Like many of the Socs in The Outsiders, Bob is "spoiled rotten" by his parents. He is good-looking, has lots of money, a nice car, expensive clothes and plenty of rings on his fingers. He also has Cherry Valance, a beautiful cheerleader, as a girlfriend. He has no curfew to observe and there seems to be no limit to what he and his Soc friends will do when they spot a few outnumbered greasers on the streets. But it is precisely this lack of supervision and limits set by his parents that Bob most desires, according to Randy. When Randy meets up with Ponyboy at the Tasty Freeze, he explains that Bob only wanted his parents to
"... say "No," and they never did... To have somebody lay down the law, set the limits, give him something solid to stand on."
Randy says that Bob would still be alive if "his old man had belted him--just once."