Parler Share

After 14-Year-Old Takes Parents' Range Rover for Joy Ride, They Give Away His Belongings

Parler Share

One of the joys of parenting is determining what kind of repercussions to dole out when your kid does something asinine.

The choice gets more difficult when those kids enter their teen years, when they are notoriously stubborn and make some seriously questionable decisions.

One family in Phoenix used a unique form of correction when their 14-year-old son took their Range Rover for a joyride while they were celebrating their anniversary in Las Vegas.

According to Angel Martinez, the son, he had hand-washed the car and didn’t “have anything to dry it.” So, the logical course of action was to speed down residential streets to dry the car off.

“I just wanted to drive, but I don’t have like a license to, so I just took it,” he told KSAZ-TV.

Oscar-Winning Actor Dead at 88 - Starred in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'

The neighbors were concerned, and it wasn’t long before the cops were called. The Martinezes were trying to enjoy their vacation when they got a call that brought their carefree time to a screeching halt.

The parents clearly had time to think about a suitable “reward” for their son’s actions — especially because this wasn’t the first shenanigan he’d pulled — and when they got home they started clearing out his room.

“We got back to the house today,” dad Ramon Martinez told KSAZ. “We took all his stuff out, his room is 100 percent empty, and we’re just giving all his stuff away.”

The KSAZ video shows the teen sitting on the end of his bed, which is on the driveway, coolly sipping a cup of water.

A sign — the back of a picture frame — propped up against the corner of the bed has a hand-scrawled message on it: “Sorry I stole my Parents car and was ‘SPEEDING.'”

When asked why they were giving away the nice bedroom set, flat-screen television, name-brand clothing and shoes and various decor items, the dad said it was to make public amends.

“Mostly to like apologize to the neighbors too, you know,” Ramon Martinez said. “He could’ve ran someone over. Something really bad could’ve happened.”

While it’s doubtful the recalcitrant boy paid for his own furnishings, and this punishment is more about unsettling him than hurting his wallet, it certainly is an unusual way to drive a point home.

After 9 Students Overdose in Just a Few Weeks, LA School District Scrambles to Keep Kids from Dying

Maybe sleeping on the couch for a while and losing his designer apparel will force Angel to mull things over.

His parents hope this helps him understand “things like this will not be tolerated” and that his actions do, indeed, have consequences.

“It’s kind of weird,” Angel said, “but like, I think it’s a fair punishment.”

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , ,
Parler Share
Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking