“meanest mom in the world” sells her son’s car

a mom in iowa found a bottle of alcohol under the seat of her 19 year-old son’s car, and placed this ad in the local classifieds:

“Totally uncool parents who obviously don’t love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for 3 weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet.”

i love it. i’m sure it ticked the kid off – but i like that she’s playing out natural consequences to both the alcohol and the comments he’d obviously made to her!

link to an article about it, which includes:

[She said] “The ad cost a fortune, but you know what? I’m telling people what happened here. I’m not just going to put the car for resale when there’s nothing wrong with it, except the driver made a dumb decision,” Hambleton said. “It’s overwhelming, the number of calls I’ve gotten from people saying, ‘Thank you, it’s nice to see a responsible parent.’ So far, there are no calls from anyone saying, ‘You’re really strict. You’re real overboard, lady.’ ”
Steven Hambleton, a freshman business major at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, obviously was not one of the callers. And he didn’t feel much like talking when contacted Tuesday.
“I don’t think you can print” his response to the ad, his mother said. “He’s very, very unhappy.”

(ht to neatorama)

5 thoughts on ““meanest mom in the world” sells her son’s car”

  1. I saw this story on the web and thought “man, I wish some of our youth parents would do something like this to get their kids attention.”

  2. I am a youth worker in Sioux City, and had no idea that that the guy went to college here in town. Small world I guess.

  3. that IS stinking funny. but i had a friend whose mom was overly clever in discipline, bordering on the embarrassment side, and it REALLY embittered him against her. Ten years later he still ignores her. as funny as it is, does it encourage the kid to change, or rebel even more?

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