Monday, August 13th, 2012

How Hard Can You Helicopter Parent?

You can all stop writing your kids' college essays and letting them live at home till 26 now and telling your friends that they're doing great, because someone finally took gold in "making excuses for your kid."

Police said a 14-year-old stole a car on Sunday then led officers on a chase that ended in a crash on a Parkway East ramp…. "My son was wrong for taking that vehicle but someone jumped out of their car and a 14-year-old seen the opportunity to take the car. He didn't break the car to steal it. They left the keys in the car. I think as an adult we have some type of ownership to being responsible for our vehicles," the boy's mother said.

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mathnet (#27)

"It's great that she taught him how to drive a blame shift." –my friend Gregory.

mathnet (#27)

And this is my other favorite part: "The boy's mother said she doesn't think police should have followed her son. 'He had no right to chase my son. It could have been a situation where maybe it was just a joyride down the street. Maybe he wanted to go further than he felt like walking,' she said."

C_Webb (#855)

@mathnet That last sentence sounds like a particularly profound Ryan Lochte tweet.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@C_Webb I think it's worth repeating (leave no 'Ctrl C' un'Ctrl V'd): "Maybe he wanted to go further than he felt like walking". When you put it like that, my brain wants to puke.

hershmire (#233,671)

Look, it was wrong for my son to have stabbed the man, but he was walking around without any metal plating. He just made it too easy.

Dave Bry (#422)

It's called "entrapment."

Laugh now, but just wait until someone leaves their keys in a running helicopter.

LotaLota (#1,703)

Back when I worked retail, we had a furious mother call the store manager and blame him for the fact that her daughter had been caught shoplifting at the store. According to the mom, if the employees had been watching her daughter, her daughter would never have tried to steal anything.

flossy (#1,402)

What does the car expect, out late at night, all dressed like that?

GailPink (#9,712)

And the Mother's grammar is also excellent. Not.

C_Webb (#855)

@GailPink Well, people shouldn't leave words and punctuation just lying around like that.

deepomega (#1,720)

"He didn't steal that car, the car KIDNAPPED HIM."

jfruh (#713)

REAL OVERPARENTING TALK: If you're 24 and still living at home, are really "living at home" if you're paying rent (that is obviously lower than what you'd pay for an actual apartment, but still) and chipping in for groceries? Asking for my stepbrother in 1991 when my mom and I moved in and I was all like "Why is this guy living here, what the hell, I'm going to colege in a year and never coming back."

mathnet (#27)

From the car owner, Melissa Leon · Plum Senior High School

"The boys mother said she is mad that I had left my keys in my car. Even through my keys were in my purse that she didn't know. Your son went through my purse took my keys then stole my car. He had come on to property that wasn't him went thought belonging that wasn't his and stole my vehicle. I know when I was 14 I knew right from wrong. My mom once made me take a pack of gum back that I had stolen when I was 10. And that family does not live in that neighborhood so another thing when I was 14 I was not permitted to leave my street. So I have a question where was the mother? I am 20 years old just graduated college worked 3-4 jobs for 3 years now ranging about 100 hours a week. My car was paid off cash. And for someone to take that away from me and tell me it's my fault..well lady apparently you need a reality check." ( )

mathnet (#27)

@mathnet [cough] Reality check for you too, though: Stop commenting and maybe get a lawyer [cough]

atipofthehat (#797)

I hope JPL remembered to put locks on the Curiosity rover, just in case.

J3rrYcid (#238,559)

What! That has got to be one of the worst helicopter parenting stories I have heard. The kid, who is not exactly that young, stole someone else's car! This is no time to be defending him!

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