The ‘balloon boy’ family just got a pretty large bill. The hoax that has been billed as the ‘balloon boy hoax’ has a bill attached to it now, as the Larimer County District Attorney’s office has claimed they have sent a bill to the perpetrators of the hoax. Richard and Mayumi Heene are being charged $42,000 for the work that Colorado police, the National Guard, and the Federal Aviation Administration had to put in trying to save their missing child. The problem was that he was never actually missing, and when it was discovered that they had lied about the whole thing, the public sentiment went from worry to anger in two seconds flat.
If the original news story somehow slipped past your radar, on the morning of October 15th, 2009 the Heene family reported that their son Falcon Heene had taken a hot air balloon from the house and was flying across Colorado in it. The worry for the boy’s safety became pretty intense, and many people around the nation were anchored to their television screens hoping that somehow the boy could be saved. As the balloon hurtled across the state, the thoughts quickly became dire as the balloon began heading for the ground. Even when the balloon crashed with nobody inside, the fear just changed to, “did the boy fall out?” Later that week it was discovered that the Heene’s had lied to get on television.
Now the announcement has come out that the idea constructed in the mind of someone who has serious issues could cost the family around $42,000. This bill is due to all of the man hours and funds that were used in the search and investigation into the faked disappearance of Falcon Heene. It’s a good thing that these agencies have stood up to enforce that the bills be paid, and it’s a positive step towards making sure that people don’t lie to the authorities about things like this in the future. Maybe this could dissuade the next person who was thinking about pulling a stunt in order to draw attention to themselves.
I think it’s also time that the state steps up and makes a real example of the Heene family. Start with making the money due at the end of the month, and then add on the cost of the investigation into their lies by the local police department. Every single cent that went into this from a state level should be charged to the Heene’s, and the bill collectors should be sent out right away. It’s cases like these that cost states money that could be going towards better projects and programs, and when we are talking about thousands and thousands of dollars, someone needs to become the poster-child for why stunts like this should never be attempted again.
Balloon Boy Family Billed