January 13th, 2008
05:43 PM ET

Meanest Mom on the Planet?!

That's what she called herself:  the mother who put her 19-year-old son's car up for sale after finding alcohol in it.  She made everything very public by placing an ad in the Des Moines Register, which has a daily circulation of more than 150,000.  There were some pretty conflicting opinions in the report:  One woman said she didn't think the punishment was "very motherly"; a psychologist said it was an example of good parenting.

Your turn:  Was it fair, or did it go too far?  And how would your parents have reacted if they found alcohol in your car?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. jaidah

    I think that the mother over reacted. My parents might have grounded me and took my car away for a couple weeks,

    January 13, 2008 at 8:38 pm |
  2. Neil

    I think it is about time someone took teenage drinking seriously. He could have caused an accident and hurt other people. Go mom! The son needs to be more responsible.

    January 13, 2008 at 11:13 pm |
  3. Kevin

    I think it's good , haha

    January 14, 2008 at 1:41 am |
  4. Dave

    Kudos to that mom. Totally appropriate. Another life (or more) saved.
    In 1965 I was 10. My father found cigarettes hidden in the garage. For THAT, he was going to take my 16 year old brother's car from him and sell it, until I stepped up and admitted they were mine.

    January 14, 2008 at 5:30 am |
  5. BruceTheBear

    Honestly, I believe that the mother has over reacted. The youngster is 19 years old and he is old enough to party a little bit. Why must the mother player hate? Besides, I believe it is un-American to take his car without a warning.

    Sorry lady but you are not the Meanest Mom on the Planet, you are a wannabe mean mom!

    January 14, 2008 at 10:23 am |
  6. Hannah

    I feel like you gotta do what you gotta do. That mom felt like she had to publicly embarrass her son, and sell her car to teach him a lesson about breaking rules, lying, and underage drinking. For her family, I'm sure it was a fair punishment. If my parents would have found alcohol they probably would have given my car to my little brother. It would be their own form of humiliation, but they would keep it all in the family.

    January 14, 2008 at 10:24 am |
  7. claudia

    I totally agree with this parent in regard of punishing him because of doing something he wasn't allowed to. When he first got the car, he was given a list of rules with it as well. If he agreed with it back then why doesnt he follow the rules now? I do think she took it too far with selling the car though. She should have taken it away for a weekend or something but not sell it. This way her kid will learn the lesson and he will most likely never do it again.

    January 14, 2008 at 10:26 am |
  8. Jorge

    I do not think it was very mean to publish what happened, however i think it was mean that she was selling his car just because she found alcohol in his car. She overreacted, however it is a way to protect her son from having an accident related to alcohol and driving because may be she thinks he is not responsible enough to give him a car. I think it was funny, not mean like they say, that she had published what happened because i do not think the kid cared about what she published, instead, many people know about what she did and they are criticizing her.

    January 14, 2008 at 10:29 am |
  9. Alex

    I believe, in this case, the mother is wrong for punishing her child so severely. Because her son is nineteen years old, his mother should have been more compassionate and understanding because of the current day’s standards regarding drinking and alcohol. The mother should have made clear that driving under the influence is wrong and that the son was responsible enough to not drive under the influence. In today’s era drinking and drugs are in major abundance and it is difficult to find teenagers who don’t drink occasionally. At nineteen years old, this teenager has almost outgrown his teenage years and needs to think and understand his actions on his own. His mother needs to let him go and succeed and fail on his own. The situation should have been dealt with another way with the mother expressing her disappointment and the child dealing with his own actions.

    January 14, 2008 at 10:33 am |
  10. Unnamed

    I think the "Meanest Mom on the Planet" went way too far in selling her 19 year old son's car. It was way out of line and it shouldn't have gone as far as it did. The son is 19 years old, he's going to try alcohol and have some fun with his friends. It happens. Every child in the world at least try's alcohol at least. Thats the point of growing up and making decisions by himself. WIth his mom being so over protective and harsh, the boy is either going to rebel against his mom and do everything she doesn't want him to or he's going to be so afraid that his mom will punish him that he wont go out and have a normal childhood and have fun. This mom needs to lighten up and get her son his car back.

