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The cashier, when approached was quite arrogant. She 'knew' the boy was 21-22 years old and was a plasterer or a brickie. He was a very young 17 year old who had just lost his father to cancer.
I feel some of the responsibility at least has to rest with her. You cannot cash your own cheque without your cheque card, there is a limit to the amount you can cash in a cheque in one transaction even with your card, and yet for a stranger who bought nothing in the shop she handed out 850 euro without a thought,
How can a 17 year old without a job pay back the 850 euro? - which was of course long gone before the parent discovered what had happened.
Thanks for your help, though it's not really what I wanted to hear. However I always understood that 18 was the age of legal responsibility and that an under-18 year old would not be legally responsible and accountable, though he was obviously in the wrong for what he did,
Thanks again for your help