Family Resorts To Public Humiliation To Stop Teen From Stealing

What’s a parent to do with a sticky-fingered teenager who keeps stealing things from other family members? For one Memphis family, the answer was to make that teen stand on a busy street corner holding up a “I steal from my family” sign.

As if being gawked at by passersby isn’t humiliating a enough, the 13-year-old’s local ABC affiliate popped by to capture it all on camera.

The girls’ aunt tells the TV reporters that the teen had gotten into the habit of taking items from family members during the last couple years, but that when she stole her mom’s debit card to reactivate a cell phone that had been cut off to punish the girl, it was time to notch up the discipline.

“That’s why she’s out here, because she apparently has not learned her lesson,” the aunt explains.

Memphis Teen Learns Hard Lesson [ via]


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  1. rmorin says:

    Can a consumerist apologist try to explain how this is a consumer issue? I’d love to see someone try to convince themselves this has a legitimate place here.

    • axhandler1 says:

      I saw the words “debit card” in the story when I skimmed it in my rush to get to the comments. That places this firmly within the realm of consumer issues.

    • Fast Eddie Eats Bagels says:

      Child labor laws are ruining this country!

      The comment above is related to this article as much as this article is related to a consumer issue.

      • Fast Eddie Eats Bagels says:

        The only way this could tie into a consumer issue is if you use the two words from the title, public humiliation. You could publicly humiliate a company to fix your laptop or remove a $5 fee.

        This could also tie into the fact that Chris works for Skynet and knows that this young lady will be the next CEO of Bank of America.

    • AldisCabango says:

      Stealing from family is a gatway crime. First you steal from Aunty Jolene, then before you know it your being our the subject of a consumerist blog because you had to pay a 200 dollor fine for stealing a 79 cent donut.

    • AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

      She recativated a cell phone contract as a minor, but now the cell phone carrier won’t cancel that contract w/o a termination fee.

    • Caged Wisdom says:

      It absolutely is not a Consumerist issue! You should demand the money back that you’ve paid for access to this site and refuse to patronize any of their advertisers! Oh, wait…

      • GoldVRod says:

        “demand the money back that you’ve paid for access to this site and refuse to patronize any of their advertisers!”

        A reader has the right to voice an opinion regarding content since they’re simply using the forum tools that have been supplied by the site admins for exactly that purpose.

        • Perdair says:

          I was under the impression that the forum tools were for commenting on the posted stories, or commenting on existing discussion (as I am doing.) If you wanted to complain that a story was not suitable for the site, aren’t there ways you can contact the site admins or contributors to let them know you disagree with their editorial style? Must it be done in public?

        • JennQPublic says:

          Have you actually read the comments code? I suggest you do so. No, seriously, please do.

      • maxamus2 says:

        I’m sure with all the cookies the consumerist puts on your computer, and all the data they sell to advertisers about you, there is some cost to the consumer to use this website.

        I agree with the poster, how is this an article for the consumerist? This is more farkworthy.

    • RvLeshrac says:

      Can you try to explain how your post in any way contributes to the site? Are you hoping that your being a massive twat will improve readership?

    • kc2idf says:

      It absolutely is a consumer issue. If the parents had instead called for the debit card or cell phone company to do something about this, there would be a million posts saying “I blame the OP”. Guess what? This is a case of the OP taking action, so suck it up!

    • Costner says:

      There is always someone – typically more than a few – who will reach and stretch and grasp at any remote justification… but in the end you’re right. This is not an issue surrounding consumerism just as about 20-30% of the posts here aren’t.

      Frankly I’d rather they focused upon quality rather than quantity. Remove Phil’s “Top 5” lists, posts that don’t have a blatant and direct connection to consumer issues, and anything that doesn’t deliver on the core message (which used to be about shoppers “biting back” and stories about how to resolve complaints etc), and I firmly believe it would improve the site.

      Yes I know we don’t pay for this site, but I don’t pay for my local online edition of my newspaper either… it doesn’t mean I can’t offer input on what works and what doesn’t or that I can’t post a comment disagreeing with what an editorialist wrote.

      Frankly most websites don’t charge a subscription, but does that mean the user (ie Consumer) doesn’t have a voice in the content of the site? No… and to suggest such a thing is blatantly anti-consumer which is the exact inverse of what this site is supposed to be promoting.

