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Meanest mom’ sells car after finding liquor
Iowa woman shares teen son’s misdeed with the world via newspaper ad



updated 6:52 p.m. CT, Wed., Jan. 9, 2008
DES MOINES, Iowa - Jane Hambleton has dubbed herself the "meanest mom on the planet."

After finding alcohol in her son's car, she decided to sell the car and share her 19-year-old's misdeed with everyone — by placing an ad in the local newspaper.

The ad reads: "OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don't love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet."



Hambleton has heard from people besides interested buyers since recently placing the ad in The Des Moines Register.

The 48-year-old from Fort Dodge says she has fielded more than 70 telephone calls from emergency room technicians, nurses, school counselors and even a Georgia man who wanted to congratulate her.

"The ad cost a fortune, but you know what? I'm telling people what happened here," Hambleton says. "I'm not just gonna put the car for resale when there's nothing wrong with it, except the driver made a dumb decision.

"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.'"

The only critic is her son, who Hambleton says is "very, very unhappy" with the ad and claims the alcohol was left by a passenger.

Hambleton said she believes her son but has decided mercy isn't the best policy in this case. She says she set two rules when she bought the car at Thanksgiving: No booze, and always keep it locked.

The car has been sold, but Hambleton says she will continue the ad for another week — just for the feedback.
 

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yep, I read this last night, and told the wife about it....

I love that woman.... just when you think you may lose all hope in the world, someone steps up to the plate, and hits a home run....

God bless you , mean mom.....
 

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The first time my dad caught me sneeking back into the house (about 2am) after being out all night drinking and stuff, he cooked Chili for lunch the next day and made me mow the church lawn. I threw up probably 20 times and never did it again....well...the gettin' caught part anyway.
 

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Here's to parents that loved us enought to straighten us out when we needed it, and a prayer that I'll be able to do the same thing. :thumb:
 

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I wish that more people were hard on their kids when they needed it. The world would have a lot less screwballs!
 

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Mean mom? I don't think so. This kid should be thankful to have a mom that loves him enough to do something like this. I say she is a great mom, and we need more like her. :applaud:
 

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The first time my dad caught me sneeking back into the house (about 2am) after being out all night drinking and stuff, he cooked Chili for lunch the next day and made me mow the church lawn. I threw up probably 20 times and never did it again....well...the gettin' caught part anyway.
Mine gave me peanut butter and molasses sandwiches to eat and made me split wood all day. I didn't know that you could use your toes to help you throw up until that day.:eek:
 

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Mine gave me peanut butter and molasses sandwiches to eat and made me split wood all day. I didn't know that you could use your toes to help you throw up until that day.:eek:
Mine woke me up at 5:30 am and mom cooked runny eggs. Then dad hauled me off to the woods and we cut firewood half the day in blistering humid heat also.

I am kinda dumb and dont learn too quick, we spent many a day cutting that wood while I was pukin runny eggs and stale beer. :biggrin: :fit:
 

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Mine woke me up at 5:30 am and mom cooked runny eggs. Then dad hauled me off to the woods and we cut firewood half the day in blistering humid heat also.

I am kinda dumb and dont learn too quick, we spent many a day cutting that wood while I was pukin runny eggs and stale beer. :biggrin: :fit:
After high school there was no curfew's anymore but the on rule of the house was when work was to be done and you was not working yourself or in school you helped on what ever job was going on. No matter what time I came in 5am I got drug out of bed by the ankle and spent many days on a hot roof. Like you rjet I was a very slow learner myself.:smack: Now I laugh at how foolish I really was.:stooges: :fit:
 
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