    January 14, 2008 at 10:35 am |
  11. Zach

    id like to know if u paid for ur kids car....if soo i think u are justly in what u did cause if he crashed or was caught he would be in more trouble than he is now....if he baught the car with his money then what u did is out of line in my opinion...how is he supposed to get around? a horse?

    January 14, 2008 at 10:40 am |
  12. Jack

    In my opinion, I believe that this "meanest mom on the planet" did the right thing by selling her child's car for breaking the rule of "no alcohol" in the car. It is an extreme punishment but I am sure that this will teach the kid a lesson. There are thousands of accidents over drunk driving and the mom didn't even want that possibility to come up with her child. My parents would have reacted in a very similar way. I'm pretty sure that my dad would get rid of the car immediately and have a very long talk with me. My parents are pretty leniant with a lot of topics but not when it comes to alcohol and driving. The one thing my parents would not have done was put up my story for the country to see. They have more respect for me then to embarrass me like that.

    January 14, 2008 at 10:44 am |
  13. Diane

    Way to go Mom!! Young people have choices but should also know that there are consequences for their actions. If he wants to drink and drive he can buy his own car.

    January 14, 2008 at 10:49 am |
  14. Paige

    That was dumb. She shouldn't have done that.

    January 14, 2008 at 11:10 am |
  15. Sixth graders from Holland

    This mom is so mean, yet cool. It's amazing that she cares about her son so much! She doesn't want her child to get hurt or go to jail for drunk driving or even drinking while underage. It may have been embarrassing, but that's his fault. A great bonus is that parents and kids are talking about risky behavior and serious consequences! At least the parents gave the punishment, not the judge!

    January 14, 2008 at 11:36 am |
  16. nicole

    that ws sucha mean mom!!!!!!! I mean come on I bet it wasn't even his. to tell the whole town what he did thats just plain out rude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MEAN MOM!!!!!!!
    ♥ Nicole ☺

    January 14, 2008 at 12:04 pm |
  17. billy

    if my mom was like that it wouldn't bother me because i don't drnk or do drugs.

    January 14, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  18. vicky

    i think that was mean she should have belived him and not punished him

    January 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  19. kelsi

    what i think on the issue is that what she did was right and wrong. for the right reasons she could've just took the keys away from him. and for the wrong reasons she shouldnt have sold the car. but the kid shouldnt have been stupid either.

    January 14, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  20. you

    i dontdrink but i stillthink it was really dumb but also his fault 4 notbeing smart enough to get rid of it

    January 14, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  21. silk

    i think that it was a good decision to take the car but i also have mixed emotions. if i were the boy i would freak!

    January 14, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  22. Period 7 world history class

    20-1 vote: The 19 yr old should be punished but not have his car taken away.

    January 14, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  23. your name here

    i think it was right for the parent to sell his car because for only having 2 rules you should be able to obey them and that was no booze and lock the car not that hard and if he still drank he could take it out of the car

    January 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  24. Erica

    Well... I understand why you got mad at your son for the booze underneath the seat. My friend did the same thing but it was just some beer and his parents found it and he blamed it on his friends but he his parents didnt sell his car they just grounded him from using it but only to work and to take his sister places. Right after he got grounded he got in trouble for coming home late. But I dont think you should have took and sold his car just grounded him and talked to the parents of the kid that supposibly left the booze under the seat.

    January 14, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  25. Mr. Huston's Econ. Class

    Half of us say – Way to go Mom!...Teach him a lesson.

    The other half say...Boo mom – way to over-react.

    January 14, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  26. Lukas

    I would have got him hammered until he couldn't walk! Then he will see how cool it is.

