A couple from Queensland, Australia, is taking cruel and unusual punishment to a new level, disciplining their teenage daughter by doing the unthinkable: Putting the tickets they bought her to an upcoming One Direction concert up for sale on eBay.
The description for the auction, written by seller tsfe, reads, “You can thank my daughters self righteous and lippy attitude for their sale. See sweety? And you thought I was bluffing. I hope the scowl on your b****y little friends faces when you tell them that your dad and i revoked the gift we were giving you all reminds you that your PARENTS are the ones that deserve love and respect more than anyone.”
The mother’s post doesn’t stop there. What initially seems like a parent making good on a threat and teaching her daughter a lesson in a creative way, quickly turns into a tirade and a very public shaming.
“...OH YOUR FRIENDS THOUGHT THAT A FEW PRANKS CALLS WOULD PUT ME OFF SELLING THE GIFT WE BOUGHT FOR THEM for YOUR BIRTHDAY because YOU all LIED to us about sleep overs so you could hang like little trollops at an older guys HOUSE????? Pffft!! I find it HIGHLY amusing that you girls think you invented this stuff. Tricks like this on OUR parents is how HALF of you were conceived .....And why a lot of your friends DONT have an address to send that Fathers day card to!!!”
The eBay listing was posted to reddit by user canusich and has sparked a debate both praising and criticizing the rant.
Redditer kevie3drinks said, “In my opinion, the best parenting move here is the selling of the tickets, not the message.” Sanvi agrees: “If you take away something precious of your child as a punishment the most important thing is to let them know you love them either way but that you need to discipline them to grow up to be a good person.”
Parents moving their disciplinary action from the inner family circle to the Internet has been gaining popularity lately. And the stunts have been carried out to varying extremes and diverse degrees of success.
Take the Utah dad who recently wore cutoff shorts to a restaurant and a mini golf course to make sure his daughter understood that her Daisy Dukes were too short. The public embarrassment of having to stand next to him while he bent over for a put put shot would lead most to toss the booty shorts in the giveaway bin — and he believes that his message of "modest is hottest" got through. Earlier this month, a California mother found out that that her 11-year-old daughter was twerking a la Miley Cyrus at a school dance and forced the young girl to hold a sign that read, “I was disrespecting my parents by twerking at a school dance,” for two hours at a busy intersection.
The auction for the four tickets, which began on Wednesday, started at a selling price of $1 Australian (what a bargain for 1D!), but had skyrocketed to a whopping $24,100 AUS by Friday (that's $5,667 per ticket in American dollars), with more than four days still left to place bids. Yahoo Shine reached out to the seller but she did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Although many of the mother’s inappropriate remarks overshadow her actual good advice and guidance (interestingly, she might very well have stumbled into a wildly lucrative side business of ticket resales), she concludes her condemnation insisting she wants what's best for her daughter.
“I'm not your friend. I'm your MOTHER. And I am here to give you the boundaries that YOU NEED to become a functional responsible adult. You may hate me now..... But I don't care. Its my job to raise a responsible adult..not nuture bad habits in my teen age child”
Maybe next time the daughter won’t make the “Same Mistake” twice and give her mother a “Heart Attack” when she decides to “Live While We’re Young” and ignore the possible consequences of staying “Up All Night” with a “Summer Love.” But “C’Mon C’Mon” Mom, if you overreact to the “Little Things,” you can bet that she’ll just do it “Over Again.” Sorry, couldn't help it ...