To OP's shock, the principal handed out tumbler mugs instead of the promised $15 refund
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OP expressed her opposition to the principal's sneaky move
She said the students and their parents prefer the mug over the money anyway. The principal reasoned that any parent who found an issue with it should call her to ask for their money back.
The school failed to deliver on the service their students paid for, the correct thing to do would have been to refund them immediately
$15 can mean the difference between starving and a meal for people who are living below the poverty line
Refunding would be best but the principal could have at least consulted with the parents if they want a redo of the activity or have their hard-earned money returned to them
OP can look into the agreement and see if the principal broke other clauses of the licensing contract
A Redditor pointed out the Title 1 School funding administrators are strict about charging students money for activities
The principal is in big trouble. It's why she's doing her best to make OP believe that this is a non-issue.
This is a hill to die on, OP
This detail can prove to be useful if/when OP needs it
She is not stealing from faceless people. She is stealing from students and their families. The students who she's supposed to be protecting.
What in the world is a Game Truck Day and why does it cost $25?
They need to make the parents aware that a refund is being processed because this is theft in broad daylight
$1,200 is a lot of money to just disappear with no trace
OP should keep talking about all of "mistakes" (see: crimes) that happened that week
They weren't even new tumblers intended for the event?
Paper-trail is OP's new best friend
That's a quick call for OP to make. No trouble at all.
Looks like OP is not letting this issue go
A Redditor warned OP against any potential retaliation from the school principal
OP's armed and ready to face the principal
Do you think the principal spent the money elsewhere, as some Redditors believe? She must have because she's so adamant against refunding the students.
$1,200 is not an insignificant amount of money, and for the principal to think it's not a big deal that it just disappeared is highly suspicious. We are on the lookout for any articles or interviews that OP may give in the future, just in case the principal didn't wise up.