Yes, run they do!
One child fled to Cambodia where she is teaching English and Math to young Cambodian students. She left me stranded with the dishes.
Her older brother, when asked to take the trash out, migrated instead to Ontario, California, where he is employed as a corporate engineering project manager. Needless to say, he left me holding the bag.
Then there's my cat. I've asked him to help me with my eBay business. He feigned a fur ball attack and used the distraction to slip out the back door.
As a last resort, I looked at my wife. Before I could even say anything, she exclaimed, "Don't even go there..."