      I also realize Consumerist doesn’t take ads, but how does that justify posting of non-consumer-centric news? Whether they had ads or not shouldn’t change whether they post things which are not exactly applicable to the core message.

      So yes – you’re right and this really shouldn’t be here. People will jump all over you for saying it, and if the admins see your comment you may even get disemvouled, but at the end of the day you are saying what many are thinking even if some don’t want to hear it.

      • JennQPublic says:

        It’s not that people don’t want to hear it because it’s controversial or taboo, but it adds nothing legitimate to the conversation. It’s also against the comments code we all agreed to follow when we signed up. It’s just a pointless filler comment, like “lol!” or “Me too!”

        If he doesn’t have anything worthwhile to say, he could at least leave the first comment for someone who does.

    • JennQPublic says:

      Here’s a novel idea- if the headline of an article suggests it is not consumer-related enough to satisfy you, DON’T CLICK ON IT. Some people like posts like this, and this site isn’t here solely for YOUR pleasure, so why don’t you suck it up and move on to another story, you goddamned whiner!

      I’m really sick of the comments being 50% “Why is this here?” and “You made a typo and I caught it and will now publicly point it out so everyone will see how smart I am!”

  2. Lethe says:

    I almost wish I had horrible kids too so I could do this to them.

    • missy070203 says:

      my kids only 8 and hasn’t done anything that i could use this kind of punishment for – bust I’m sure as shit going to use it first chance I get!!! I 100% support public humiliation as punishment—

  3. Don't Bother says:

    I know this is a recent story, but I know I saw another story like this in the past year or so of a parent using public humiliation to teach their child a lesson.

  4. homehome says:

    I APPLAUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Speak to them in their language, they understand humiliation.

    • cosby says:

      Personally I think it is a great idea. I’ve seen a few judges do stuff like this to adults as well. I feel this is worst then most of the other stuff they could do to the child and with any luck will teach them a lesson.

  5. longfeltwant says:

    Stole a credit card and used it? That’s an arrestin’ in my household.

  6. Ed says:

    She didn’t know taking the card and reactivating the phone was wrong? I don’t even understand how a mind can work like that. I think it is indicative of the “give me what I want when I want it” mentality today.

    • cspschofield says:

      All kids start out believing that they are entitled to whatever they want, RIGHT NOW. I certainly did. It is the job of, first, their parents and then their society to teach them that this isn’t going to play.

      This is why I cringe whenever I hear somebody say that children should be allowed to act ‘naturally’. I am convinced that such people are;

      A) Childless, thank the gods.

      B) Going to incredible lengths to thwart their kids bad behaviour without actually saying “no”, and consequently raising up a bunch of passive-agressive horrors.

      C) Raising a bunch of savage visigoths.

      • Nunov Yerbizness says:

        On behalf of the childless (actually blissfully childfree is more like it) people, let me say, unh-unh, it ain’t us who are saying children should be allowed to act “naturally.” We’re rather fatigued of people allowing their free-range little geniuses to run around like crack-addled chimpanzees, because telling them “no” would grievously injure their delicate self-esteem.

        And while I’m at it, bravo to Auntie for punishing sticky-fingered Li’l Pweshus in a way that the kid is not soon likely to forget.

  7. alstein says:

    This is as lame a publicity stunt as shooting your kid’s computer over a facebook post.

    • Lethe says:

      Except they didn’t film it and upload it themselves. A local news crew just happened to be close by.

      Disclaimer- I can’t see the video, so I could be wrong.

      • Kate says:

        Believe me, the computer shooting was even lamer and far more abusive.

        • Applekid ‚îÄ‚îÄ‚î¨ Ôªø„Éé( „Çú-„Çú„Éé) says:

          That laptop was comin’ straight for ‘im

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            Just like bunnies!

        • missy070203 says:

          personally i thought the computer shooter was a little funny…. reminded me of my Dad he is a retired Marine and when my sister got all stupid with the computer he took it out in the back yard and took a sledge hammer to it all Office Space Style—- mind you this was in the mid 90’s so it was huge and when dial up was pretty much the only option + AOL was still new… he got angry that people couldn’t dial the house because she was online 24-7—- nothing more annoying then picking up your phone and hearing AOL screaming and skreatching through the earpiece sledge hammer solved that.

