When a South Dakota mom tricked her 8-year-old son into believing he accidentally purchased a $50,000 car on eBay, she couldn’t resist filming the prank.
And then, like so many before her, she posted it online.
Paula Papen, 35, addressed the flack she's gotten on YouTube for the clip, which features her son, Kenyon, bursting into tears and has received over 70,000 views.
“I heard a lot of things about my parenting,’’ Papen told Erica Hill on TODAY Thursday. “I think I caught more flack for a vertical video than even my parenting, but you kind of just have to let it roll off your back. I think, honestly, teaching your kids to have a sense of humor is pretty important, and teaching them to take a joke is a good deal, too.’’
The family had been stuck in their home in Hot Springs, S.D., for a few days around Christmas with the flu. Papen’s husband is planning to buy a fix-up car as a father-son project with Kenyon, so Kenyon was browsing cars on his mom's iPad. He found a Ford Mustang on eBay that he thought was $500 and believed he accidentally pushed the “purchase’’ button, so he shut down the iPad. Papen picked up the iPad, noted that the car was actually $50,000, and that the boy had not actually purchased it.
She then decided to have some fun. While filming with her iPhone, she asked him, “Why did you buy that $50,000 car on eBay today?”
Kenyon begins to cry.
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