A 12-year-old from Idaho has successfully sued his parents after they promised him an Xbox for Christmas, a gift he never received.
Parents Nicholas Halley, 41, and Johanna Spitzberg, 39, were shocked to learn last week that their 12-year-old had summoned them to the small claims court over an Xbox.
Their surprise turned to frustration this week after Judge Andrew Reynolds ordered them to buy their 12-year-old son an Xbox and gave them a lecture on their moral duties as parents not to make false promises and not to lie to their children.
“After analyzing the overwhelming evidence, I find the defendants guilty as charged and order them to secure an Xbox to the plaintiff by the end of this week,” Judge Andrew Reynolds ruled in court.
“It was truly humiliating to hear the judge scold us before an audience and tell us how miserably we had failed as parents by making false promises and lying to our son,” mother Johanna Spitzberg, 39, told reporters in tears, visibly ashamed.
The 12-year-old had accumulated an impressive amount of evidence according to Judge Reynolds that proved without a doubt that the parents were at fault.
“I had taken pictures of my room every week after I cleaned it and showed the judge my school grades and gave him the contract my parents made me sign and the list of things I had to do in exchange of getting an Xbox for Christmas” Jeffrey Halley, 12, told reporters.
Apparently, Judge Reynolds was convinced that the young boy had “successfully fulfilled all elements included in the agreement” and that the contract was “enforceable by law” as such.
The parents of the 12-year-old are obligated by law to buy their son an Xbox by the end of the week and could face jail time of up to 15 days or more if they do not comply according to legal experts.