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    Dad tells 5-year-old, 'You did the crime, you walk the line'

    A TERRITORY man has been making his five-year-old son walk two-and-a-half hours to school every day, after he was kicked off the school bus.


    When Jack Burt confessed that he'd been banned for five days for hitting the bus driver in the head with an apple core, dad Sam thought he should learn the hard way.
    He and Jack last week were getting up at 5.10am for the dusty 13km-hike from the Darwin rural area of Herbert, all the way to Humpty Doo.
    Mr Burt also took the wheels off Jack's bike so he couldn't be tempted to ride to school.
    At the end of the old-fashioned punishment, Mr Burt, 38, took out a public notice in the Northern Territory News.
    "Jack Burt and his dad wish to thank all the kind people who stopped to offer them lifts in the past week," the ad read.
    "It's good to see a number of good people in the community."
    "Jack hopes to be allowed back on the bus on Monday."
    But in the battle of wills between tall and short, the smart money's on Jack.
    "Shame it didn't work," Mr Burt said.
    "He got back on the bus Monday, and within three stops he was in trouble again. I couldn't believe it.
    "I don't understand - he's good at school, he gets awards all the time."
    So it was back on the road again the next day - with seven-year-old sister Caitlyn, who was fighting with Jack on the bus at the time, in tow.
    "He mucks up again, he's walking - that's what he's been told," Mr Burt said.
    While Jack has been a "tough little nut" and "taken it on the chin" - scoffing three boxes of Nutri-Grain last week - dad's feeling about an inch shorter.
    Mr Burt, who owns a crash repair shop in Palmerston, has also been sacrificing his nights, working back late because his morning starts have been delayed.
    "But I'm doing it for a good cause," he said.
    However, a breakthrough might be in sight.
    When Jack this week said he didn't mind walking - because it made him strong for fighting - he was told if he started fighting he might have to walk home in the afternoons too.
    Jack's eyes got a little teary.
    He said he might not get home before dark.
    Mr Burt told him not to worry - they'd leave the key out for him.

    Dad tells 5-year-old, 'You did the crime, you walk the line' - Northern Territory News

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    He'll be wrestling crocs by 8yo for sure.

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    Fuckin Aussies is to much,, hahahahahaha

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    he will kill his dad when he is a teenager, as revenge

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    Fuckin Aussies have more sense in their pinkies than the state-dependent, libbie gimme gimme gimme Eurotards got in their whole head.

    This father is teaching his kid the consequences of his actions. It will make the kid a better person. He's walking with his kid, too. Hours of dad-son time in the outdoors. Good exercise.

    Two thumbs up from Texpat.

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    Yep, fair play to the old man for all the same reasons Tex mantioned.

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    Hahah, actually made me laugh. I bet all these lessons are for nothing as the son is one stubborn little fellow :-)

    edit: Kind of reminds me of my own little brother back when I was young, he not only looked the same he behaved just the way !
    He would sit through any punishment stubborn as hell, just to do it again next time.

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    My son once fucked up while riding his bike. My solution was that he lose the use of his bike for a week.

    First question from him and wife, "how will he get to school". When I said that he should walk (probably 20 minutes tops), it'll teach him consequenses of his actions. The looks I got from both of them just made me shake my head. TiT

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    Did you stick to your guns or did ya cave in? (biggest mistake you can make)

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    Bloody great Dad that bloke, for doing the walk with his son and sticking to his guns. The kid will thank him for it when he gets older enough to understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    Did you stick to your guns or did ya cave in? (biggest mistake you can make)
    I stuck to my guns, but his mother drove him to school for a week.

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    Used to work in Howard Springs, near Humpty Doo - hitched loads of times and they used to apologise if they couldn't offer you a spliff. Maybe that's why they refused the lifts.



    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe
    "Jack Burt and his dad wish to thank all the kind people who stopped to offer them lifts in the past week," the ad read.

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    THREE thumbs up from Jools the mutant hard-liner. Good exercise for the kid and probably will insure that he actually learns a lesson. Bravo!!




    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    Fuckin Aussies have more sense in their pinkies than the state-dependent, libbie gimme gimme gimme Eurotards got in their whole head.