    Liberty, Missouri

    January 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  27. Tyler

    I believe the punishment was unfair. She took it a little too far.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  28. Tyler

    I believe the punishment was unfair. She took it a little too far.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  29. Alex

    I would never talk to my mom again if she freaked out on me like this. This would be so mean. My parents would have punished me but not so severe. But im not a parent and i dont know how i would react til it actually happens. but teen drinking is a vary serious subject.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  30. Robert

    I think that she had the right to do what she did. Since he was underage drinking and driving, he was breaking 2 laws at once. What his mom did wasn't nearly as bad as what would have happened if he were to get caught by the police. Maybe he'll learn from this and stop drinking until he is old enough. He might think it was mean, and "hate" her for now, but later on he'll appreciate what she did.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  31. Sean

    I think that the Mom made a very smart decision in the fact that she made a set of rules and stuck with it. The selling of the car may have been a bit extreme but if that's what you have to do then that's what you have to do. The mom probably should have made a punishment that was a bit less harsh.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  32. Kayla

    I think that selling his car was so cruel. If my mom did that to me I wouldn't talk to her for a month. It would've been better if she had grounded him instead of selling his car! That's rediculous!

    January 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  33. Ashley

    I think the "Meanest mom on the planet" went to far. My parents would of taking my car away for a week or two. I get why she took the car away but all she really had to do was hold it not sell it, she probably stopped her son from drinking but just made him way more mad at her for sellling his car. If he bought the car he should be able to chose who sells it, plus he's 19 years old, legal age to do whatever he wants except drink so his mom had no right to take away and sell his car.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  34. Ashley

    Yo that was extreme, but that punishment would work because maybe it'll take legal action and now you know he can't do it again because he doesn't have a car now. But after hearing about this I think it's funny, it's not like I drink or anything but good punishment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 14, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  35. Seth

    I think she went too far with this. Basically she cut him off from his friends. On top of that she humililated him. Which is a horrorible thing to do to your child. It could have been resovled with a talk or less severe punishment. Shes right about one thing she is the meanest mom on the planet. She needs to lighten up and stop being overly critical.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  36. Lindsay

    I think that the mom was right to put an ad in the newspaper and sell her son's car. Although selling the car and making his "crime" known to the entire town was a little extreme, I guarantee the son won't try sneeking alcohol into his car again. Mothers can't help worrying about their children and only want to make sure they are safe. This mom was just taking extreme measures to protect her child.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  37. Kyle

    This kid is 19 years old! That mom needs to leave him alone and let him live his life. This mom needs to stop freaking out and stop being over protective. I just can't believe that this made the news.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  38. Serge

    This mom i think took it a little to far. You dont sell your own kids car because he has alcohol in it. There is better ways to tell your son that it is bad to drink. My parents would never sell my car if they found alcohol in it. They would only yell at me for a day or two then forget about it.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  39. griffin

    For my family, the rule of never even touching alcohol is taken very seriously and if I was caught with anything containing alcohol, then I know for sure that I would be expecting a very serious punishment. However, this mom apparently takes this rule even more seriously, and in my opinion, selling the car is a little over the edge. I believe an alternative punishment would have been a better choice. Although, If my mom told me beforehand that she would sell my car if I broke a rule then I would have been a little more cautious and careful than this kid turned out to be.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  40. Rick

    I think what his mother did was wrong decision. In my opinion she shouldnt have done that, she shouldve just taken away his car for a couple of weeks or months and let that be that.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  41. Gaylord

    The mom did what she thought was best. You can't argue with that. American society is so liberal these days it is refreshing to see a mom who cares.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  42. Dustin

    I think she went to far by selling his car. She should have just have took his keys away for a month and ground him for a month. Then if he does something like it again then sell his car. Dont sell it if it is his first time doing something like it.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  43. First Name

    As long as he's alive and still able to function properly in his daily life, he’s fine. Hopefully he’ll learn from the experience and perform better next time; However, the money obtained from selling the car should be saved by the mother in order to buy a new car for the son later on.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  44. ryan

    I don't think it would be that embarrassing to the kid. I doubt that many people that know him or care read that specific newspaper. The kid obviously an idiot and I don't think it was insane for his mom to do that. He apparently isn't mature enough and he isn't ready for a car. Now that i know he is 19, i feel that the punishment was a bit overdone.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  45. Ross

    I think this is a way too harsh punishment for this situation. In different situations this would be a good punishment. But I’m sure the kid came home in one piece so this was way too much of a punishment for that. I think the mom is wrong for doing this.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  46. Paige

    I did think the mom over reacted, but she did worn him about alcohol in the car. I dont think she should have sold his car she just should have taken it away for a while. Her son was 19 which was a drastic punishment for someone of his age. Although, I guess it was better his mom finding it rather the police

    January 14, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  47. james

    I think that the mom doesn’t deserve to be a mom because of her psychological condition, which means she is quite the insane. Many other students will agree with me that she doesn’t need to be loved any more by anyone.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  48. Beth

    I love it and wish more parents would take a stand and then not back down. If more parents did this I think kids would be more apt to listen and mind their parents! As a teacher and a new mom I think I could learn from her example!

