He got into an argument with his mother and decided the best way to punish her was to fly solo to Bali.
At 12, many of us spent our free time binge-watching Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon. Some of us might have been kings and queens of the playground (oh, those were the days!). Nowadays, with kids so in tune with the digital world, they are so tech savvy, their version of "getting up to no good" is stealing a credit card and taking a solo trip to Bali.
Yup. This 12-year-old Australian boy decided to use the family credit card to book a solo trip to Bali after getting into an argument with his mother.
The Guardian reported that the boy purchased the ticket from an airline that allows 12-year-olds to fly without adult supervision. (This shows some pretty good foresight, if I do say so myself.)
He also booked a hotel room and then tricked his grandmother into giving him his passport!
At this point, most of us would have gotten caught. But not him! He subsequently lied to his family about going to school, rode his scooter to a nearby train station, got himself to the airport, got on a flight to Perth, then to Indonesia.
ALL BY HIMSELF. (Truth be told, we're kind of impressed.)
The Guardian verified that the boy successfully made the trip. He was only questioned once by airport staff once to prove his age.
"They just asked for my student ID and passport to prove that I’m over 12 and that I’m in secondary school," he told 'A Current Affair', an Australian talk show.
Once he arrived in Bali, he checked himself in to All Seasons Hotel and told staff that he was waiting for his sister to join him. (That's a pretty fancy hotel for a 12-year-old to be staying at!)
"It was great because I wanted to go on an adventure," the 12-year-old said.
It was only after he was reported absent from his school that his family searched for him, only to discover that he was in Bali all on his own.
Shocked, his mother Emma had to take the next flight out to get him.
"There’s no emotion to feel what we felt when we found he left overseas," his mother said, when asked how she felt about her son's adventure.
What an expensive "punishment" this is, for her son to impose onto the family.
What would you do if you found out your kids stole your credit card to book a solo trip overseas? Let us know in the comments.
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