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'Balloon' Fam Gets $42,000 Bill

12/22/2009 4:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The two morons behind that terrible "Balloon Boy" stunt are finally going to have to pay the price for all of their dumbassery -- a cool $42,000.

'Balloon' Fam Gets $42,000 Bill

The Larimer County District Attorney's office claims it sent the bill to Richard and Mayumi Heene -- demanding the couple pay restitution to the agencies which took part in the rescue attempt when they thought 6-year-old Falcon Heene had gone airborne in a massive Jiffy Pop-style hot air balloon.

According to the Denver Post, the DA claims the Heene's $42k will go towards the police, the national guard and the Federal Aviation Administration -- who all played a role on October 15.

A lawyer for the Heenes claims they won't pay a cent until they see receipts and records -- we're pretty sure there's no shortage of TV footage.

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31.

Rita    

Calling Child Protective Services, hello, hello, helloooooo, where are you? These so-called parents need to have a reality check. Take those untrained, wild children away from the obviously unrepentant and unfit parents before its too late...there may still be a chance to get them to some real parents who can instill some values and morals into them. The Heene weenies need to be sent a real bill for the full amount of the chaos they caused, including the cost to the farmer who lost his crops....and NO REALITY SHOW FOR THEM, NO INTERVIEWS, NO TV APPEARANCES please, unless every dime they would be paid is given to their victims!

1768 days ago
32.

sammi    

you play you pay

1768 days ago
33.

creep    

He is delusional and just wanted the spot light. I don't think it was about money at all. I think he is happy and succeded in his mind.

1768 days ago
34.

Pistol    

They went easy on them. They should be thankful and pay up.

1768 days ago
35.

notabunny    

Hey Richard Heene, how come you're not posting on this little news item? I know you loooove to see your name out there and that you've posted before... you troll. Be glad they didn't charge you more, dumbass, and pay up.

1768 days ago
36.

???????????????????????    

THEY WONT PAY A CENT IS BECAUSE THESE TWO LOSERS DONT HAVE IT...WATCH...THEY WILL BE FILING BANKRUPTCY TO AVOID PAYING THIS BILL! SO LARAMER COUNTY WILL GET SQUAT!

1768 days ago
37.

notabunny    

Oh and you suck at raising children, perfect example of people who should not reproduce. Damn.

1768 days ago
38.

u    

These people are crazy and they should have to pay all that and then some!!!!!!!!!!!!

1768 days ago
39.

c hris    

They should only have to pay for the incidentals incurred because of the hoax. Fuel, off-duty officers, etc. They shouldn't have to pay for the ON-DUTY police officers and guardsmen who came to help. They were getting paid either way. I'd request receipts, too.

1768 days ago
40.

Shannon    

I totally think they got off way too easy! They should have got a bill 5 or 6 times that in retrospect it cost at least $500 for an Ambulance to just take you three blocks to the hospital. Really, $42,000 is too little.

Not to mention the fact they should be jail. I should say they should pay it and consider themselves lucky.

1768 days ago
41.

bebe    

I agree with #3 they should have put these two in JAIL and taken their kids. If someone would use the kids like that it is just so so bad and they dont deserve to have them. I am so glad they have to pay for what they did and I agree also that it is a lot more money. The father should be ashamed of himself but I think he is proud of what he did what a dork

1768 days ago
42.

Grouch    

Lawyer????

I'll bet he costs more than $42k...

Put then all in jail... the "lawyer" too.

1768 days ago
43.

creep    

He is delusional. He can turn this publicity around into a stepping stone in his mind. It is not about money. They have none. He won.

1768 days ago
44.

JP    

The Heenes (I call them the "Weenes") are a couple of useless ingrates, and I'm pretty sure Richard is a sociopath. He's definitely a narcissist. Anyway, they can pretty much be described as the poster children for "everything that's wrong with America today." And I would love to see them serve some time in addition to having to reimburse the authorities the money that was spent. Sure, that would end up costing taxpayers even more...but it would also serve them right.

1768 days ago
45.

kadengirl    

go to jail - do not pass go - go directly to jail - and stay there. this world does not need people like these two. and a federal agency should take their kids away from them and send mom packing back to Japan.

1768 days ago
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