    January 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  49. Taylor

    Teen drinking is very bad, yo i got a fake ID though.
    That mom went to far
    i am not a parent so i really dont know what i would do if i was in that situation.
    but once again teen drinking is very bad.
    if my parents did that i would probably run away from home and go where no one could find me.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  50. cameron

    that was a good thing to do because alcohol is not a good thing for 19 year olds to be doing and you were just doind what you needed to do =-D

    January 14, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  51. Erica

    It was mean, but he diserved it! 🙂

    January 14, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  52. Nathan

    Thats a little to harsh for a mom. If he wants to drink it's his own decision. Who would sell their own sons car right after he got it. Thats way to mean. I think shes CRAZY!!!

    January 14, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  53. B-dub

    I think his mom takeing her son car and selling it was doing way to much. thats not normal for parents to do somthing like that. If this he's had more then one warnings and she told him it would be alright but seeling the car is just dumb. my parents wouldnt even take it that far, they would have just took the car from me.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  54. Kylie

    I think that this mom did the right thing. Teenage drinking is a serious thing, that should be handled. She could have saved his life.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  55. Stephen

    That was stupid!!! If he bought it he loses lots of money! Then she sells it and gets the money. She completely overeacted. She is a very bad example to other parents. What a bad chioce!

    January 14, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  56. Leah

    I think the mom was too hard on him, of course having drugs in the car is extremly unacceptable, but the mother should really get him a new car and ground him from for a few weeks or have him work harder around the house. This mom knows how to really teach her kid. I beleive the son learned a lesson from this expirence!

    January 14, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  57. Mareshah

    I think the mom was a little harsh on the boy. She could have just taken the car away for a few weeks or montrhs instead of selling it. Putting it in the newspaper and all over the internet is just flat out embarasssing. Part of me thinks that she did it for the fame so everybody can know who she is.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  58. Gunner

    I think the mom made a good choice because if the son could have3 been stopped he could have been aressted or worse. As by worse I mean that he could have been killed.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  59. Sarah

    I am with her on the punishment part but I do think that embarassing him was a little extreme, but still it makes other teens stop and think of what their parents might do to them.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  60. Mary

    This choice she gave him was unfair. If I was the mom, I would just banned him from the car for about a month or longer. She does have the right to do that but, it was a little to harsh.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  61. George

    I think it was a good thing. He broke the law and now he is paying for it. He got of easy, if he was caught he would have gone to jail. I can bet any amount of money he will not do it again.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  62. Sean

    I think that she should have took his car privileges for away for about a month until he realizes what he did was wrong and could have hurt or killed a harmless citizen.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  63. christy

    It may save his life as well as the life of others. I have known far too many that attempted to get away with drinking and driving. If this even saved one life, it was the right lesson to teach.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  64. Ricky

    Taking the car away would have been alright but she went overboard after she put an ad in the paper about it. It served no purpose other than to get attention in my opinion.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  65. Angela

    I think the woman was very right in her decision. Her son would never learn anything just by taking the car away for a few days. She set two rules and she expected them to be followed, when they weren't followed she had every right to sell the car. Alcohol is not a good thing and this woman is telling her kid that it will not be appreciated. Way to go girl!!

