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Any good parent knows that to make a punishment stick, you’ve got to get creative. Getting grounded is nothing compared to customized consequences. Just ask the Australian girl whose mother put her One Direction tickets up for auction on eBay.
It’s not just one ticket, either, but four—apparently purchased for the daughter’s birthday so that she and a few friends could see the massively popular boy band live in concert. Alas, it was not to be, as a pattern of misbehavior among this clique of young ladies forced mom to play her trump card, shaming the kids in the process.
The screed was posted along with the tickets (the current bid is a whopping $760.00 AU and sure to climb still higher) is really too good to summarize. It’s a bit unhinged and brutally frank, with a merciless sense of ultimate judgment, and borders on a declaration of revenge.
THIS AUCTION IS FOR ALL 4 ONE DIRECTION TICKETS IN SYDNEY OCTOBER 25th. You can thank my daughters self righteous and lippy attitude for their sale. See sweety? And you thought I was bluffing. I hope the scowl on your bitchy little friends faces when you tell them that your dad and i revoked the gift we were giving you all reminds you that your PARENTS are the ones that deserve love and respect more than anyone. And your silly little pack mentality of taking your parents for fools is one sadly mistaken. Anyhow. Your loss someone else’s gain who deserves them! THE TICKETS ARE SEATED IN ROW O section 57. REMEMBER AUCTION IS FOR ALL 4 TICKETS and will be sent registered post
…OH YOUR FRIENDS THOUGHT THAT A FEW PRANKS CALLS WOULD PUT ME OFF SELLING THE GIFT WE BOUGHT FOR THEM for YOUR BIRTHDAY because YOU all LIED to us about sleep overs so you could hang like little trollops at an older guys HOUSE????? Pffft!! I find it HIGHLY amusing that you girls think you invented this stuff. Tricks like this on OUR parents is how HALF of you were conceived …..And why a lot of your friends DONT have an address to send that Fathers day card to!!! I’m not your friend. I’m your MOTHER. And I am here to give you the boundaries that YOU NEED to become a functional responsible adult. You may hate me now….. But I don’t care. Its my job to raise a responsible adult..not nuture bad habits in my teen age child
Think she was angry when she wrote that? You have to wonder if this is parental discipline so much as it is a ploy to make sure these apparently fatherless undesirables shut the daughter out of their social circle forever. We just hope that night with the older guy was worth it.
UPDATE: Is it a hoax? Looks like the tickets were real—but not the daughter’s punishment.
Photo by Eva Rinaldi/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'