As it turned out it was him all along.
So, not only do I owe the lunchroom a grand total of $83.00 for various plates of pizza, hamburgers and the ever popular cheese sticks, but I feel like the biggest idiot that ever an idiot was for defending him to the end.
Even Cosme wasn't buying his story 100%. He suggested that maybe, just maybe, he was indeed getting in the line and grabbing a hamburger....or two. Of course, my response was "absolutely, positively not. There is no way he was doing it. No way." Besides, he knew how much love and effort I put into his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.....not to mention his little bag of carrots. I refused to believe that he would toss that all aside for a mozzarella cheese stick. No matter how tasty.
Ok, here's the story. As you know, in Part 1 of ......."There's No Way My Kid Ate $83 Worth of Pizza" and Other Misconceptions of the Kindergarten Years, I was under the impression that my innocent little angel was exonerated due to a highly publicized case of mistaken identity. After all, we had a thorough and effective perp line up, we got sworn statements from his friends, associates and the lunch lady, and we even brought in the same lie detector official that Maury Povich uses. It was a solid open and shut case. And, once I got the ID clearance from Lunch Lady A, I walked away without looking back.
Until I got another call from the school district. What the....I oughta....uggg...I hate bureaucracy.....
Well, it turns out the only bureaucracy I was dealing with was a 6 year old kindergartner holding a tray full of pizza. When I went into the school to complain about there being "some sort of horrible mistake" and "there has to be some other kid eating on my tab," it turns out, according to the head lunch lady, that it was indeed him. She even went into the classroom to point him out.
So after grilling him some more when he got home, it appears that he would eat his lunch at snack time and then just waltz into the lunch room to get his second course. Sigh.
It's going to be a long twelve years...... :0)
Talk to you later! Karin