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Virginia Father Comes Up With Unique Discipline For Teen Daughter After She Racks Up $500 Phone Bill

| by Brendan Kelly

A Virginia father took an unconventional route to try to teach his daughter a lesson for the very expensive mistake she made.

Jared Cramer's daughter Julia told her father while he was driving that her excessive Instagram habit racked up data fees, resulting in a phone bill for over $500. $541.36, to be exact.

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In response, Jared came up with a plan for her to pay it off. He put a chain and padlock on her closet and put Post-It Notes on items from dresses to boots and jewelry with a number indicating how many chores she will have to do to get the item back.

The plan went like this: Cramer first took his daughter's phone away. He then put all of her makeup, jewelry, and designer clothing in a closet with a padlock and chain a week before she started school. Each item was labeled with the number of chores it would take to get it back. He gave her things she needs to get by, such as soap, deodorant, and a toothbrush, plus three outfits of his choice from Walmart. As she did more and more chores, she would start getting her belongings and, eventually, her phone back.

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"She thought after I got that bill it was going to be a slap on the wrist, don't let it happen again situation," said Cramer. "But I think she's been taking it pretty well."

According to Cramer, Julia has been waking up at 6:30 a.m. to complete chores. 

"She said, 'you know what dad, I know you love me, I know I messed up, and I'm gonna work this off," Cramer said.

Julia is an honor student who helps children with special needs and she is the recent recipient of the Hanover Volunteerism Awards.

Sources: Fox Carolina, Daily Mail

Photo Credit: Daily Mail