How do you teach your kids a lesson they'll remember? Take their ice cream and dump the whole thing in the trash.
That's what Bravo TV's "Jersey Belle" star Jaime Primak Sullivan did, and it seems like everyone on the planet has something to say about her decision.
In a Facebook post this week, the mom of three described how she just might be the meanest mom ever. Primak Sullivan took her kids to Dairy Queen after dinner. But when the server handed each child his or her ice cream, none of the kids looked the employee in the eye or thanked her or their mom.
"So I waited. I counted to 10 in my head as they dug into their ice cream and the young lady just looked at me (probably because she thought I was hearing voices) and I watched as my children strolled out the door," Primak Sullivan wrote. "I followed them outside where I calmly collected their ice creams and my kids watched in horror as I deposited them into the nearby garbage can."
The kids soon "launched into mass hysteria." After the mom waited patiently for them to calm down, she explained to them that "one day, if they were lucky, they would work a job like that young lady. And I would hope that people would see them. Really see them. Look them in the eye and say thank you. We are too old at 8/7/5 to move through our days without exercising manners and honestly basic human decency. So today, I am the meanest mom in the world."
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The post has been shared more than 40,000 times to date, and people everywhere continue to chime in. Restaurant servers thanked her for instilling in her kids "manners and plain human decency" while others criticized her for her harshness. "It's not like they were intentionally disrespectful, they just forgot to say thank you," mom Cayla Mullins commented. "Fear is not an acceptable way to teach your kids."
Primak Sullivan responded to the reactions in a video the following day. She adds that this is not the first time she's tried to get her kids to be respectful; asking them to say thank you or marching them back into a store before never made an impact.
"I get it. They're kids. They're excited bout ice cream. ... When I go to a bar, I'm excited about a cosmopolitan, but you're not going to see me snatch it out of the bartender's hand and then run away like a thief in the night without acknowledging him or saying thank you. That doesn't happen. And believe me, I need the cosmo worse than they need the ice cream."