A father of two high school boys was telling a group of us about an encounter he had last week that he was still quite agitated about. When he was done explaining the situation all of us had different suggestions on how he could have handled it. I'm curious where you weigh in.
His younger boy, a sophomore, had his iPhone lifted from his gym bag from his unlocked athletic locker. The same situation occurred the year before to his older brother, certainly compounding on multiple levels this father’s ire. After calling the cell phone with no answer a dozen times, they activated the lost iPhone app that generated a signal. They were in business! Together they jumped in the car and headed towards the signal. It led them first to a neighborhood, then to a street, then to a house!
Leaving his son in the car, the father, heart racing, rang the doorbell. When a gentleman answered the door, thoughts on what to say raced through his mind. He ended up holding up his cell phone showing the signal and stated "my son’s cell phone is indicating it’s in your home right now from my tracking device. Can you please bring it to me?" Startled, the man who answered the door said, "Please wait here, leaving the door open while walking away.”
After a few minutes that seemed like eternity, the man returned holding the cell phone and said, "Yes, my son had your phone. He found it under the bleachers at the school."
With that this guy grabbed his son’s phone with one hand, and punched the guy square in the nose with the other. Ok, he actually didn't do that, even if it would have felt really good to! Hah!
I will tell you what he did, and what I think I would have done, but again I'm curious on how you would have handled this situation? Would you have confronted the father? Asked to speak to the boy who found it? Gone to the police and never even have gone to the house? Something else?
There is no one right answer I don't think (although I'm sure there are a few wrong ones).
What would you have done?!