In the latest episode of parenting gone viral, a man in Jacksonville, Fla., has sold his son's SUV after the 18-year-old committed a variety of offenses, including losing his job for being a no-show for two days, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "I have my son's truck up for sale that I bought for him as his first car," Allan Gieger Jr. writes in a Craigslist ad. "He thinks it's cool to drive around with his friends smokin dope and acting all thug and especially not showing me and my wife the respect that we deserve." Gieger also posted the ad to Facebook, which was shared by friends, and then by friends of friends, until, as one commenter noted, "You've gone viral, my man." Gieger tells CNN that he had the best interest of his son, Allan Gieger III, in mind when he decided to sell the '98 Ford Explorer.
"We tried talking to him," Gieger says. He finally decided to get "creative," adding, "I was tired of being embarrassed." From the ad: "This was a vehicle to finish school in, get a decent job and get a head start on life but chose to throw it all away because his friends would rather have an influence on him more than me!" Now the younger Gieger "can put those Jordans to use" walking to school. But the son doesn't seem to have hard feelings, telling the Sentinel, "Me and him, we've always had a good relationship, a good connection." The SUV, despite being "dirty as hell inside," sold in two hours, per CNN. It might have helped that Gieger offered a $250 discount for locals, "just so he sees it every now and then so it'll remind him of how good he had it!" (At least there was no gun duel involved, like this father-daughter incident in Colorado.)