January 9, 2008
I love this woman

'Meanest mom on planet' sells son's car

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- 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 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.
Blogger Katrina said...
Good for her! I read that article this morning on my Google homepage and gave a little inner cheer that there are parents out there still advocating personal responsibility. I just hope I'm one of them--the teen years are looming large in my future!

Blogger Shansland said...
Hi! :) I like your new header. The hatchlings look SOO cute! I can comment easier now that I filled out that dummy blogger thing so... yeah for me in'08! Anyway, all I was going to say was. I hope I can continue to be a "mean mom" in the teen years when the consequences are more serious and discipline more drastic. YIKES. Your stories about the oldest hatch and his toil(et) and trouble crack me up! xo

Blogger SlushTurtle said...
Hi Shannon! I love it when you leave comments, it makes me feel so special! :)