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2012-06-19 10:01:07 AM  
My sister was a manipulative bully. She was always bigger and stronger than me, so she imposed her will without mercy. The worst part was that my parents always believed whatever story she cooked up, always faulting me. I ended up having to stand outside our house with a sign that read, "HOMELESS, WON'T STOP HITTING HIMSELF."
 
2012-06-19 10:01:22 AM  
Well, he IS listening to his parents, at least as far as the sign is concerned.
 
2012-06-19 10:04:32 AM  

spentmiles: My sister was a manipulative bully. She was always bigger and stronger than me, so she imposed her will without mercy. The worst part was that my parents always believed whatever story she cooked up, always faulting me. I ended up having to stand outside our house with a sign that read, "HOMELESS, WON'T STOP HITTING HIMSELF."


Heh.
 
2012-06-19 10:04:56 AM  
What ever happened to the "Cat o nine Tails"? Kids these days get it SO easy!
 
2012-06-19 10:05:28 AM  
Is this that 'total transformation' program I hear about on the radio?
 
2012-06-19 10:06:33 AM  
It takes a village to really fark children up.
 
2012-06-19 10:08:36 AM  
okay lets see what this article is about......whoaaaa sidebar!
media.nbcwashington.com
 
2012-06-19 10:11:46 AM  
Points for creativity, though the "homeless" aspect is perhaps a bit much.
 
2012-06-19 10:12:04 AM  
AMATEURS !!!


www.abc.net.au
 
2012-06-19 10:13:18 AM  
Wouldn't "Homeless, Didn't Listen To Parents" be a more effective sign?
 
2012-06-19 10:13:27 AM  
As long as he did not collect money, this sounds like a fair punishment
 
2012-06-19 10:15:40 AM  
I can hear the cop now, "Sorry I had to bother ou sir, but as you well know, your neighbors are busybody asshats with nothing better to do than call the cops every time something seems out of order here on Primrose lane. Carry on, good sir. "
 
2012-06-19 10:17:19 AM  
Hmm. Would have been nice to get a heads-up on this, so I could drive by and pelt him with rotten fruit every 20 minutes or so...
 
2012-06-19 10:19:14 AM  

spentmiles: My sister was a manipulative bully. She was always bigger and stronger than me, so she imposed her will without mercy. The worst part was that my parents always believed whatever story she cooked up, always faulting me. I ended up having to stand outside our house with a sign that read, "HOMELESS, WON'T STOP HITTING HIMSELF."


I was wondering why most of your posts come up in my feed in red.

// public humiliation obviously turns people into jerks
/ dont do it
 
2012-06-19 10:22:16 AM  
"Distrust all those in whom the urge to punish is strong."

There's a fine line between teaching someone a lesson and just being sadistic for your own amusement.
 
2012-06-19 10:24:07 AM  
FTFA; "I pay for his clothes, his shoes, the roof over his head, his safety and everything he has,"

Make sure you have enough left over to pay for your own nursing home, dad.

The kid missed a contact deadline, make him come home, maybe ground him. Public humiliation should be reserved for public figures.
 
2012-06-19 10:24:19 AM  
Shame based punishment always works. Amirite?
 
2012-06-19 10:24:20 AM  
from about 9:15 a.m. until about 5 p.m. He said they ate breakfast and lunch and had breaks every two hours.

Hey, not bad. My job requires me to be in at 9:00. I don't get regular breaks, either. Must be nice.

some neighbors complained that this was cruel punishment

Oh, FFS!
 
2012-06-19 10:25:34 AM  
I like how neighbors actually called the police to report "cruel punishment." Not that I think making your son hold a sign on a street corner is good parenting, but it certainly isn't criminal.
 
2012-06-19 10:29:52 AM  
J. Frank Parnell

"Distrust all those in whom the urge to punish is strong."

There's a fine line between teaching someone a lesson and just being sadistic for your own amusement.


There's also a line between 'consequences' and 'punishment'...they are not the same thing.
Think it's the emotional gratification (possibly schadenfreude?) that comes when somebody has done something wrong/stupid/evil...
A). Are they going to 'suffer' for it?
and
B). Is their 'suffering' gonna make YOU feel 'better'?

Still having difficulty with this one.
 
2012-06-19 10:30:13 AM  
I don't get the "homeless" bit. It doesn't appear from the article that his parents kicked him out, so what's the point of putting "homeless" on his sign?
 
2012-06-19 10:33:52 AM  
If parents have lots of arbitrary rules the reasons for which are "because I said so" it really shouldn't surprise them when kids do not give a shiat about breaking them.
 
2012-06-19 10:41:59 AM  
Subby's an idiot. the hero tag needed to be used here. And to this kid's neighbors: fark you. Cruel punishment. What bullshiat.
 
2012-06-19 10:44:37 AM  
Could have been worse.
thisrecording.com
 
2012-06-19 10:57:51 AM  
Meh, back in my day, we walked around with signs made of 3/4 inch plywood with lettering written in lead paint, in an ice storm, walking uphill the whole day, and we liked it!

/damned snowflakes
 
2012-06-19 11:14:27 AM  
Latest parent who will end up in a third-world nursing home picking maggots out of his feeding tube.
 
2012-06-19 11:31:04 AM  
Really getting tired of this trend. Praise in public, punish in private, people. If you have to involve random people in the discipline of your children, you have failed as a parent.
 
2012-06-19 11:33:39 AM  

JasonKY: Really getting tired of this trend. Praise in public, punish in private, people. If you have to involve random people in the discipline of your children, you have failed as a parent.


Doesn't sound like you have children and if you do, they are young.
 
2012-06-19 11:43:12 AM  

Thorazine: JasonKY: Really getting tired of this trend. Praise in public, punish in private, people. If you have to involve random people in the discipline of your children, you have failed as a parent.

Doesn't sound like you have children and if you do, they are young.


Sounds like you taught your kids to rely on the opinion of others when evaluating their own self worth.

Good for you. Ever heard of Eudaimonia?
 
2012-06-19 11:51:02 AM  
Good. Fark the farking farker. A little humility goes a long way.
 
2012-06-19 11:55:04 AM  

Hawnkee: Good. Fark the farking farker. A little humility goes a long way.


Son doesn't come home or let you know where he is.
.`.
Kick him out of house.

I don't get it.
 
2012-06-19 12:01:26 PM  

MBooda: Could have been worse.
[thisrecording.com image 325x401]


You know how I know you watch movies on basic cable?
 
2012-06-19 12:17:47 PM  
Well, it's hardly a punishment if the kid is able to use the sign to hide his face. Slap that saying on a sandwich board and make him shake the hands of passersby.

BeesNuts: Son doesn't come home or let you know where he is.
.`.
Kick him out of house.

I don't get it.


RTFA. The kid wasn't kicked out of the house. He was merely shown a glimpse of his future.
 
2012-06-19 12:20:33 PM  

BeesNuts: Sounds like you taught your kids to rely on the opinion of others when evaluating their own self worth.


I know, how DARE people teach their children to consider the feelings of strangers in their day to day living. I bet your kids (I hope you don't have any) are self-centered little turds.
 
2012-06-19 12:26:35 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Well, it's hardly a punishment if the kid is able to use the sign to hide his face. Slap that saying on a sandwich board and make him shake the hands of passersby.

BeesNuts: Son doesn't come home or let you know where he is.
.`.
Kick him out of house.

I don't get it.

RTFA. The kid wasn't kicked out of the house. He was merely shown a glimpse of his future.


I didn't call home much when I was a teenager either. Guess that means I'm homeless?

Seriously, dumb parenting is dumb, even if I do enjoy the schadenfreud. What the fark is this supposed to teach this kid, apart from hammering in the "don't fark with me, boy. I OWN you" authoritarianism that, in almost all cases, does more harm than good?

I find it funny as the next guy, but it's absolutely pointless. You know how you get your kids to grow up? You treat them like grownups. If this is the worst thing this kid has done, these parents need to take a look outside and get some perspective. If it's a series of these kinds of problems, then I'd say they failed long ago, and are probably the people who ACTUALLY need to take a glimpse at the future.
 
2012-06-19 12:35:27 PM  

JasonKY: Really getting tired of this trend. Praise in public, punish in private, people. If you have to involve random people in the discipline of your children, you have failed as a parent.


...or, perhaps, your kid doesn't work that way. A world where children were born with the same mental and psychological capabilities as adults would be wonderful, but we don't live in that world. Even as adults we all need outside pressure, to varying degrees, in order to function. Some need it more than others. As you start looking back along the age scale this only gets more true, not less.
 
2012-06-19 12:47:25 PM  

BeesNuts: The My Little Pony Killer: Well, it's hardly a punishment if the kid is able to use the sign to hide his face. Slap that saying on a sandwich board and make him shake the hands of passersby.

BeesNuts: Son doesn't come home or let you know where he is.
.`.
Kick him out of house.

I don't get it.

RTFA. The kid wasn't kicked out of the house. He was merely shown a glimpse of his future.

I didn't call home much when I was a teenager either. Guess that means I'm homeless?

Seriously, dumb parenting is dumb, even if I do enjoy the schadenfreud. What the fark is this supposed to teach this kid, apart from hammering in the "don't fark with me, boy. I OWN you" authoritarianism that, in almost all cases, does more harm than good?

I find it funny as the next guy, but it's absolutely pointless. You know how you get your kids to grow up? You treat them like grownups. If this is the worst thing this kid has done, these parents need to take a look outside and get some perspective. If it's a series of these kinds of problems, then I'd say they failed long ago, and are probably the people who ACTUALLY need to take a glimpse at the future.


Because every kid is exactly the same and gosh darnit, why won't you read the goddamn textbook like the rest of us???

//again, I hope you don't have kids
 
2012-06-19 12:48:31 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: BeesNuts: Sounds like you taught your kids to rely on the opinion of others when evaluating their own self worth.

I know, how DARE people teach their children to consider the feelings of strangers in their day to day living. I bet your kids (I hope you don't have any) are self-centered little turds.


Relying on others opinions to determine self-worth is not the same as being a considerate human being.

Wouldn't it be nice if being a considerate person were something your kids did because of how it made THEM feel, rather than how they might make someone else feel?

/I take that as a "no, I haven't heard of Eudaimonia before."
//Shame. Maybe your kids will one day.
 
2012-06-19 12:51:34 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: BeesNuts: The My Little Pony Killer: Well, it's hardly a punishment if the kid is able to use the sign to hide his face. Slap that saying on a sandwich board and make him shake the hands of passersby.

BeesNuts: Son doesn't come home or let you know where he is.
.`.
Kick him out of house.

I don't get it.

RTFA. The kid wasn't kicked out of the house. He was merely shown a glimpse of his future.

I didn't call home much when I was a teenager either. Guess that means I'm homeless?

Seriously, dumb parenting is dumb, even if I do enjoy the schadenfreud. What the fark is this supposed to teach this kid, apart from hammering in the "don't fark with me, boy. I OWN you" authoritarianism that, in almost all cases, does more harm than good?

I find it funny as the next guy, but it's absolutely pointless. You know how you get your kids to grow up? You treat them like grownups. If this is the worst thing this kid has done, these parents need to take a look outside and get some perspective. If it's a series of these kinds of problems, then I'd say they failed long ago, and are probably the people who ACTUALLY need to take a glimpse at the future.

Because every kid is exactly the same and gosh darnit, why won't you read the goddamn textbook like the rest of us???

//again, I hope you don't have kids


You're taking all of this way too personally. Again. If you're going to dress me down over childraising, could you please not put words in my mouth?

/Didn't your parents teach you to care about how I might perceive you?
//hurr
 
2012-06-19 01:09:31 PM  
So what I'm getting out of this is that the kid called home a half hour late and it was actually one of his friends who called to ask permission for him to sleep over. This is exactly the kind of behavior I engaged in when I was 12, and my reason was that my parents treated even my most innocent requests with unreasonable hostility and suspicion; even when they ultimately gave me permission it just wasn't worth it. Once I got home in the morning I would invariably be grilled as to what I had done the night before; it was not a simple conversation, it was an interrogation, and they made it very clear that they didn't believe that all I had done was read comic books and play Nintendo, even though that was indeed the extent of my "troublemaking." More often than not I would end up getting grounded for "lying." I suspect what's going on in this case is closer to this scenario than the whole "good parents setting boundaries" shiat some of you seem to be assuming. Incidentally I haven't spoken to my parents in more than a decade.
 
2012-06-19 01:19:17 PM  

spentmiles: My sister was a manipulative bully. She was always bigger and stronger than me, so she imposed her will without mercy. The worst part was that my parents always believed whatever story she cooked up, always faulting me. I ended up having to stand outside our house with a sign that read, "HOMELESS, WON'T STOP HITTING HIMSELF."


Still looking for your 15 minutes..... good luck with that.
 
2012-06-19 01:22:37 PM  

BeesNuts: Thorazine: JasonKY: Really getting tired of this trend. Praise in public, punish in private, people. If you have to involve random people in the discipline of your children, you have failed as a parent.

Doesn't sound like you have children and if you do, they are young.

Sounds like you taught your kids to rely on the opinion of others when evaluating their own self worth.

Good for you. Ever heard of Eudaimonia?


How do we all know you don't have any kids? At least none that are well adjusted and normal.
 
