Today I made my 10 yr old stepson take a freezing cold shower. Sounds mean right? Well here is why. Said child daily goes into the bathroom turns on the shower and instead of waiting the minute it takes for the water to get hot, he goes to the living room and starts watching cartoons and FORGETS that he turned the water on. He has so far managed to completely empty this 40 gallon water heater on 6 different occasions. He has been grounded for it (usually one day in room after school) Lost t.v. and video game privileges (the first time for 2 days the 2nd time for a week) and he has lost his allowance for a week. He is not getting the message. So he did it again today and I have places I need to be. I told him tough you need to get in the shower right now, I don't care if there isn't any hot water left, it's not my fault. On the flip side I am going to go and take my own freezing cold shower in about 10 minutes. Was I wrong to do this, he seems pretty upset about it. I did kick the heater on and bumped it up to 78 so it wouldn't be cold when he got out.