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`Meanest mom on planet' sells son's car after finding booze under seat

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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 passenger.

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.

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