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 newspaper.
The 48-year-old from Fort Dodge said she has fielded more than 70
telephone calls from emergency room technicians, nurses, school
counsellors 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 said.
``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 said is ``very, very
unhappy'' with the ad and claims the alcohol was left by a
Hambleton believes her son but has decided mercy isn't the best
policy in this case. She said 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 said she will continue the ad
for another week _ just for the feedback.