        • gc3160thtuk says you got your humor in my sarcasm and you say you got your sarcasm in my humor says:

          I understand the Facebook computer shooter guy being upset by what his daughter posted but overall I found the dude to be a huge dick and shooting the laptop didn’t seem all gangsta to me. It didn’t even really explode apart or anything. It just had holes in it.

        • gc3160thtuk says you got your humor in my sarcasm and you say you got your sarcasm in my humor says:

          I understand the Facebook computer shooter guy being upset by what his daughter posted but overall I found the dude to be a huge dick and shooting the laptop didn’t seem all gangsta to me. It didn’t even really explode apart or anything. It just had holes in it.

        • Jawaka says:

          How was it abusive? The father was the one who bought the laptop that he shot.

        • pot_roast says:

          How was that “abusive” at all? Let me guess, it might upset the psyche of the delicate little flower?

          She should have thought about that before turning into a smarmy little know it all for the umpteenth time. (other articles have indicated that the girl has been a brat for a while now.)
          We shouldn’t have to bow down to the entitlement babies of America. Sorry. And that’s not abusive at all. Way to water down actual child abuse.

          Oh no. Poor Hannah doesn’t have a laptop anymore. #firstworldproblem

          • Kuri says:

            This is one of the times I’ll agree with that sentiment.

            Made me think of this image that was a bunch fo tweets and facebook posts of kids losing their shit over not getting a new car, Iphone, or both for Christmas. I want to track them down and smash whatever else it was they got.

        • Kuri says:

          He was anything BUT abusive. He bought the laptop

          She was just being the type of kid the older generations complain endlessly about.

          She was given chance after chance after chance, exaggerated the chores her parents ASKED her to do(with her equally bratty friends egging it on)

          I’ll agree completely that he over reacted, but she was being a bitch and over reacted to being asked to help around the house.

          The type of kid who likely loses her shit over getting an Android instead of an Iphone for her birthday.

          • Kestris says:

            And you know what? The way she behaves is a direct result of how HER PARENTS raised her. So, honestly, what did they expect? Raise a kid to be lazy and disrespectful, don’t be surprised when that’s how they turn out.

            • RayanneGraff says:

              OR- kids become disrespectful little jerks because of outside influences, like their idiotic friends. It’s obvious that his daughter’s original facebook post was an attempt to show off for her friends, and they egged her on & congratulated her. I had an “asshole” phase around age 15 too, and it was fueled mostly by trying to be a badass to impress my friends.

        • noramine says:

          I don’t get why he didn’t just sell it or something.

        • RayanneGraff says:

          Have you ever heard the word “strict”? When used in reference to parenting, it describes parents who do not put up with the kind of shit from their kids that most modern, wimpy parents do. When a strict parent’s child misbehaves, that child is punished and corrected, and that child learns that their parents actually mean what they say. Thus, the child learns that their behavior is wrong.

          I’m only 31, but I don’t understand what has happened to parents since the time I was young. When my dad told me what to do and what NOT to do, I listened because I’d be in a world of trouble if I didn’t. I respected my parents & they made it clear that they were in charge, not me. Nowadays, it’s the exact opposite. Kids are in charge, and it’s considered “abuse” to make kids feel bad by saying no or administering any form of discipline. Sad. We’re raising a generation of selfish, self-entitled little assholes.

          • Peggee is deeply offended by impetulant, pernicious little snots disrespecting her and violating her personal space at Best Buy. says:

            Sad. We’re raising a generation of selfish, self-entitled little assholes.

            Check the article on the judge. They were already raised decades ago.

            Or, conversely, actually work with people on a regular basis. Of all the employees I had to fire last year for theft (of merchandise and/or company time), insubordination, and BS worker’s comp claims (actually, corporate had to officially get rid of those two, not me), only one was under forty.

  8. Straspey says:

    That might work in Memphis –

    But if it happened in New York, the headline would read something like…

    “Parents arrested and charged with child cruelty for forcing their underage child to stand on a street corner holding a sign in which he admits to stealing”

    Somebody would call the police, who would show up and question the child – at which point he would be placed into the custody of Child Protective Services while his parents would be arrested and charged.

