My TRA-dar* is beeping

Does anyone know if this family is an adoptive family? For once, it’s NOT mentioned (can that be?!?)

‘Meanest Mom’ Sells Son’s Car, Family Gets Quite a Ride

Jane Hambleton, with son Steven, appear on

Jane Hambleton, with son Steven, appear on "Good Morning America,"
where she talked about selling his car after finding booze under the
front seat.

(Good Morning America — Abc)

Washington Post Staff Writer

Friday, January 11, 2008;
Page C01


Yesterday she was the meanest mom on the planet. Today: the coolest.

Jane Hambleton, 48, gained a worshipful parental following when news of a classified ad she’d placed in the Des Moines Register was picked up by the Associated Press. The text of the ad:

"OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don’t love
teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy
mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer.
Call meanest mom on the planet."

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* p.s. TRA-dar is when you recognize another transracial adoptee. Similar to KAD-ar or Gay-dar.

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

3 thoughts

  1. Laura, thanks for the blog award!
    The story made me laugh too. I love the creativity of the mom’s ad and my daughter said it was something I would do 🙂

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