More than one third of parents have lied about their children’s age in order to get discount tickets for travel and events, according to research.
A poll of 1,500 mums and dads also found that one in 10 have trained their kids to lie about how old they are if they are question by practicing lines in advance.
Other tactics include hiding their little ones from ticket inspectors, asking them to pretend to be asleep and telling them to put on a younger-sounding voice.
One tenth of the population says they’ve gone to ‘extreme’ lengths in order to get reduced fares for their family days out.
More than a quarter of parents believe it’s completely acceptable to try and make their child look younger to get discounts on tickets of entry to events.
On average, parents who are happy to be fast and loose with the truth have fibbed about their children about four times in order to save a penny or two.
Dads are more likely than mums to to encourage the questionable behaviour to save money, according to the research.
Those in the north-east were found to be the most honest when it comes to stretching the truth to save money, with residents from Yorkshire and the Humber most likely to try and scam their way into cheaper fares.
Young parents aged 18-24 are more than twice as likely to try an bend the rules for cheaper tickets than those aged 55 or older.
The research was commissioned by Heathrow Express, in partnership with iconic Scottish comedy duo The Krankies, to support their campaign.
Together, they created a video which saw Wee Jimmy Krankie go undercover and try and blag a free ticket on the Heathrow Express.
Ian Tough, star of the Krankies, said:
We’ve loved bringing back Janette’s character to see if the Oldest Kid in Town can even try to pull off what so many parents continue to do across the country.
Thanks to Heathrow Express and their free tickets for children 15 and under, we were able to just about pull it off.
Fraser Brown, director at Heathrow Express, added:
It’s been a lot of fun working with the Krankies to see if they can still pull off the legendary Wee Jimmy Krankie character.
For those travelling on the Heathrow Express with children, there is no need to tell any fibs because all children aged 15 and under get free tickets.
You can also get your tickets for a cheaper fare too if you book in advance – head to the website today to book.
No need to dig out the old school uniform then.