Mum sells kids' toys on eBay as punishment

A mum in the US has sold her sons' toys on eBay after they destroyed a bathtub.

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Forget the naughty corner or time-outs. A mother in the US has come up with a way of disciplining her misbehaving children that is both effective and profitable.

After her two boys damaged the bathtub doing battle with their Japanese manga Beyblades spinning tops, Dana Stillwagon put her sons' treasured toys up on eBay as a punishment and a way to recoup some of the money it would take to replace the damage, MSN reported.

If you're wondering how much damage a spinning top — even a fancy one — can do, Stillwagon described some of the bathtub carnage on her sale listing on eBay.

"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," Stillwagon wrote.

The repair bill was quoted at $500 and the eBay sale profits along with the US$125.67 from her sons' piggy banks were going towards paying for the damage, she wrote.

The listing included a photo of her two boys, one holding up a zip-lock bag containing the offending items and the other son in tears at the loss of his beloved Beyblades.

The auction eventually had to be cancelled after online community www.4Chan.com put up a post calling for people to bid on the item, causing it to rise to more than US$9000.

Your say: Do you think this is a good punishment method? What are some other out-of-the-ordinary ways you have disciplined your kids?

 



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12:0AM, Feb 21st 2011

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