    January 14, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  66. sammi

    I believe the punsihment was a good one. I of cource could never carry such an action out

    January 14, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  67. tanika

    I think that the mom went to far with the punishment. I don't think that she should've sold his car. If I was his mom I would have grounded him for a month and taken his car away for awhile.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  68. Dana

    I think it was the right thing in a way to do because when he got the car she told him no alcohol in it he broke that rule so she does have the right to take it away since she bought it and it was in her name. Yet at the same time he is 19 so in a way i think it is taking it a little to far.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  69. Nikki

    I think it was right to some degree because she told him no alcohol and since she told him that she does a have some right to take it away because it is in her name. In a way it is taking it too far because the kid is 19 so he should be able to do what he wants to some point.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  70. Kit

    I think the mom went way too far. If her son is 19 he is at the age where most kids go off to college and experience some more freedom. He should be punished for breaking her rules, but selling the car was just too much. She could have instead taken the car away from him for awhile. A week for every beer found in the car would be pretty reasonable.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  71. Sammy

    I think that what the mother did was a very big step for parents across the nation. I hope that all the parents learn a lesson from what she did. I think that its something special because not only didi she set the guidelines but she also followed through with it! Most parents would most likely have said 'well. . . dont do it again!' , but this supermomma decided that she had to take a stand and thats exactly what she did. I fully support her decision and i hope that not only the parents learn a valuable lesson but also the kids of America too! Parents dont say something just to hear themselves talk, its for a reason, and if YOUR parents bought you a car, and they said the only conditions to it are dont have alcohol in it and lock it up, you think that THAT would be easy enough, but for some hard-headed kids out there, they probably think that the parental unit is just messing around. Well i hope that kid can hide his booze under his feet and lock up his shoe laces because thats his NEW way of transportation! . . . I wonder if they have an auotmatic lock on Nike?!?

    January 14, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  72. Sally

    I think this mom took everything way to far, she did not need to post an ad in the paper to prove her point to her son. How see raises her children in her own home and her punisments for them is there issuses, and not the whole united states issues.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  73. shane

    I think it was appropriate to take away or sell the kids car but I think she was just trying to get publicity for it when she posted an add in the newspaper. Especially when she decided to keep the add posted several days after it had been sold. She is a dorf.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  74. Lydia

    I agree with what this mother did. I think that it is great that she is punishing her son for the alcohol. It sounds like the car belonged to her, so she has every right to do whatever she wants with the car. She gave her son two rules, and he broke them both, so good for her! I think this was very necessary.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  75. Patsy

    I think that the mom is doing the right thing by taking away the car because the kid didnt follow her directions and sense she paid for the car and made it clear what her expectations were he doesnt deserve the car.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  76. student

    If you didn't want him to be drinking why did you give him a car? You should of known that he was going to be drinking and it was a matter of time before their where bottles in the car. If you ask me it is your own fault for giving him the car if you expected him to keep alcohol out every teen drinks its part of every social group even if they say it's not.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  77. Roberta

    i don't agree with the mom that sold her son's car. She overreacted and had no right to do that. Her son is nineteen and is old enough to make his own personal decisions without his mom. I also think that she didn't need to publicize the reasoning for selling the car like she did, she was trying to get attention for herself.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  78. Jason

    The mother's punishment was fair in her eyes. While I would not have made that decision, it is her decision to make. The son is 19 years and thus he should be able to get a job that would allow him to buy a car by himself. His mother bought the car; she has the right to take it away if she deems the decision to be a violation of the agreement for his use of the vehicle. While I do not condone the mothers actions, she has the charge to raise her son right.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  79. COLTON

    I'm taking BOTH sides. I believe that the mother should have punished her young, but not that bad. It is one thing to ground the him from his car, but to do all of that is a little much.

    January 14, 2008 at 7:55 pm |
  80. Andy

    I think that mom's punishment was totally fair. She had every right as a parent to do that. She probably bought his car for him too.

    January 14, 2008 at 8:19 pm |
  81. Johnny

    I Think the mom did the right thing but her punishment was wrong she need to fix her punishment.

    January 14, 2008 at 8:26 pm |
  82. Adam

    I think it is a fair punishment for the crime. Drinking and driving is nothing to play around with If the kid would have killed someone the next weekend while drunk, then everyone would be calling her the worst mother in the country for not stopping him after she knew about his problem. It is ok to have rules and punishments for people. He will be a better persone because of it.

