Advertising as punishment in Des Moines

After apparently reading the John Hughes Teen Comedy Guide to Parenting, an Iowa woman named Jane Hambleton has decided to publicly shame her teenage son after finding beer in his car. Her solution? Sell the car and embarrass the kid all at once, with a cheeky 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.” Parents have been calling Hambleton around the clock to congratulate her, but we’ll have to wait until next Halloween to see their kids’ response. It may not be pretty.

—Posted by David Kiefaber