Is Honesty the Best Policy?

Have you heard about the twin boys who have $50,000 on the line after a prize winning hockey shot? 11 year old twin brothers, Nate and Nick, bought three $10 tickets to take a chance at a shot on goal during a charity hockey game for a cash prize last week.

When Nick's name was called, his family realized he had left the building and quickly sent his twin brother in his place. His brother, Nate, stepped up and took the shot for his brother. He shot a 3 inch puck into a 3 1/2 inch goal from a distance of 90 feet! You can watch the story and the amazing shot here:

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The family, never expecting him to make the shot, came clean soon after. Now event coordinators are unclear about whether the boys will receive the $50,000 after all, since the boy who made the shot was not the name on the ticket.

It's Feedback Friday...

Do you think the boy should be awarded the prize?

Was the father right to come forward with the truth?


  1. Tricky. My biggest concern was why did a 9 year old leave the building? I think the Dad was right to come forward, but I think they should still give them the $.

    Here is San Antonio our Mayor is a twin. While he was campaigning he sent his twin out to make appearances. The local news started realizing that he couldn't be in 2 spots at once. It was a mini-scandal. They said the twin never claimed to be his brother and everyone was just making false presumptions. I think they knew what they were doing and have always thought he was shady since. read all about it: http://www.ksat.com/politics/4402637/detail.html

  2. Of course it's right the father stepped forward.

    I think regardless, the family should get the money. I mean they're young boys and it was an amazing shot. It's not like they intentionally bought charity tickets and brought in a professional ringer to get the $$. The parents, not wanting the kid to miss an opportunity, sent the brother up instead.

  3. I think when they sent the twin down in his place they should have said, listen-the name you called is his brother,he left, can his twin go in his place-and left it up to them to decide. The boys are young and what is this teaching them about future situations like this. While I'd love to just keep the money-I value the honesty more.

  4. That's a tough one but I think they probably should not be awarded the money. I appreciate their honesty but I agree with Laura in that they should have admitted it was not the correct child in the first place.

  5. I think it was right for the dad to admit it.
    As far as the $$ goes, a parent bought a ticket for his child and his child made the shot. They should get the $$.

  6. I think the dad should have gone down with the twin, told them that the son they called was out of the building, but his twin brother is here and let those in charge decide if he should get the shot. Instead, the twin went down alone and when they asked him if his name was (whatever it was) he said yes...he lied to them.

    I'm glad that the family came forward with the truth...however...to send the wrong child down to begin with is a lie and it set him up to have to lie...I'm not okay with that.

    And even though it's a ridiculously amazing shot...I don't think he should get the money. That is the best way for the whole family to learn that honesty after the fact is not honesty.

  7. As soon as the boy lied about being Nick they forfeited the money in my mind. Way to go for coming forward.

  8. The lie really does bother me. It seems that the hockey team and the family could do something really good with the money together. Some kind of charity event or donation.

    Still a sweet shot by the boy. I think it was his moment not his brothers but it would've been best to say it up front that he was his twin.

  9. Well technically didn't the parents buy the tickets? I would have done the same thing that father did without even thinking about it. Six tickets, two brothers... I just don't think it is that big of a deal. The family clearly did not intend anything bad. They should cough up the dough.

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  11. Hmmm....that is tricky. I honestly would have done the same thing in their situation, just "Oh go ahead!" not thinking my kid would make it. I would have been too flustered to tell him to go tell the announcer that he was his twin.

    I think it was right that the family came forward, personally I would have been guilty out of my mind and I couldn't have kept it to myself.

    As harsh as it sounds...if I were running the contest I would probably not give them the money. Though they came forward, the prize money still wasn't "rightfully" his, and another child could have won the money. I would feel totally terrible, but I still think that is probably the right thing to do.

    Gah, this is a hard one.


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