    January 14, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  83. jefra

    look at this response!!

    it takes a pretty gutsy mom to actually do what she thinks of doing. the canyon between thinking of a parental action plan and DOING your plan is vast.


    January 15, 2008 at 1:12 am |
  84. Emily

    I think that she did the right thing to protect her son, but she went to far. My mom would have taken my car away and kept me inside for a couple of weeks. I also think that this could serve as a warning to other teens of what their parents might do to them.

    January 15, 2008 at 9:20 am |
  85. Dylan

    over reaction, too an extent. I think that it would have been better if she chose a less costly method (for him) and a more conventional method. like for example: locking the car in her garage or putting the keys in a place he would never find them. this way, he doesnt completely lose his car. if she wanted to make sure he wouldnt do it again, she could have just kept the keys/car until he stopped drinking or comeing in contact with the alchohal entirely.

    January 15, 2008 at 10:04 am |
  86. Morgan

    I think this is great!!! It is awesome

    January 15, 2008 at 10:13 am |
  87. Logan

    I think that was so mean
    That is so stupid

    January 15, 2008 at 10:15 am |
  88. lukas

    She was mean, she overreacted, she should have grounded him.

    January 15, 2008 at 10:16 am |
  89. Lanna

    I think she was too harsh, my mom wouldn't even be that mean

    January 15, 2008 at 10:18 am |
  90. Molly

    I agree with Jane's choice of punishment because I think that if she would have just grounded the boy, then he wouldn't have had enough punishment. Therefore, he would most likely do it again. However, I don't think my parents would go quite that far and of course, I wouldn't be very happy if I were the kid!

    January 15, 2008 at 10:20 am |
  91. Mean mom EXPLOSION

    Dude, this lady is insane. The punishment is inhumane. Who would think that this is heroic, or even a big, huge deal??? Seriously, why would anyone punish so severely. I wonder if his mom even has a clean institution record. Everyone doesn't have to go crazy over some lady that has had it with bad behavior. I'm sure that this mom has had to deal with plenty of other problems. She EXPLODED because she couldn't take the pressure of a teenager and his problems.

    January 15, 2008 at 10:23 am |
  92. Mr. Kennedy's Class

    It depends on who purchase the car. If the 19 year old bought the car with his own money, than the mom has no right to take it away because he is an adult and will suffer the consequences of getting caught with alcohol in the car. If the mom bought the car, than she has every right to sell the car because it is hers and he broke the law while using her property. He is lucky he did not get pulled over by the police because he could have ended up in jail or killed himself or somebody else. That would be a much worse consequence.

    January 15, 2008 at 10:37 am |
  93. Darious

    I think she over reacted cause what if it wasnt his and he didnt want to snitch on his friend. He is also 19 so grown and can make his own decision. though he wasnt smart for having the alcohol in his car he is still his own man.

    January 15, 2008 at 10:53 am |
  94. Meredith

    I think that the mom was right for doing that! That boy needs to learn from his mistakes especially since he was messing with drugs! yikes!! And since she did that... i don't that he will ever mess with drugs again... at least around his mom!

    January 15, 2008 at 11:24 am |
  95. Karalina

    I think she done the right thing. He is only 19 and she found alchohol in his car. He isn't even old enough to drink. If she paid for it, she can take it back!

    January 15, 2008 at 11:25 am |
  96. Zach

    I agree with the mother. She wanted her son to be safe and not get in an accident due to drunk driving. I hope that teaches him a lesson. He should have got a spanking too.

    January 15, 2008 at 11:26 am |
  97. Hannah

    I think that more parents should stand up and take responsibility like this mom. It was an extreme punishment, but because of it, if this kid is smart, he probably won't do it again!

    January 15, 2008 at 11:26 am |
  98. Megan

    The mom had every right to take away his car. The son is underage to have achol anyway. She is simply trying to protect him like a mother is supposed to. Being a student that would not be very pleasent, but I could see why she would do it.

    January 15, 2008 at 11:29 am |
  99. Megan

    The mom had every right to take away his car. The son is underage to have achol anyway. She is simply trying to protect him like a mother is supposed to. Being a student that would not be very pleasent, but I could see why she would do it.

