Carolyn WeinandWhen cops in Naples, Florida busted a recent house party, they found the usual: Underaged kids drinking while their parents were nowhere in sight. But when they looked around the home, they were treated to something they don't normally see when breaking up a teen rager: The owner of the home/mother of one of the girls hiding in her bedroom.
When police showed up to confront Mariel Weinand, 18, about complaints they'd received about a party she was having, she, while under the influence, told them to call her mother, Carolyn. Carolyn answered the phone and told the police that she was out of town and it was okay to break up the party. When the cops began walking through the house, they found beer cans, bottles, pot in the yard, and a number of people hiding in various closets and rooms -- including 56-year-old Carolyn, who gave them the most ridiculous excuse.
According to reports, Weinand kept making "statements trying to justify having the party and allowing alcohol" to authorities. Among them? The classic "she thought they'd be safe if they didn't have to drive."
That's all fine and good. And the kids' safety, of course, is the most important thing -- no one wants anyone getting into an accident. But from the sounds of things, it doesn't exactly seem like Carolyn was handling the party like a responsible adult should. For one, her daughter reportedly had to be held up by two friends in order to meet the cops at the door; two, there was beer and marijuana found at the home; and three, uh, she lied to police officers and hid in her bedroom like one of the kids. That's not authoritative behavior; that's irresponsible and juvenile. If she wants to let her daughter have wine with dinner when she's staying in for the night, fine. But what kind of example is this woman setting with her behavior?
Carolyn maintains that she didn't buy the booze for the kids, but she's still been changed with 26 counts of selling, giving, or serving alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21. And both she and her daughter were charged with one count of having an open house party.
Sounds about right to me. If you're "responsible" enough to let a teenage party get completely out of hand on your watch, you should be responsible enough to pay the consequences.
Have you ever let your children drink at your home?