I remember my first car–it was probably one of the greatest moments of my life and almost is for pretty much anyone who had to go through a similar experience. It was also one of some troubling times because I wasn’t exactly the most responsible young and new driver at the time. I never did anything nuts like driving under the influence, but I have received a speeding ticket or two…and I may have ignored the 12AM curfew issued for those possessing a New Jersey Provisional Driver’s License a few times.
But I kept myself pretty in line considering that my strict Asian parents threatened to take away my driving privileges should I abuse it any more. Though because I love driving, I took such threats to heart since I couldn’t imagine a life without my car. It also taught me some more lessons about respecting the privilege to drive–and no, it is not a right.
Some people however, like first-time drivers, don’t exactly respect the privilege and tend to continuously abuse the change while risking life and limb. That was the case with Allan Gieger Jr., who bought a used Ford Explorer for his son to drive to and fro from work and school. But then Gieger’s son began disrespecting not only his privilege, but his parents as well by getting caught smoking weed while disobeying certain driving rules set for his license and age on multiple occasions.
Gieger stated that him and his wife tried to reason with their son by talking to him, rearing, and just doing things that plain responsible parents do. But the kid still didn’t get it and this was a flat-out insult to his father who bought him the car in the first place as a gift to get a nice “head start” on life–so dad took matters into his own hands by selling the 1998 Ford Explorer.
But here’s what makes it even better. Gieger himself offered up to $250 off the original asking price if the buyer was local so his sone could occasionally see his former set of wheels being enjoyed by someone else, as a way to “remind him how good he had it.”
Someone call the burn response team…
Geiger’s story went viral with this Craigslist post, which is what caught the attention of both the hounding media and like-minded parents from around the country. He even received phone calls and other messages from other parents commending him for his actions.
The truck sold in just two hours.
Following up with the whole event, Geiger told CNN that it was an “eye-opening experience” for his son and as a result, the effect of not realizing how good you have it until it’s gone came into full effect here. And thankfully, Geiger and his wife recently had the chance to open up the dialogue between them and their son for the sake of remedying the family feud.
– By: Chris Chin