully d**d at some point in the past year, which meant that was not an option. He still needed something I could use to contact him, though, so I gave him an old flip phone I found in a cabinet.

He told me this was unusable and completely unfair to stick him with, but I disagree. It preforms the basic actions you need a phone for. The rest is optional, and he chose looking cool over having that.


Now let’s take a look at how Reddit users reacted.

This reader said that the parent in this story was not wrong at all. Choices have consequences…

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And this Reddit user said that the son acted so dumb that he even admitted how and why he broke his phone.

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Another individual said this kid should have to buy his own phone if he wants another one.

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And this reader said that kids definitely act dumb when they are teenagers but this kid was REALLY dumb and he needs to be taught a lesson.

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What do you think this person should do?

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