10 Most Controversial Cases of Parents Punishing Their Kids in Public

1The Mother Who is Selling One Direction Tickets on eBay to Teach Her Daughter a Lesson

A mom in Australia is auctioning off four tickets to One Direction's upcoming concert and makes it very clear why they are for sale. Her complete description reads:
THIS AUCTION IS FOR ALL 4 ONE DIRECTION TICKETS IN SYDNEY OCTOBER 25th. You can thank my daughter's 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 PRANK 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 guy's 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 DON'T 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. It's my job to raise a responsible adult..not nurture bad habits in my teen age child.

A link to the ad hit number one on Reddit,, and commenters joined the ongoing debate about whether publicly shaming kids for their behavior is appropriate -- or even effective.

The overall consensus was that while Mom has every right to sell her daughter's tickets, including a message that shamed her daughter so harshly was going too far.

2The Father Who Shot His Daughter's Laptop

Tommy Jordan found his way to YouTube fame by shooting his daughter's laptop on camera. However, despite the criticism he's received, the father says he'd do it all over again.

It all started when Jordan's 15-year-old daughter, Hannah, wrote a note complaining about her responsibilities and posted it on Facebook. Dad, who's an information technology specialist, spotted the message and took to the Internet to teach his daughter a very public lesson by sending a bullet through her computer and uploading the video.

Days after the video went viral, the North Carolina father announced on his Facebook wall that he would not be talking to the media. In the post, Jordan emphasized that his actions didn't harm anyone.

In addition to receiving thousands of opinions about his actions, Jordan received a visit from the police and Child Protective Services. During the visit, a social worker reviewed some parenting tips while the officers allegedly congratulated him for a lesson well taught.

Jordan posted on his Facebook wall that he'd do the whole thing over again, though with a few minor tweaks; he'd ditch the cigarette, retract calling his daughter an "ass," change hats, and shine his boots. Otherwise, he stands by his actions.

3The Father Who Made His Daughter Wear an Embarrassing Shirt to School for Breaking Curfew

One dad got pretty creative with his punishment for his daughter, according to a viral photo posted to the online forum Reddit. The picture shows a very unhappy daughter wearing a shirt emblazoned with what appears to be her father's scowling face and the words "Try Me!!"

The caption of the picture explains that the girl was forced to wear the shirt to school for a week as punishment for breaking her curfew.

4The Dad Who Got Back at His Daughter by Wearing Short Shorts to Dinner

A father got back at his daughter by wearing a pair of short shorts in public after she refused to take hers off and put on longer ones. Scott Mackintosh decided to surprise his teenage daughter Myley by wearing the attire to a planned dinner and miniature golf outing. On top of this, he sported a t-shirt that said, "Best. Dad. Ever."

Despite the numerous stares and the totally awkward evening, the 52-year-old's daughter didn't seem to mind, and even posted photos of him in the shorts on her Tumbler account. "I know it sounds weird to try to embarrass her but I wanted her to know that she's of great worth," Mr. Mackintosh said.

Myley added, "It got a point across. I just learned the lesson of how much he loves me and that he really cares about it."

5The Furious Mother Who Forced Her Daughter to Stand on a Corner with a Sign After Her Miley Cyrus-Style Twerking

A California mom ordered public shaming for her 11-year-old daughter after she caught the girl twerking at a school dance. Frances Hena forced her daughter, Jamie, to stand at a busy Bakersfield intersection with a sign that read, “I was disrespecting my parents by twerking at my school dance."

Regardless of the sign, Hena said she's not sure that Jamie understands how seriously she takes the lewd dancing.

6The Mother Who Changed Her Daughter's Facebook Profile to Teach Her a Lesson

Instead of being forced to stand in the corner as punishment for her bad behavior, 13-year-old Ava Abbott received a punishment fit for the digital age.

After discovering that Ava was talking smack on the social networking site, her mother, Denise Abbott, went to Facebook. She was tired of Ava “mouthing off” on Facebook, so she edited her daughter's page to reflect that.

The Ohio mom replaced her daughter's Facebook cover photo with a picture of Ava that places an X squarely over her mouth.

“I do not know how to keep my mouth shut,” Denise wrote onto the image. “I am no longer allowed on Facebook or my phone. Please ask why, my mom says I have to answer everyone that asks.”

Naturally, plenty of Ava's friends asked why. Denise made Ava send the following email to anyone who asked her:
“I feel like I deserved it because I was mean to my mom and spoke disrespectful to her in front of my friends. Facebook is a big part of my social life, and it's how me and my friends find out what is going on and making plans and about school work and projects. It made me realize that I didn't want my picture on there like that because all of my friends were asking me what happened and what I did. I told the people that asked me and my mom why that I spoke to my mom mean when she was doing nice stuff for me and my friends. I know my mom always makes sure I don't get away with stuff like that and I was sorry. Thank you, Ava.”

7The Parents Who Made Their Daughter Wear an Embarrassing Sign for Sneaking Boys into Her Room

Parents in Flagler County, FL took an unusual approach to discipline their daughter. 16-year-old Jasmine was forced to hold up a big sign on a busy street. Her sign read, "I sneak boys in at 3 AM and disrespect my parents and grandparents."

Jasmine's parents said that the punishment was a last resort after a year of bad behavior. Jasmine's father said that it was all about love and that he even took a day off of work to implement the punishment.

Motorists driving by had mixed reactions to the parents' approach. While some approved, others told the parents that they were worried about the consequences of the lesson.

8The Mother Who Put Her Son's Car Up for Sale Because He Drove Under the Influence

In January 2013, an angry mother in Wyoming put her 16-year-old son's Ford Ranger up for sale because he got caught driving drunk. The 1993 Ford Ranger was driven for three months “before son forgot to use his brain” and got caught driving drunk. The ad, listed in the newspaper under “400 For Sale: Trucks” in the Northern Wyoming Daily News, says to call the meanest mother in Wyoming and lists her phone number.

9The Father Who Shamed His Daughter with a Sticker for Denting His Car

While we're not entirely certain which parent crafted this ingenious form of public punishment, we're pretty sure that only a girl's father could come up with something this humiliating.

10The Mom Who Punished Her Son with a Sign Reading, "Smoked pot, got caught!"

A South Carolina mom is making her son learn a very public lesson about smoking pot.
After the 13-year-old boy was busted with marijuana, April Mathison of Beaufort forced her son to walk up and down a main intersection in the town this weekend while wearing a sign that read, "Smoked pot, got caught! Don't I look cool? Not!" and "Learn from me, don't do drugs."

April Mathison said that she decided on the unusual form of punishment because "time outs and taking things away just doesn't work anymore." Brandon, who walked the intersection with the bright yellow sign two times over the weekend, says that the punishment definitely made an impression on him.