    January 15, 2008 at 11:34 am |
  100. ben

    I think this is a good decision if i found alchohol in my sons car, he would get the car taken away. I think the punishment should be worse.

    January 15, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  101. Tori

    I think that his mom did the right thing. He shouldn't have had alcohol in his car. He was most likely drunk driving. She was just protecting her child! I think she did the right thing.

    January 15, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  102. Madison

    I think the mother was right to give it away. I also think he deserved it. I did not think the mother should have kept the ad on the internet after it was sold.

    January 15, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  103. Chi

    Where i come from i don't even have the money to buy a car but what that mom did was wrong she surely taught him a lesson but that was a little extreme.

    January 15, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  104. Steven

    It was Bad thing do.

    January 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  105. Adrienne

    Being a teenager I can understand how a lot of people think her punishment was unfair, but she set a rule and she stuck to it. My parents are strict but they are also fair, and if I was in that situation I know I would get a pretty harsh punishment too. It's refreshing to know not every kid gets away with stuff!
    Personally I think the punishment was a bit harsh, but maybe he'd got into a lot of trouble before and this was the last straw. Maybe he wasn't drinking but he should have been responsible enough to tell his friends they couldn't have alcohol in his car.
    Overall I think his mother did the right thing, and just because most kids nowadays get a lot of freedom doesn't mean the punishment was unjust.
    I read through the other comments and was a bit disgusted with some of the comments.
    He may be a legal adult at 19 and it is more socially accepted to party at younger ages, but it is still against the law and that is what really matters. Her punishment was nothing compaired to what the law could do to him.
    Way to go mom!

    January 15, 2008 at 7:20 pm |
  106. Jason

    I think that she really should've simply banned her son from driving, alternative to selling it. Once you drive a car of the lot it already costs less to sell, so she would've lost more money to by the car for her son, and sell it again. Anyway, she really took it to far. It would'nt exactly call that mean. It would be a mistake for both the mom, but my verdict would be that it was mostly the sons bad decision.

    January 15, 2008 at 7:57 pm |
  107. Angelica

    I think that the mother shouldn't have took her child's car away for 3 weeks .I would of told my child you can't go to parties for a week or two.I wouldn't take his car away because he had acohol in it.

    January 15, 2008 at 9:46 pm |
  108. Danielle

    I think that mom was to hard she should have just told him that drinking is bad for u and that u could die from drinking and if he doesn't stop then she should of sold his car.

    January 15, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
  109. insane

    yo this mom is insane she doesn't know what shes doing just cuz her son is drinking doesn't mean she needs to be that mean she has to be that mean she could have grounded him from his car for 7 months and yelled him and said not to drink i mean cmon a kid needs to drive around once in a while maybe that was his friends alcohol
    maybe he was driving with a friend and maybe his friend left the alcohol in his car when he dropped him/her off at their house.

    January 16, 2008 at 12:00 am |
  110. Sarah R.

    I think that she was being a little too sarcastic about what her child was doing! My mom would ground me or take my car away for a few days, but never sell my car or anything like that at all!!

    January 16, 2008 at 8:51 am |
  111. christian

    i think that the mom is not mean i think she did the right thing because if she did not take away the at all then her son could have been in a car accident and possibly killed some else or even him

    January 16, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  112. Tory

    I think that the mom went a little overboard with selling the car. But then again if she bought the car then she has the right to sell the car. But like I said she went over booard with selling it she could have just took the car and locked it up for a very long time. But selling it would be a sure way to teach her child a lesson.

    January 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  113. Car

    She is not the meanest. She said what would happen and he disobeyed her. By her sticking to the punishment her son will know that when she says no she means it!

    January 16, 2008 at 8:49 pm |
  114. Claudia

    I think the mom did really good in taking the car from the kid because he may had being hurt and I guess she saved his life.

    January 17, 2008 at 12:42 pm |
  115. Jasna

    I think the mom over reacted wayy too much! honestly..kids will drink at some point in their life. Maybe shes done it too. She sould have taken the car away for weeks and talk to him about it. Now he might do it again just because she doesnt want him to because kids tend to be rebellious.She sould ease up

    January 17, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  116. Heaven

    well it depends how you look at it, my parents probaly would do that to me too.

