Iowa mother sells teen son’s car after finding booze under seat
As far as I can tell, Jane Hambleton is not out of her mind…but she has guts.
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.
Why guts? In an alcohol-drenched society pushing the legal drug with everything from beautiful people on TV ads to “happy hour” at local bars, the peer pressure to succumb would be the easy route.
Just scolding her son and grounding him for a bit would be sufficient for most…while the even more liberal…I can hear them now…would say, “Not a good idea, please help yourself to your dad’s liquor cabinet and drink at home.”
Hambleton did none of that. Intead, she ran this ad:
“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.”
A drastic measure? Perhaps. But it is an ad heard around the nation, if not the world. Any backlash? People are giving her nothing but praise.
This from Associated Press:
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 son and rules are rules
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.
Ad with a message
The car has been sold, but Hambleton says she will continue the ad for another week — just for the feedback.
Thank you Mrs. Hambleton! You are not the “meanest mom on the planet,” just someone who has shown us how to live, if even for a moment, in a fallen world.