I agree. He should not be penalized with an uncanonical baptism by pouring.
That is true, and no potential member of the Body of Christ should be penalized for that.
Ahh, thrust a stereotype into the conversation to try and win points. Old trick, old result - no dice. I've seen fonts designed by parishioners, crafted with their own hands; no one said anything about having gold, silver, platinum, marble, etc. fonts. Again, parishioners with the time, skill, and resources to do this are not in every parish.
You should know by now that pouring isn't "uncanonical," just not preferred. It's been referenced in this thread before.
A nice solution I've seen here is that a more well parish or two build in a full size font for aduts (btw, there are building codes to worry about), and let other parishes use the facilities as needed. Btw, we have baptzied plenty in horse troughs. We have two coming up next month, IIRC.
I know of a number of cities where the parishes do this; it's a wonderful cooperation, and in most cases a great display of inter-Orthodox cooperation!
"O Cross of Christ, all-holy, thrice-blessed, and life-giving, instrument of the mystical rites of Zion, the holy Altar for the service of our Great Archpriest, the blessing - the weapon - the strength of priests, our pride, our consolation, the light in our hearts, our mind, and our steps"
Met. Meletios of Nikopolis & Preveza, from his ordination.