    January 18, 2008 at 8:40 pm |
  117. Tiffany

    It was very un motherly and if i had beer in my car my mom would ground me and that is it

    January 22, 2008 at 11:31 am |
  118. kriss

    I just bought a breathalizer when my son started to drive. I reserved the right to breathalize him or whomever drove him home. The price for even a .001? Loss of the car, his license, and any ability to drive until he was 18. We both knew it and we both agreed to it. Interesting point. Never once in the following two years did he ever have even register a cough medicine reading. It was a great tactic and kept it real.

    January 22, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  119. Jasmine

    I think that his mom was a little too harsh on him. If I was his mom I would have told him to stop drinking or I will take his keys away.Now I wouldn't have put it in the news paper because now you are embarising yourself and your son. That just makes people think that you are a bad parent to your child.

    January 23, 2008 at 7:33 pm |
  120. Pat

    Kudos! If more parents would take the role of parenting this serious the world would be a better place. The assumption that this Mom is mean without having all the facts is unfair. This incident could have been the straw that broke the camels back. I hope her son has learned his lesson. Actions have consequences and his happened to be the loss of a privlege and fortunately not the loss of his or someone else's life.

    January 24, 2008 at 12:53 pm |
  121. Wil

    I Believe she may have gone alittle bit over the top about this. If my mom found that she would have given me a VERY long long talk about what my punishment would be and she would ground me from just about everything electronic except lights. She would also have taken away the car for like 3-4 months and prolly made me to work around the house for a long l0ng tim3

    January 24, 2008 at 8:43 pm |
  122. Jordan

    Oh yes she did the rite thing. He didnt follow the rules and got busted for it. He was too young i believe. I live in Iowa and that i think is the rite thing to do

    January 25, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  123. Rosie

    I think the mom had the right to do that because if you had alcohol your mom would take it and your car away for your own safty.

    January 25, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  124. morgan

    I think if the mom said "if i find alchohal in your car i will take it from you" than i think it would be an ok punishment. But from the video it didnt say that she said that and again if she said that i think it would be a perfect punishment but scence we dont know if she said that or not and if she didnt say that it would be a really mean punishment.

    January 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  125. Thomas

    She shouldn't have sold his car just because he had alchohal. My mom would have took my car away but not sold it

    January 27, 2008 at 11:04 am |
  126. Insia

    Oh my gosh! I mean thats totally fair, i mean that's illegal isn't it? To drink under the age of 21?

    January 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  127. cutieondraya

    i think thats really mean as a mom. the mother needs to take more time thinking things out befour doing them

    January 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  128. megan

    I watched the video on the meanest mom and i don't think she should've sold her son's car becuase of alcohol. She could've grounded him or done something less critical.

    January 31, 2008 at 11:52 am |
  129. Angela

    I watched the video oon meanest mom in the world.I dont thank she should have sold her sons car.

    January 31, 2008 at 11:53 am |
  130. sabrina

    I think that this is fair because he should have not been drinking i mean he could of got in a car crash or hurt someone!

    January 31, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  131. Marion

    i dont think its fair really because you wouldnt want your mom going through your stuff would you?!

    January 31, 2008 at 7:28 pm |
  132. CKStrauss

    I'm a "mean" Mom too, she did her son a life-saving favor. It takes alot of love to correct your kids when they need it. Way to go Mom!

    January 31, 2008 at 8:18 pm |
  133. Ethan

    I think that the kids should do their personal stuff at home and not at school but it was not hurting anyone or anything.

    January 31, 2008 at 9:54 pm |
  134. Kaci

    Getting paid for studing and working hard?? That would be cool and fun! But that means you would have to have bad grades to be in it. That stinks!

    January 31, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  135. Kaci

    That is a little to much
    there mom!

    January 31, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  136. charlotte

    the mom was wrong to sell the car i know that the kid broke the rules and all but come on give him a 2nd chance ground him take away his cell phone don't give away his car that's way harsh

    February 5, 2008 at 10:21 pm |