Sometimes, it’s genuinely hard to get mad at little kids — especially your own children. They’re adorable and don’t mean any harm, but sometimes they can be downright destructive. Here’s a compilation of some of the most expensive things kids have lost, damaged, or destroyed.
There was a family man who worked in the diamond district in New York City. Over the years, he had periodically gifted his wife with various pieces of very fine, high-end diamond jewelry. The couple also had a preschool-aged daughter… uh oh. One day, after the woman had taken the time to clean all over her prized diamonds, she left them on a towel in the bathroom to dry. She assumed that it was a safe place to put them. She was horribly mistaken. Soon after, her daughter thought she’d help out her mother and attempted to wash the diamonds in the toilet. Every last diamond was flushed away. Hundreds of thousands of dollars down the toilet, like a dead goldfish.
Speaking of fish…
A Fishy Situation
One family were proud owners of o 90-gallon saltwater fish tank, easily worth over $3,000 considering fish, coral and everything in between. So, one night, the mother left the house for a night shift at work, leaving their young son alone with his father. Assuming that nothing could go wrong, the father left his son to his devices to roam around the house and play. But instead of playing with his toys, the boy decided to unplug all of the cords attached to the fish tank. The father didn’t notice and the two eventually went to bed. in the morning, everything in the tank was dead, and the house smelled like a Japanese fish market. Lovely.
At seven years old, a little boy went to the hardware store with his father to pick up some paint for his sister’s room. The lid wasn’t secured too well, so on the drive home it was the boy’s job to hold onto the paint and make sure that none of it got anywhere. He ended up spilling all of the paint in the interior of the car. The front seat, back seat, center console, and even the dashboard. He’s still convinced he’s partially deaf for how loud his dad yelled at him. How do you even fix that? Do you just give up and buy a new car?
As young kids, a sister and her brother were playing together. Out of nowhere, the sister asked her brother, “Want to see me throw a match in this trash can?” The brother ignored her, but she did it anyway. The family’s entire house burned down. Their father was convinced that the cause was one of their smoker neighbors cigarettes, and it took her over 20 years to tell him the truth. It’s incredible how long the brother went without telling on his sister. Wonder how long you get grounded for burning the house down?
An Eye For An Eye
When one mother’s daughter was six months old, she was being held on her lap while she innocently played with her toy. Then, the unexpected happened. The daughter suddenly became extremely excited and flailed her arms in the air. Her little fingernail dug deep into her mother’s eye, causing serious damage. The mother then underwent three very expensive surgeries and still doesn’t have clear vision out of one of her eyes. Although her eye is now a little disfigured with her pupil looking like an oval, she still has not told her daughter why even though she is grown up. She notes that she’ll only tell her if she asks when she’s an adult.
The next one’s going to hurt for anybody who’s been to college
Gone In A Second
One girl reports that when she was in high school, her mother was working on her master’s degree. One fateful day, as she was finishing up her 80-page final draft of her four-year master’s thesis, she got into an argument with the girl’s sister. The sister then shoved all of the books and papers off her desk. This caused the keyboard, as well as the rest of the computer, to come crashing down — causing the mother to lose her entire thesis. Without a word the mother took her daughter by the arm and led her outside where she locked her out of the house for two days. Although this can’t be measured in dollar signs, to the mother that paper was worth more than gold.
Joyride Gone Wrong
When this child was five years old, he felt a new level of responsibility after his parents had a new baby. With this new responsibility, he felt that it was the time he learned how to drive. When his parents weren’t watching he stole his dad’s keys, turned on the car, put it in reverse, and used both hands to press on the accelerator. He blasted through the garage door, totaled his mothers Toyota, then hit a tree which fell over on their neighbors RV. Scared, he ran down the street to his grandparents’ home until he was found by his parents.
A Decade Of Mystery
When one woman was a little girl, her mother miraculously lost her very nice, very expensive, very meaningful engagement ring. Having thought that she lost it, she was incredibly devastated and ashamed. However, a decade later, while going through old stuff for a garage sale, she found the ring shoved into the toilet of a Barbie house. Although the ring was recovered, I’m sure that its disappearance for 10 years was terrible enough. I wonder if the mother will ever let her daughter live that one down? Perhaps she should have hidden the daughter’s own ring once she became engaged.
You’re Free, Willy!
At around four or five years old, one little kid had a favorite little blue whale bath toy. However, he wanted nothing more than for it to be set free into the ocean with its friends. So, one night, before going out to dinner, the kid ran to the upstairs bathroom, clogged the sink, put his whale in the water, and left without turning the water off. Upon coming home from the restaurant, the family could hear the sound of running water from the upstairs bathroom. What they discovered was catastrophic. The upstairs bathroom had flooded and the floor had collapsed, creating a waterfall from the upstairs into the first story of the house. You can only imagine how much that cost.
Continue on to see how teenagers can be menaces too!
