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Judy And Her Lie

  1. Mar 27, 2005 #1
    Judy was a twelve-year-old girl. Her mother promised her that she could go to a special rock concert coming to their town if she saved up from baby-sitting and lunch money to buy a ticket to the concert. She managed to save up the fifteen dollars the ticket cost plus another five dollars. But then her mother changed her mind and told Judy that she had to spend the money on new clothes for school. Judy was disappointed and decided to go to the concert anyway. She bought a ticket and told her mother that she had only been able to save five dollars. That Saturday she went to the performance and told her mother that she was spending the day with a friend. A week passed without her mother finding out. Judy then told her older sister, Louise, that she had gone to the performance and had lied to her mother about it. Louise wonders whether to tell their mother what Judy did.

    Should Louise, the older sister, tell their mother that Judy lied about the money or should she keep quiet? Why?
     
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  3. Mar 27, 2005 #2
    Are you looking for the morally correct answer or what I would do as an individual?
     
  4. Mar 27, 2005 #3
    both .... morally and what if u were judy ?
     
  5. Mar 27, 2005 #4

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    If I were Judy in that situation I would have kept my lip zipped and not told Louise. Two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead.
     
  6. Mar 28, 2005 #5

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    Judy and Louise wouldn't be Joe's sisters would they? :biggrin:

    If Judy confessed to lying, it would be appropriate for Louise to recommend that Judy tell their mother the truth.
     
  7. Mar 28, 2005 #6

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    Are you old or something!?

    Judy will burst out laughing and ask Louise if she's told her mother about her boyfriend, Jack, yet Kids have to band together and never tell their ....

    Uhh, wait a minute. I almost forgot. I'm kind of old, too, and have teenage kids.

    Yeah, yeah, Louise should tell Judy to tell her mother the truth. And Judy should listen to her. :rofl:
     
  8. Mar 28, 2005 #7

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    I don't know what possessed Judy to tell Louise, but Louise should just keep her mouth shut, unless their mom asks directly (don't lie to mom, but the damage is already done, so leave it to Judy to deal with it if mom doesn't ask). It would be a little different if it was before the concert and Louise knew Judy was going to sneak out before she did it. Then it might be more appropriate for Louise to clue mom in. It also depends on whether Judy just told Louise everything, or if she swore Louise to secrecy before telling her. If there was no agreement of secrecy, then Louise can blab to anyone she wants.
     
  9. Mar 28, 2005 #8

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    Yeah, Bob, I am one of your contemporaries - old with teenage kids.

    On the other hand, that is the morality/ethics I have always practiced. :smile:
     
  10. Mar 28, 2005 #9
    I was the youngest of 7 children..If I would of told mom, they all would of beat me up. I say keep your mouth shut and stay alive!
     
  11. Mar 28, 2005 #10

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    Things of the past belong in the past. Anybody who would bring up the past for the sole purpose of hurting somebody is just a jerk.
     
  12. Mar 29, 2005 #11

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    I would have just given her 15 bucks and two quarters: One for calling me if she couldn't get home and the other one in case she lost the first one.
     
  13. Mar 29, 2005 #12
    judy still has five dollars, right? probably a lot of money for judy. might be enough to keep my mouth closed. course five dollars isn't that much to me. is there anything else judy might throw in to make the deal sweeter?
     
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