A frustrated mom decided to punish her children for damaging their bathtub by selling their toys in an eBay auction.
The mother posted this explanation with the auction:
“We are selling 8 Beyblades, 2 of them light up. As you can tell, they are not happy about this! They have been using their bathtub as a “battle arena” and Beyblades + Bathtub = Destruction!!! With the metal ones they managed to scrape the enamel off the tub, take a chunk of tub out and break off the soap holder. SO if you “win” this auction DON’T play with in a bathtub!!! We have received a quote of $500.00 to replace the tub, some tiles, and soap holder + labor of course! They had approximately $125.67 in their piggy banks that will be going to toward the cost. We will use the profit from this auction towards the balance and then it is onto other toys!”
What’s even more disturbing is that she posted picture of her upset children on the auction page. One of them is clearly crying, the other is holding a giant plastic bag containing, apparently, the Beyblades.
Beyblade, incidentally, is a Japanese cartoon series that features spinning tops as weapons. Those spinning tops seem to have done the number on her bathtub.
But to sell a child’s toys on eBay and post a picture of the sad kids for the world to see? Wow…that’s overkill in my book.
I’m not the only one, either. There’s an internet website whose members found out about the punishment and decided to turn the tables on the mom, placing fake bids that took the price from $69 up to $999,999. The auction was ultimately shut down.
Good for them!
A child expert told CBS’s Early Show this morning that the effects of such a move could be long-term. Not only could it cause the kids grief and anxiety, but it could also backfire for the mom: the kids could be motivated to be more sneaky about what they do in the future to avoid detection.
Not exactly the outcome she likely would have had in mind.