    And yes – their other children would also be removed from the home – either to be placed with relatives, or also into CPS – until such time as an investigation could be completed.

    Certainly something needs to be done about the young thief – but that scenario would not fly here in New York.

    • Don't Bother says:
      • gc3160thtuk says you got your humor in my sarcasm and you say you got your sarcasm in my humor says:

        I haven’t read it yet but I’m about to but lemme guess it’s cause they don’t love the kid?

    • nicless says:

      So, in a list of reasons not to move to New York

      1. Cops are insane (as indicated by random blog comment posted by random person at least)

      • Straspey says:

        I just love it when people put words make these unbelievably insane and bat-shit conclusions…

        Random blog post by native New Yorker who pays attention and is aware of the local and state statutes regarding the treatment of underage children – laws which are enforced by the police…similar to the way you expect the police to enforce the laws where you live.

        And – Nobody asked or invited you to move here and live in New York — certainly not I.

    • Jawaka says:

      In New York some crack head would steal her sign and the cell phone that she stole money to activate.

    • LMA says:

      B.S. I’ll never forget how back in the early ’90s, when I still lived in NY, some kids got caught graffiti-ing a wall in my folks’ tony Westchester County neighborhood. The judge sentenced them not only to clean up their graffiti, but he gave them responsibility for the wall for a whole *year* — if anyone else tagged the wall, they had to scrub that off too! And you just *know* other kids did that just to screw with them. But they had to do it because the deal was that if they complied with the order, he’d wipe their juvie record so it wouldn’t show up when the applied to colleges and stuff. And in Westchester, you don’t go to college — a *top* college? Your life is done.

  9. GreatWhiteNorth says:

    I would not do this to a child of mine for any conceivable reason!

    I do hope it ends well for the girl and family, but I see it going horribly wrong.

    • Lethe says:

      What could go wrong? I’m not being sarcastic. I honestly don’t know what could be wrong. The kid keeps stealing? It likely would have happened anyway. I don’t see how this is that different than making your kid humiliate herself/himself by going back to a store where they shoplifted and turning herself/himself in.

    • daynight says:

      Is it that you believe that no one should have any consequences to their own actions and choices? Is that what is so horrible to you?

      • theduckay says:

        Maybe he/she loves their child enough to not want them to be publicly humiliated, let alone on local television? Because that sure sounds horrible to me, and I would never put the child I love and care for through that either. The whole internet now knows what this girl looks like and are opening ridiculing her for stealing, which is a private family issue that should have been dealt with in that way…privately. I wouldn’t ruin my child’s future reputation over re-activating a stupid cell phone. If a judge orders her to do that, that’s one thing, but parents are supposed to protect you from humiliation, not cause it.

        • tsukiotoshi says:

          But isn’t that the point? She should feel horrible and humiliated for stealing from her family. Apparently simple punishments weren’t working, so public humiliation it is. Hopefully she learns a lesson and stops stealing stuff. Otherwise, she’ll be in and out of jail for the rest of her life.

        • teamplur says:

          clearly you haven’t raised a child like this. Once they start stealing from you and live a life of constant lies and deceit, they are no longer ‘your cute baby you cared and raised for’. That child becomes a burden on the house. A threat to security that must constantly be supervised or restricted to prevent further violations. Basically they are like having a prison inmate in your home. Now if, thru good choices and time spent being retrained, that child can be a constructive member of the household, then things can go back to normal :D
          What’da’ya know? That’s how real life society works!

    • Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

      Okay, then what would you do to a child who did this?

  10. smo0 says:

    Reminds me of the father with the laptop… however this is less threatening…
    But if she has some sort of klepto disorder – she needs to be treated, not humiliated.

    • homehome says:

      That’s nice and all but if she has that problem it needs to be handled immediately, she does that to the wrong person she’ll end up in a ditch.

      • failurate says:

        Pretty sure Kleptomania is stealing mostly random things. She was stealing things to use herself, like money. She wasn’t being sick, she was being a bad person.

        • smo0 says:

          That’s why I said IF…. you don’t know where these things start….

          • RvLeshrac says:

            Kleptomania is never about stealing useful things. Kleptomania is about stealing *anything* you see, whether you have any use for it or not.

