Illustration for article titled ​Return Receipt for a Wii Console Shows Just How Cruel Parents Can Be

Sweet baby Jesus, this parent really took the whole idea of the naughty list to the next level.

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It's the weekend after Christmas, and you know what that means. It's time to return and/or exchange all the crappy presents you received—you know the ones which prompted you to give an Oscar-worthy performance in which you thanked the gifter and told them just how perfect the crappy present was.

For one parent (or parents), returning a Wii Console was about much more than simply getting their money back. It was a way to punish their child. Via Reddit:

Illustration for article titled ​Return Receipt for a Wii Console Shows Just How Cruel Parents Can Be
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How cruel is that?! Making your child watch as you give the one thing that gives him/her authentic joy? That kid must have really fucked it up. I don't think I've ever actually felt this way before, and maybe it's the ol' biological clock, but after reading this letter, I'm kind of excited to eventually have children and exact some similar borderline draconian punishments on the spawn. What can I say? Motherhood just speaks to some women.

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DISCUSSION

I'm confused. Parents are reviled because they don't discipline their kids. They're reviled if they punish them. (You can't spank them!)

And now some parent is an asshole for taking an expensive electronic gadget away from a "naughty" child. What's wrong with that? It's perfectly appropriate to take a toy away from any kid who's being a shit. My kids lose their electronics when they misbehave. And sure as hell I'd return a game console to the store if the behavior was bad enough.

What is the Gawker-approved method of punishing bad behavior?