‘Entitled’ teen makes comments about classmates clothes—so his mom takes him shopping at Goodwill

March 30, 2018 2:55 pm Last Updated: March 30, 2018 4:56 pm

The thought of shopping at a thrift store excites many people. While the items you may find may not be a name brand, most of the time you’re guaranteed a unique find that’s much more valuable than any luxury brand.

But if you’ve never been to a secondhand store before you may have other ideas of what it’s like to shop at one.

Recently, one mother from Georgia noticed her 13-year-old son had been acting a little “entitled” and she wanted to teach him a lesson, so she took him to a Goodwill store.

Cierra Brittany Forney’s son’s “snarky comments” about kids at school prompted the lesson.

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Forney’s son Anthony had been “acting like he’s too good to shop at WalMart or making snarky comments about kids at school who shop at the Goodwill and quite a few other things,” Forney shared on Facebook.

She didn’t condone his behavior and wanted to teach him a lesson.

Forney took her son to Goodwill and made him buy clothes for school.

(Photo by Mike Mozart, CC BY 2.0)

The 28-year-old got an idea. Since he was making fun of kids at school who shopped at stores like WalMart and Goodwill, he too would shop at Goodwill, and he would use his own money.

Forney took her teen to Goodwill and whatever clothes he could afford with his $20 he would buy and then wear those clothes to school for a week.

Her lesson struck a chord with many parents.

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She shared a now viral photo of her son at Goodwill on Facebook and received a mix of praise and criticism for the lesson she set out to teach her son.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this,” she told the BBC.

She felt as though she and her husband were partly to blame for his behavior, but believes he has learned his lesson.

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In a follow-up post she explained the lesson, which she said will be “just another story we can add to our lives memory to look back on.”

“I didn’t do this to punish him. It wasn’t to show him that Goodwill isn’t a good place to shop. I did this to teach him that money and name brands don’t change who we are as people,” she wrote. “He can still be the amazing, adorable, loved kid that he is WITHOUT the expensive stores!”