            Taking your mother’s card to reactivate your cellphone is thievery, not kleptomania.

  11. axolotl says:

    Cool font, yo

    • Mit Long says:

      That’s the first thing I noticed. Apparently they write in a language that uses 7’s as F’s

      • Cacao says:

        That F is written like the cursive F. Also, I applaud that whoever made the sign wrote it big and dark enough to read. Too often amateur signs are not legible from far away.

  12. Jane_Gage says:

    It would be funny if she picked the pocket of the interviewer.

  13. Nobby says:

    Some kids are just bad and need harsh punishment. They may be stupid but they’re not stupid. They know exactly what they’re doing.

  14. Fubish says: I don't know anything about it, but it seems to me... says:

    This is not a great idea. Family problems should be handled privately – not publicly. Nice going by that local TV station to put her on the news, too. Ugh.

    • El_Fez says:

      And do what? Spank her? Talk sternly to her? Take away her phone? Oh wait – they already took away her phone, and it didn’t work.

      • caradrake says:

        Yeah. I think that this is a good idea, personally. Humiliate them and they are much less likely to repeat the behavior later on.

        When I was a kid, whenever I was humiliated (such as by giving the wrong answer in first grade and the other kids laughed at me), it left a life-long impression that also immediately behaved how I perceived the world and how I acted. I didn’t want to be humiliated again so I tried to make sure I wouldn’t be.

        • RayanneGraff says:

          Ditto. Nothing gets burned into a child’s psyche quite as indelibly as embarrassment. I remember EVERY embarrassing moment from my childhood- farting in class, tripping & falling in the lunchroom, etc. And I remember misbehaving & absolutely BEGGING my mom not to tell anyone what I did. Humiliation DEFINITELY works!

  15. Ablinkin says:

    Hmmmm…to big to spank,obviously this young girl has the traditional bad “I know it all” attitude teenage toward her parents, and she certainly is getting off to a good career of being a thief.

    I applaud her parents for grabbing the bull by the horns and attempting some tough love. After raising six teenagers I can truly appreciate the desperation that they must have gone through before making this girl carry this sign. While I’m sure it wasn’t their first choice it certainly shows how much they really care for her and wants to get her back on the right path.

  16. BeastMD1 says:

    Whats with all of the griping every time someone feels that a post does not belong here.. So they post some cute, or human interest stories, so what? Its not like this site has pages and pages of news a day that make it hard to figure out what you want to read and don’t want to read.

    • Fubish says: I don't know anything about it, but it seems to me... says:

      Plus the ad hominem attacks on Phil.

    • JennQPublic says:

      If every single story had to be highly consumer-related, we’d only get two or three stories a day. I prefer it this way. I’m willing to bet most people do, but they don’t post “I don’t mind the occasional only-vaguely-if-at-all-consumer-related post” on every single post that fits that description.

      Of course, if Consumerist actually disemvoweled all those junk posts like the comment code alleges they will, people might eventually knock it off. If only they had someone whose job was to moderate comments. Like, a moderator or something…

      (Part of me wants to apologize for being snarky, but not really. This has been going on a long time, and it’s gotten really annoying. Even when the first comment violates the comment code, Roz ignores it. It’s not okay. I quit flagging them, because the captcha thing rarely works properly for me. But there’s no way anyone who actually reads the comments could miss them, so I don’t get what the excuse for constantly letting it slide could be.)

  17. FreeMarketFan says:

    Some time in juvi would have done the girl a bit better.

  18. ancientone567 says:

    I would have turned out so much better if my parents did this to all the bad little thieving kids! ROFL The girl still does not get it. Watch the video. Talk about stupid. You can’t fix stupid folks!

  19. Cat says:

    Yea, it’s easy to criticize parents, but if my kid were that poorly behaved? What are your options, as the parent? Juvie? Police? Jail? Is any of that worse than a public shaming?

    I don’t know.

    Kids are pretty disrespectful and hard to control these days, maybe we should bring back Stocks and Pillories. They worked for thousands of years…

    • Fubish says: I don't know anything about it, but it seems to me... says:

      Public humiliation of a 13-year old isn’t the best of solutions.

      • Cat says:

        Then, pray tell us, what does work? Maybe it is the one thing that will work for this kid.

        Share your magic solution with us, oh great parenting expert.

        • Fubish says: I don't know anything about it, but it seems to me... says:

          Ummm… I have dealt with troubled children – I could not begin to tell you how these parents should effectivley deal with this problem because I know nothing about it except through that foolish “news” report. However, I do know that public humiliation is not in the best interests of the child, parents or family.

          And stay off my lawn.

    • Hoss says:

      If the kid was that bad — she wouldn’t stand there with the sign. Psychological punishment isn’t the answer.

  20. jeni1122 says:

    Instead of publicly humiliating the teenager, maybe the parents should try and get to the root cause of the issue with a mental health professional.

    Maybe they should also take a good long look at their parenting skills and think about why their kid has a issue with theft.

    • Cat says:

      Exactly. It MUST be the parent’s fault*, or a mental problem. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the crowd she hangs with or the messages American culture gives her.

      * Source: Every mass murderer who blamed his parents for being a little bastard.

    • CubeRat says:

      I think the family is getting to the root of the problem. I see the problem as a person who does not respect the other members of the household (and other family); who believes that their immediate demands must be met by others; and the idea that ‘…you can’t do anything about it.’

      Teaching a child that there are consequences to actions will benefit the child and society. You may feel that this course of action is too sever, but the family has tried in the past, including taking away the child’s cell phone. A very public action like this will make this child think through their actions.

      My nephew and his friend broke into a neighborhood church when he was 10. They did not do any damage to the church, but did mug for the security camera…. The minister knew where my nephew lived and called the police. When the police came to speak to my sister, she allowed them to charge him. The judge lectured both boys and as part of their punishment, both boys had to go to the church the next Sunday and admit to the congregation what they had done and apologize. They also had to go to their own churches and admit to the congregations what they had done. Both boys learned that they were responsible for their behavior, and that misbehavior would result in consequences.

      • Don't Bother says:

        You are so right.

        Something that some of the other commenters have been missing is that this solution doesn’t work for all kids. This may be the best sort of punishment for this girl. For another girl? Something else could easily take its place.

        I think the parents are doing their child a service by teaching her a life-long lesson.

      • jeni1122 says:

        Good argument. I especially like that the boys had to apologize in front of the congregation for what they did. Hopefully they learned their lesson.

        My concern is not necessarily with the public humiliation, it is with the girl and possibly larger underlying issues that are causing her to steal that the public humiliation is not going to address.

    • Potted-Plant says:

      It couldn’t possibly be that she’s just a selfish little brat. Oh no.

      Therapy only works for adults and children who want to change.

      • jeni1122 says:

        Duly noted, but children many times can be a a reflection of ourselves. Thought therapy was worth a suggestion…

        • Potted-Plant says:

          Young children reflecting their parents, yes. Thirteen is old enough to have her own identity and sense of self. She’s five years away from adulthood. Time to start thinking through the consequences of her actions.

  21. MECmouse says:

    Not much on publically humiliating a child but everything else has probably failed. She would have nothing in my household but jeans, plain tshirts, and tennis shoes. Everything would be taken away from her tv privileges to that blue ribbon in her hair. Her days would be filled with chores, homework and studying.

    But then, I was raised that you EARN what you get — it’s not just handed to you.

    • Cat says:

      You also earn your punishment. It doesn’t just randomly happen to you because “My parents hate me!”.

    • pot_roast says:

      My ex wife and I had to try that with her kid. It did not phase him in any way at all. He still continued with the “It’s not MY fault” attitude and defiant behavior (at school and home) – even seeing counselors & psychiatrists didn’t help.

  22. daynight says:

    The mother obviously was trying various methods to get her daughter to smarten up. So it is either time to give up or try something different. She did.
    Theft is wrong. It is a crime. Yes, juvie is an option, but that is much more sever than what actually happened.
    Don’t forget that just because it is done to a loved one does not make it OK. Consider the battered wife who ‘protects’ her abuser. Keep the secret in the dark and it can grow bigger and nastier.
    I applaud the creativity and guts of the mother who stood up to try a different method because it just might work.

  23. debjwhe says:

    I pray it’s a success!

  24. temporaryerror says:

    Does she smoke with cigarettes too?

