Mom Tricks 8-Year-Old Into Believing He Bought a $50K Car on eBay (VIDEO)

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boy cryingSome people are calling it cruel, but I think it's one of the best parenting pranks I've seen on a child in awhile. In a video posted on YouTube, mom Paula Papen tells her 8-year-old son that he accidentally bought a $50,000 Mustang on eBay.

Clearly they've had some discussions before about the dangers of something like this happening, because the boy immediately starts freaking out and crying. He worries that they're going to have to "sell everything," and seems genuinely terrified that he did this. Watch it after the jump.


I think it's hilarious, but not everyone is laughing. Plenty of commenters blasted the mom for being cruel and even abusive. People called her a jerk, and one said it was "disgusting 'parenting.'"

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Please. The whole video is less than a minute long, so it's not like she let him believe it for long. And you can see that he actually gets a kick out of it at the end. As she wrote in response to commenters, "Anyone who knows us knows that we are a silly family who laughs WITH and yes, sometimes, even AT each other!"

I think it's fun, and I love families that can laugh and joke around. Life is too serious too often as it is.

What do you think -- funny joke or mean move by mom?


Image via YouTube

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Gypsy... Gypsyqueen4life

Oh come on, it wasn't that bad! They all laughed at they end, even the kid was laughing! The kid was not traumatized or scarred in any way but looking at this! Get a grip people!

mande... manderspanders

I'm sure that the kid learned a valuable lesson!  And it is funny!

harym... harymarshman

That was funny. She didn't carry the prank out too long and the boy laughed at the end.

SueMN... SueMNanaMama

I could never do that to my autistic kid.  He'd be traumatized. And furious.  And he'd never again believe a word I said.

MomOf... MomOf2AndAZoo

Dang, someone could have ended the clip before the snot explosion came bursting out of his nosethrowing up

But otherwise, I guess it wasn't all that bad. Felt kind of sorry for him when he said he was horrible though lol

aponder aponder

I felt sorry for him but I have a hard headed kid so I get it too.

jessi... jessicasmom1

that is why you log out of ebay or any bidding sites No I do not tease my child

nonmember avatar amy

Soo tired of all these parents who cry foul at the smallest thing...that video was funny and it taught the boy a lesson..i do stuff like that to my kids, like my 6month old son was in his jumping johnny and my 3 yr old gave him a hard shove and he went flying...i told her if she did it again, his legs wld fall off...needless to say, never had a problem with that again

Tinas... TinasTribe

There are other ways to prank and joke around with your kids. Making them feel bad about themselves, guilty, or sad is not funny. 

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