MvdP was dumb, exasserbated as he surely was on the eve of a mega appointment. He should have handled the situation differently, but decrying mistreatment of those poor creatures is ridiculous. They had it coming and then some. Why is that we, and in this case the mother, put "innocent" rascals on a pedestal? In my day, my father would have gotten to the bottom of it. If I had behaved as those girls, I would have had my ears boxed, other than call the police. And if I hadn't, my father would have beaten the *** out of the guy.