2012-06-19 01:24:51 PM  

malaktaus: So what I'm getting out of this is that the kid called home a half hour late and it was actually one of his friends who called to ask permission for him to sleep over. This is exactly the kind of behavior I engaged in when I was 12, and my reason was that my parents treated even my most innocent requests with unreasonable hostility and suspicion; even when they ultimately gave me permission it just wasn't worth it. Once I got home in the morning I would invariably be grilled as to what I had done the night before; it was not a simple conversation, it was an interrogation, and they made it very clear that they didn't believe that all I had done was read comic books and play Nintendo, even though that was indeed the extent of my "troublemaking." More often than not I would end up getting grounded for "lying." I suspect what's going on in this case is closer to this scenario than the whole "good parents setting boundaries" shiat some of you seem to be assuming. Incidentally I haven't spoken to my parents in more than a decade.


Sounds like you weren't very trustworthy. Maybe your parents should have put you up for adoption.
 
2012-06-19 01:38:04 PM  

CasperImproved: malaktaus: So what I'm getting out of this is that the kid called home a half hour late and it was actually one of his friends who called to ask permission for him to sleep over. This is exactly the kind of behavior I engaged in when I was 12, and my reason was that my parents treated even my most innocent requests with unreasonable hostility and suspicion; even when they ultimately gave me permission it just wasn't worth it. Once I got home in the morning I would invariably be grilled as to what I had done the night before; it was not a simple conversation, it was an interrogation, and they made it very clear that they didn't believe that all I had done was read comic books and play Nintendo, even though that was indeed the extent of my "troublemaking." More often than not I would end up getting grounded for "lying." I suspect what's going on in this case is closer to this scenario than the whole "good parents setting boundaries" shiat some of you seem to be assuming. Incidentally I haven't spoken to my parents in more than a decade.

Sounds like you weren't very trustworthy. Maybe your parents should have put you up for adoption.


That probably would have been the best thing for all involved, since they clearly weren't cut out for the job of parenting.
 
2012-06-19 01:44:46 PM  

CasperImproved: BeesNuts: Thorazine: JasonKY: Really getting tired of this trend. Praise in public, punish in private, people. If you have to involve random people in the discipline of your children, you have failed as a parent.

Doesn't sound like you have children and if you do, they are young.

Sounds like you taught your kids to rely on the opinion of others when evaluating their own self worth.

Good for you. Ever heard of Eudaimonia?

How do we all know you don't have any kids? At least none that are well adjusted and normal.


No idea. But since you're willing to speak for everyone like that, I'm guessing you have an authority issue too.

God I love making completely unfounded assumptions about strangers on the internet. Sure does make me feel superior. What with my reliance on the opinions of others for my self respect. Telling strangers how other strangers feel about them sure is the action of a well adjusted and normal individual, isn't it.

What a breath of fresh air you are.
 
2012-06-19 01:59:58 PM  

BeesNuts: Thorazine: JasonKY: Really getting tired of this trend. Praise in public, punish in private, people. If you have to involve random people in the discipline of your children, you have failed as a parent.

Doesn't sound like you have children and if you do, they are young.

Sounds like you taught your kids to rely on the opinion of others when evaluating their own self worth.

Good for you. Ever heard of Eudaimonia?


Is that the guy in the article's little sister?
 
2012-06-19 02:05:12 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: BeesNuts: Thorazine: JasonKY: Really getting tired of this trend. Praise in public, punish in private, people. If you have to involve random people in the discipline of your children, you have failed as a parent.

Doesn't sound like you have children and if you do, they are young.

Sounds like you taught your kids to rely on the opinion of others when evaluating their own self worth.

Good for you. Ever heard of Eudaimonia?

Is that the guy in the article's little sister?


Niece.
 
2012-06-19 04:56:22 PM  

vudukungfu: I can hear the cop now, "Sorry I had to bother ou sir, but as you well know, your neighbors are busybody asshats with nothing better to do than call the cops every time something seems out of order here on Primrose lane. Carry on, good sir. "


I had a cop say this to me once. I was (apparently) parked on someones grass one night. After I left and went home, the cops showed up. Asked me if it was my car...I was like ... maybe? They said "well, someone said you parked on their grass. I checked it out and couldn't see any damage, but they said you did it, so I told them I would come talk to you. Consider this me talking to you. Have a nice day!" and then he left.

I talked to my friend about it later that day (whose house I was at...his neighbor called) and apparently he calls the cops on everyone all the time for all sorts of random crap.

/brool story co
 
2012-06-19 05:04:34 PM  
Hope there's a follow-up in a few months. Did he understand that he just got a low-cost education? Did the parents achieve the desired behavior modification?
 
2012-06-19 05:13:17 PM  

MythDragon: MBooda: Could have been worse.
[thisrecording.com image 325x401]

You know how I know you watch movies on basic cable?


lol
iknowrite?

not that i'm a fan of the N bomb, but that sign lacks some... punch?? that was in the original.
 
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