1/9/08

Meanest Mom in the World lives in Iowa (No its not Nancy)

Straight from the Fox news website:

'Meanest Mom on Planet' Sells Teen Son's Car After Finding Booze Under Seat
Wednesday, January 09, 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 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.

8 comments:

Pokey said...

Completely AWESOME! That is totally something I would do to my son ;)

J~mom said...

Good for that mom!! That kid will not have alcohol in his next car, that is for sure!

Marcy said...

LMAO!! YEAAAHHHHHHHHH!! That's my kinda Mom!

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

It would be even more cool if it wasn't so rare for a parent to do. Thanks for sharing it buddy!

Jess said...

Good for her.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

I'm usually mean but for no good reason like this lady! :D

I was in the aiport in Denver and caught this story on the national news!! It was cracking me up. Iowa is becoming a hotbed for the national press. hee hee

Hope you are healthy and all tapered for the big day. Can't wait to read about it.

Taryn said...

See, now that woman would have totally passed my are-you-fit-for-parenthood test. Good for her!

Liz said...

People should read this.