A Florida man put his “disrespectful” son’s truck for sale on Craigslist, saying he’s punishing the young lad for “smokin’ dope and acting all thug,” CNN is reporting.
Allan Gieger Jr. says he took the rather extreme parenting tactic because he felt he had no other choice.
“I’ve been having some issues with my son over the past year. I don’t want to see him struggle the way I did.”
Gieger says he got the truck so his son, identified by CNN as Allen Gieger III, could have a better chance at life. Specifically, so he could get back and forth to school and maybe even a job. However, his son had other ideas for the 1998 Ford Explorer, as Gieger explains in his Craigslist post, so he put it up for sale.
“He thinks it’s cool to drive around with his friends smokin dope and acting all thug and especially not showing me and my wife the respect that we deserve. This was a vehicle to finish school in, get a decent job and get a head start on life but chose to throw it all away because his friends would rather have an influence on him more than me! Now he can put those Jordans to use walk his a** off on these hot summer days! It has ice cold air and power everything! It’s dirty as hell inside and out because he didn’t respect it and take pride… I just put new tires on it that he never paid me for because dope was more important and driver seat doesn’t come all the way up, I guess cause cops kept riding by!”
According to the Craigslist post, the truck has already sold for $1,500.
As it turns out, Gieger’s rather unusual approach to parenting seems to have paid off — he says his son seems to have learned his lesson and is working with his parents on getting on the straight and narrow.
“It’s been an eye-opening experience. He’s started talking to me about helping him reach his new set of goals.”
Meanwhile, even though the truck has been sold, Gieger says he’s leaving the post up on Craigslist as a reminder to his son and as a warning to other miscreant teenagers. The post has been shared thousands of times on social media, and Gieger says he’s received several calls encouraging him for taking a stand against his son’s bad behavior.
This is not the first time a parent’s approach to dealing with their kids’ bad behavior has gone viral over the internet. In fact, more than one parent has used social media, or YouTube, to publicly shame their kids or share their own parenting style.
In 2012, North Carolina dad Tommy Jordan got fed up with his daughter’s attitude about having to do chores and ranting about it on Facebook, according to NBC Philadelphia. Mr. Jordan took his daughter Hannah’s laptop outside, emptied nine bullets into it, and posted a video of the incident on YouTube.
Although the majority of viewers seemed to be on Mr. Jordan’s side (according to a poll of NBC Philadelphia readers, 72 percent found the shooting “appropriate”), not everyone was on board. TV host “Dr. Phil” McGraw said of the incident that you should “never, ever humiliate your child publicly.”
Also concerned about Jordan’s parenting were the police and North Carolina’s Child Protective Services, according to CNET, although it seems like the police merely came by to congratulation Jordan on his parenting.
“The police by the way said ‘Kudos, sir’. How’s about those apples? Didn’t expect THAT when you called the cops did you?”
Do you think the Florida dad was right to sell his “disrespectful” son’s truck on Craigslist?
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