  25. Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

    Cue the related story about the CPS investigation in 3… 2…1…

  26. Emerald4me says:

    I had a friend who walked her son to his first class in her p.j.’s and robe. Told my daughter that would also work for us. She straighten right up.

  27. framitz says:

    My step son broke into and stole from the Little League snack bar.

    When I found out, I immediately called the police and reported it. My Step Son gave back most of what he stole and we made an agreement that he would work off the rest by cleaning up after games for a certain period.

    I may sound like an asshole, but by calling police my self and working with them it helped to reduce the severity of the situation and my step son learned a good lesson that stuck to this day.

  28. Pigfish99 the randomly insane says:

    Well, I’m not sure if this punishment is overkill, but with today’s society, its damn awesome that a family isn’t slacking on them.

    Seriously, most kids get a slap on the wrist.

  29. Outrun1986 says:

    I think this is a good idea, but it should be used as a last resort and only if other punishments fail. Parents should try other things before resorting to this. The girl is old enough to know that stealing is wrong so it’s deserving. You could make her apologize to the parents, but she has probably already done that and I don’t think that would register too much with this girl even if it was done. If action is not taken the stealing will just continue and this girl will develop worse problems later in life.

    Also if it was done around here someone should be keeping an eye on her to make sure that she is really holding the sign and that no one does anything malicious to her while standing on the side of the road.

    Stealing that debit card and using it for what she did without notifying the parents first could cause huge problems with the families finances as well depending on the situation. A lesson on basic finances is also in order for this girl, and no it is not too early.

  30. Jemaine says:

    What’s a 7amily?

  31. BorkBorkBork says:

    Tough love – I like it.

    That’s what I get from listening to the Aunt speak. She loves the girl, but you’ve gotta nip these actions in the bud before they go off the deep end.

    My mother is foster-raising a niece who’s very similar to this girl in the news story: same age, same attitude. Thankfully tough love has resulted in some improvements over the past two years, but my niece is so dang hard-headed that there’s a long way yet to go.

  32. T. Bone says:

    Here in Crook County Chicago ILL. this young lady would be a future politician.

  33. dush says:

    Next sign should read “I have poor penmanship”

  34. Kestris says:

    Well, certainly better than videoing yourself shooting the cellphone, then posting it to her Facebook page…

  35. APCO25guy says:

    I applaud the aunt for putting her sticky fingering niece out for all to see, warning us to keep our wallets and valuables safe from her.

    that being said, at least SOMEONE in that girls’ family is taking charge of her discipline. If no one does, the system will- and no telling who the next victim might be, nor how far the niece will escalate to. Maybe this time it was stealing her auntie’s CC, then the car, then when she needs/wants something else, she robs someone. If it’s not stopped NOW at home, it will spill out into the street.

    Memphis is no place to stand out on the street and proclaim anything, I’m surprised her and her aunt weren’t kidnapped and raped. It’s a violent town, one of the poorest, most disenfranchised cities in the South.

  36. u1itn0w2day says:

    It’s a consumer issue because we pay for the child welfare system via taxes. We pay for juvenile deliquents with higher prices from businesses victims of theft. I guess the question here is should child welfare have intervened? Should our taxes dollars be working on this case?

  37. TheCorporateGeek Says Common Sense Is The Key says:

    Humiliation in front of your peers works wonders for unruly kids. Mine constantly disrupted her class and wouldn’t keep her mouth shut so I told her I’d come up to school and spank her in front of her class…….of course she didn’t believe me but low and behold I show up and commence her punishment. She was very well behaved in class after that.

  38. Fuschiadiva says:

    My husband and i did this to our son back in 1997 when he was 13 years old and was caught stealing $20 out of my purse. His behavior was fast becoming a real problem and we wanted to impose a punishment that would really get his attention. So my husband purchased some posterboard and zip ties and made a sandwichboard that read; “I choose to steal from and lie to my parents, please ask me what I did.” We made him wear this posterboard to one of our other children’s school football games and he spent the entire game taking questions and getting alot of grief from his peers. Of course there were the bleeding heart parents who berated us for such excessive measures and a few even brought it to the attention of the campus authorities, but it was decided that we were not breaking any laws. I have to say, it worked better than any corporal punishment ever would have and we never had any other major issues with this type of behavior.