The Craiglist ad speaks for itself.
The ad was posted by Allan Gieger Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida. The son he mentioned refers to his son who shares the same name, Allan Gieger III.
The ad reads,
“I have my sons truck up for sale that I bought for him as his first car, he thinks it’s cool to drive around with his friends smokin dope and acting all thug and especially not showing me and my wife the respect that we deserve. This was a vehicle to finish school in, get a decent job and get a head start on life but chose to throw it all away because his friends would rather have an influence on him more than me! Now he can put those Jordans to use walk his ass off on these hot summer days! It has ice cold air and power everything! It’s dirty as hell inside and out because he didn’t respect it and take pride, seems to drive well but needs a few parts because it squeaks! I just put new tires on it that he never paid me for because dope was more important and driver seat doesn’t come all the way up, I guess cause cops kept riding by! If you live on the WESTSIDE I’ll take $250 off the price just so he sees it every now and then so it’ll remind him of how good he had it! I have title in hand!”
According to jacksonville.com, the question of how to discipline the younger Gieger for his substance abuse problems had been a perpetual problem over the past year. Gieger Jr. noted that the final straw came earlier this week when Gieger III walked off work for no reason.
The idea of selling his son’s car then came about after all other forms of discipline, such as talking to his son or taking away his cellphone, failed.
After publishing the post, Gieger Jr. was regretful, Jacksonville.com reported, and he thought about deleting it, wondering if publicizing his son’s difficulties was the right thing to do. But his wife convinced him to follow through with it.
After the post went viral, public opinion supported Gieger’s decision—some internet commentators hailed him as “Dad of the Year.” The majority praised Gieger for caring enough to make his teen take responsibility for his actions.
Gieger III was initially angry at his father for embarrassing him in public, but he came around after seeing all the positive feedback on social media.
“The way I feel toward my dad,” Gieger III said, “me and him, we’ve always had a good relationship, a good connection,” Jacksonville.com reported.
True to his word, Gieger Jr. sold the car last Friday.