Something To Wine About
As teenagers, a young couple had the urge to get a little tipsy. However, they were underage, so the two had to come up with a solution to get their hands on some booze. So they broke into the girl’s father’s wine cellar, of course. Thinking that they were being considerate, they stole the oldest, rattiest looking bottle they could find and drank it out of the bottle like it was two-buck chuck from Trader Joe’s. As it turns out, they had pinched an incredibly rare, old, expensive vintage bottle of wine. Not only was it expensive, but the father had been saving it since his grandfather gave it to him, which his father had given to him. Hope the buzz was worth it.
Find Your Beach
Two sisters, ages four and six, decided one day that they wanted to go swimming. Unfortunately, they didn’t own a pool, so they did the next best thing and decided to make one. Instead of just making a pool, they decided to go one step further and make their own private beach. While their father was asleep, the two brought loads of sand into the house, covering up the heater vents and blocking the doors. They then proceeded to plug the sink with rags and turned on the faucet. By the time their father woke up, there were five inches of water in the kitchen. The family had to get all new flooring and sheetrock after the girls’ beach adventure.
Young Van Gogh
While on a cruise ship, there was an auction going on with very expensive items. There was also free champagne being served. Some people were drinking, and some were just there for the auction. A rather rowdy family came solely for the free drinks and allowed their children to run free, wreaking havoc and making a scene. If that wasn’t enough, one of the children had a crayon and colored all over a $15,000 painting. From the description of these parents, they probably encouraged their child’s aspirations to become an artist and weren’t bothered about the damage.
Licensed To Drive
While in high school, two teenage boys were trying to get something from the attic. However, one of the boy’s older sister’s car was under the entrance. They were home alone and neither of them knew how to drive, so they took matters into their own hands. The girl’s brother got the keys and turned the car on. Not knowing how to use a gear shift, he put it in neutral and panicked. He then threw it into drive and ended up driving into his father’s motorcycle, totaling it, as well as driving through the wall and into the kitchen. That must have to be hard to explain when his parents got home.
The Floor Is Lava
Nowadays in school, it is not unusual for each child to be assigned their own small laptop or iPad. However, after each school year, it is the teacher’s responsibility to reset all of them in preparation for the next class. One unfortunate teacher took her 16 iPads home on the last day of school to clear all of the data. She laid them all out on the floor of her study as they were being reset. Without her knowing, her young daughter came in and played the game “the floor is lava” walking over all of the screens. Every iPad was broken after this.
Scissor Wars: A Lost Hope
Twenty years ago, one man’s son was being “creative” and making his own jigsaw puzzles. He decided to take a pair of scissors to his father’s Star Wars: A New Hope original 1977 movie poster. Although the poster is estimated to be worth around $2,000, the father had no choice but to shrug it off since his son didn’t know any better. However, now that the son has grown up, he has become a Star Wars fanatic as well and says he would do anything to have such a poster. Bummer, dude. Scissor regrets.
Born To Be A Chef
When he was four, one kid’s parents saved up and splurged on an entirely new kitchen with a state-of-the-art oven, stove, new cabinets, everything. So, to show off their gorgeous home improvements, they had the entire neighborhood over to marvel at their new kitchen. After the viewing party, the parents were preoccupied with the six-week-old baby, leaving the four-year-old unsupervised. He figured that he’d try out the kitchen himself and began putting all of his crayons, toys, and stuffed animals into the oven and on top of the stove. Not long after, the entire kitchen was on fire — causing over $10,000 in damages.
The Day The Music Died
During the summertime, a little girl wanted to go ice skating. So, instead of asking her parents to take her to an ice rink, she decided she was going to do it in her own house. So what did she do? She found her parents giant and very expensive record collection, took the records out of their sleeves, and used them as skates as she slid across the floor. She ruined every single album. Not only were some of those albums extremely expensive, but many of them had priceless memories attached to them. Someday when she grows up, she’ll end up resenting herself for that.
Your Other Right!
When one kid was just 14, his father decided it was okay to take him driving in an abandoned parking lot. The lot was completely empty except for a pile of asphalt at one end where there was a turn. When approaching the mound of blacktop, his father told him to go right. The son panicked, accelerated, and went left. They ended up driving right on top of the asphalt mound. The small crash ended up totaling the car because it broke the axle. The car was a company car — a recently upgraded Lincoln. He sure had some explaining to do.
The Whopper Incident
A father, who was once in the Navy, thought that it would be a good idea to give his young son a tour of a Naval ship. He was wrong. While giving the tour, he let his son wander around and explore for himself while he spoke with some sailors. What he didn’t know was that his son was dropping his Whopper malt candy balls down into any opening he could find. This is a major code violation as well as a safety hazard, so the crew ended up spending days trying to find them all. It was later reported to the father years later that the crew could still hear the candies rolling around in the ship. That’s a piece of government property you don’t want to mess with.
He Just Wanted A Wii
One father was really excited to get a Wii gaming console as a present for himself. Not only was he planning on using it as entertainment, but he was also going to try and use it as a distraction to help him quit smoking. However, he notes that his 16-month-old son didn’t see it as a gaming console, but rather as a place to shove his alphabet magnets into. Clearly, this destroyed the entire console and the father mentions that he still smokes. I’m sure he smoked an entire pack after this incident.