Spanish kid sues mommy and daddy over monthly allowance. Judge issues court order for him to move out and get a job while maintaining roughly half his allowance.
Remember having an allowance? Boy was that the life—the days when simple chores resulted in a ballin’ piggy bank account. It was a genius idea: pay children a monetary reward in order to suppress their naturally devilish tendencies.
Making bank was never easier than at the age of 10. But the days of collecting a couple dollars in exchange for making your bed, getting good grades, doing the dishes and taking out the garbage are long behind us.
Allowances normally help kids learn that cash rules everything around us. It can also develop an early appetite for green paper. It’s an intro class to the American economy. If you want more cash, make a lemonade stand, mow neighbor’s lawns, work as a caddie, drive an ice cream, hustle non-stop—go get yours.
The downside of allowances is when parents forget to cut off their overbearing, lazy, privileged offspring. There is a certain limit, an invisible boundary that shouldn’t be crossed. There is a huge difference between getting $100 dollars as a birthday present and asking for a new BMW.
In Southern Spain a 25 year old’s parents never put their foot down.
According to CNN a 25 year old from Andalusia, Spain sued his parents in court for cutting off his $588 monthly allowance. The judge ruled in favor of the parents, of whom the son allegedly abused both physically and verbally. The judge gave the son 30 days to get a job and move out.
Most news reports are focusing on the fact that the kid lost the ruling in court, scoring this as a victory for the parents. However the judge also ruled that the parents would continue to pay $292 per month over the course of the next two years for “food expenses.”
After winning the case, the parents now have to pay their son a court-ordered allowance until he turns 27 years old. So who’s the real winner here?
This isn’t the story of wealthy family and trust-fund baby either. His parents are working-class citizens, with the mother working at a restaurant and father at a garbage-collecting firm.
It seems just a matter of coddling gone long.
The twenty-something crowds in the United States catch a lot of flack for our failure to launch, but this kid is making us look good.