Facebook goes wild after Jersey Belle‘s Jamie Primak Sullivan throws her kids’ ice cream in the trash
Yesterday Jamie Primak Sullivan of the Bravo TV show Jersey Belle did what so many of us have daydreamed of doing when our kids are ungrateful brats – she threw out their ice cream after they failed to acknowledge or thank the teenaged worker who served them.
She shared the details of the incident in a Facebook post, explaining her motive behind becoming, as her kids called her, the Meanest Mom Ever.
After ordering ice cream at Dairy Queen with her three kids, “The young lady (maybe 17) handed each child their ice cream. Not one looked her in the eye. Not one said thank you. Not to her, not to me…” Primak Sullivan said she waited for her kids to acknowledge the worker and when they headed outside instead she calmly followed them out and rounded up the ice creams, then tossed them in the trash without uttering a single word. Once her kids got over the expected hysterics, they calmed down and she told them why she had just thrown away their barely eaten treats. “I explained that one day, if they were lucky, they would work a job like that young lady. And I would hope that people would see them. Really see them. Look them in the eye and say thank you.”
Her post has been shared over 12 thousand times and counting, but not everyone sees how much of a boss mom move this was. There are plenty of people claiming she overreacted. Some even went so far as to claim she traumatized her children, but come on, no one has ever died from missing out on a soft serve cone, even if it did have sprinkles. And you know damn well her kids will never, ever forget to thank someone again.
Her kids and some commenters may think she’s the meanest mom ever, but what this mom did took guts. Her children are 8,7 and 5 years old. There comes a point where parents have to stop making excuses for their kid’s bad behavior and do something that’s going to leave a lasting impression.
It’s not easy to actually follow through on a punishment, especially when you know you’re kids are going to go berserk on you. But her reasoning was totally legit — it’s so important to teach kids that other people matter, and after this there’s no way these kids will treat food workers or anyone in the service industry as their personal servant.
In a video responding to the attention her post has attracted, Primak Sullivan points out this is hardly the first time she’s tried to get her kids to be respectful and grateful to store employees. But all the pleading and reminders failed to make a lasting impression, which is why this time she opted to do something they’ll never forget in hopes that the message finally sinks in. “If I die tomorrow I’m leaving you with my three children and I would like the world to be better because they’re in it.”
Dismissing the comments that said what she did was over the line, she likened her kids getting an ice cream cone to a mom getting a drink. Sure, it’s exciting, but that doesn’t excuse rude behavior. “I’m not running away without acknowledging the bartender and believe me, I need the cosmo more than they need the ice cream.”
Cheers to that.