    This father is teaching his kid the consequences of his actions. It will make the kid a better person. He's walking with his kid, too. Hours of dad-son time in the outdoors. Good exercise.

    Two thumbs up from Texpat.

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    Second time, I'd have taken his shoes off him

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    It will make the kid a better person. He's walking with his kid, too. Hours of dad-son time in the outdoors. Good exercise.
    The kid will probably end up with skin cancer and sue his Dad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    Fuckin Aussies have more sense in their pinkies than the state-dependent, libbie gimme gimme gimme Eurotards got in their whole head.
    Thats not tue TP I went to Aussie land once and was easily the most intelligent person there by a distance lovely people but thick as fok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    This father is teaching his kid the consequences of his actions. It will make the kid a better person. He's walking with his kid, too. Hours of dad-son time in the outdoors. Good exercise. Two thumbs up from Texpat.
    yup. good father.

    and good that he did it with him too.

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    What is sad is that this makes world news.

    Every father should do the same thing if in that position. Good man.

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    Check out the look on that kids face. He's planning his next crime as he walks to school.

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    Just goes to show.... even after generations there is still a criminal element in your average Aussie. It may have started with stealing a sheep a long time ago in mother England but the gene pool remains shallow.




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    When Jack Burt confessed that he'd been banned for five days for hitting the bus driver in the head with an apple core, dad Sam thought he should learn the hard way.

    "He got back on the bus Monday, and within three stops he was in trouble again. I couldn't believe it.
    Looks like he really took it all in and learnt his lesson.

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    I'd like to know more about the kids history of misbehaving before I make a judgement.
    If this is just a one off sort of falling foul of societies rules the kid might learn a good lesson.

    But, at risk of pre-judging the kid he does sound like he might be a little sociopath.

    Just like there are people born without arms or legs sometimes, there are people born without a sense of social conscience sometimes. Being social animals, a social conscience is essential to the functioning of an interdependent society. Its an evolutionary thing bred into all of us to varying degrees.
    But people born without a social conscience or less of a social conscience than normal tend to be self focused. They tend to get into trouble as kids because of their anti-social behaviour because all that matters to them is what THEY want.

    A lot of these types of kids end up in prison when they grow up, but the more intelligent ones figure out how to work the system to their own advantage. The smart sociopaths learn how to fake a social conscience, like feigning remorse when they get caught doing something selfish or wrong. The really smart sociopaths become very apt at working peoples emotions and usually prosper in society because they are not hindered by a social conscience to stop them making unethical decisions. There is a theory that these types tend to be very successful in business and generally rise to the top because of their attributes (or lack of them in some cases).

    I worked under such a man. He is now doing life, 25 years minimum, for butchering 2 prostitutes with a bayonet.

    He was a megalomaniac to his subordinates yet highly intelligent and highly regarded by the big bosses. We had 18 stop work meetings in a 2 year period over his lack of empathy to subordinates and abuse of authority. Each time we got into a meeting with the bosses he would sit there and apologise after putting his (bs) side of the story. He was under treatment from a psychiatrist for a "personality disorder" and he had a letter from the shrink saying that if he was demoted it would be detrimental to his recovery.
    The bosses loved him and defended him vigorously. They even promoted him for doing such a good job.

    What I am saying here is that some people are just born bad. The dumb ones end up in jail and the really smart ones end up running companies and business empires. Some may even end up running a whole country.

    I have to wonder if places like wall street don't have more than their fair share of these types of sociopaths.

    Here a link about the murderous sociopath I spoke about above.
    Australian Medic Jailed for Murder; Wife Blames Job — (EMSResponder.com)

    It makes you wonder how many more of them are out there.

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    Rod Ansell lived nearby.....believe he walked to school as a youngster also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    Every father should do the same thing if in that position. Good man.
    I'm guessing not, but if this is the only 'quality' time that the father spends with his son then he might be prompted to act up more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    he will kill his dad when he is a teenager, as revenge
    Then flee to England for asylum, pleading he was a poor abused kid and now an orphan...should get loads of support.

    Good on dad for patience and trying, in my day the kid would earn more than a lesson in civility.

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