The real issue behind this story is the alcohol that was contributed to a minor along with alcohol not being kept in a safe place so the kid could not get his hands on further alcohol. I see no manipulation but a kid telling a lie.
We had a 15yr old exchange student from Ukraine and he asked if he could have a beer because he was allowed to drink it at home. What was our answer to him asking for the beer? *Sorry dude you are only 15 yrs old. No can do as you are under age and it is illegal for you to drink let alone for us to give you beer or any alcohol here in Canada*.
It would not have mattered what he said because law is law. The man made his own decision to give the kid the beer. Whether the kid was lying or testing the man out there is no manipulation in asking even by adding that his parents let him drink.
The part about the boy’s parents leaving him with basically a stranger is another issue all together.
My opinion is the man was 100% in fault.
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