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    Dad Tries to Sell Christmas Gifts on EBay

    HOUSTON - The kids were naughty, Dad put the presents on eBay instead of under the tree and Mom's been crying ever since. Now, even the tree's down.


    Saturday morning was sure not to be very jolly for three brothers 9, 11 and 15 who didn't straighten up when their father told them Santa wasn't too pleased with their fighting, cuss words and obscene gestures.


    Dad and Mom had warned their sons that the Nintendo (news - web sites) DS video system and the three games that go with it were headed for the auction block if they didn't get their act together.


    "No kidding. Three undeserving boys have crossed the line. Tonight we sat down and showed them what they WILL NOT get for Christmas this year. I'll be taking the tree down tomorrow," the man announced in his eBay posting.


    "If you don't buy them, we'll return them to the store," the seller known online as magumbo_2000 reported on the site.


    Thursday night, the auction wound down with bidding at $465.01 below the price the man had set. He said he would probably list the items again.


    A single day of particularly bad behavior set the Christmas crackdown in motion.


    "These are normally really good kids," said Dad, who asked the Houston Chronicle not to reveal his name. Dad even admits he and Mom are partly to blame for being too lax at times.


    But enough was enough. The warning of an impending sale came earlier in the week at a sit-down between offspring and parents.


    "We told them they were destroying each other and the calm and peace in the household. It had to stop," said the man, who did tell the paper that he works as an information technology specialist and lives in Pasadena.


    The boys pledged to be nice, but were back to their old ways the next morning.


    That night, Dad announced that he would indeed be putting $700 in video games up for sale on eBay. The oldest boy double-dared his dad to make good on his word.


    Dad said Mom has been in tears since the showdown.


    "I don't do it outwardly," he said, "but I'm crying on the inside."

    It is sad to see kids act like this .

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    Sounds like the family is in need of Dr. Phil.
    Anyhoo, just some random thoughts...

    "My philosophy is 'you don't need me to tell you how to play -- I'll just provide some rules and ideas to use and get out of your way.'"
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    There's a nightmarish thought: Dr. Phil as the ship's counselor. *lol*

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    Isn't that what Oprah is for?
    Anyhoo, just some random thoughts...

    "My philosophy is 'you don't need me to tell you how to play -- I'll just provide some rules and ideas to use and get out of your way.'"
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    "Min/Maxing and munchkinism aren't problems with the game: they're problems with the players."
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    That depends on the day. But it could be fun to inflict either of them on the PCs. *grin*

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    This guy is like all over the local news here (Houstonian here but not a native one ). The stuff he put up are the Ninentdo DS, which from what I hear are like sold out everywhere. Last I heard his auction exceeded 1000 dollars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt. K. Vaughn
    That depends on the day. But it could be fun to inflict either of them on the PCs. *grin*
    Unless she gives away Delta Flyers...

    But stick us with the additional fees.
    Anyhoo, just some random thoughts...

    "My philosophy is 'you don't need me to tell you how to play -- I'll just provide some rules and ideas to use and get out of your way.'"
    -- Monte Cook

    "Min/Maxing and munchkinism aren't problems with the game: they're problems with the players."
    -- excerpt from Guardians of Order's Role-Playing Game Manifesto

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    Quote Originally Posted by REG
    Unless she gives away Delta Flyers...

    But stick us with the additional fees.
    *lol* Perhaps I just want to see how long it takes before one of the PCs lose it.

    Hmmm. An Evil Doctor Phil or Oprah of Section 31 trained as a ship's counselor? *smirk*

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    Dr. Phil as the ideal candidate model for the next EMH.
    Anyhoo, just some random thoughts...

    "My philosophy is 'you don't need me to tell you how to play -- I'll just provide some rules and ideas to use and get out of your way.'"
    -- Monte Cook

    "Min/Maxing and munchkinism aren't problems with the game: they're problems with the players."
    -- excerpt from Guardians of Order's Role-Playing Game Manifesto

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    Quote Originally Posted by REG
    Dr. Phil as the ideal candidate model for the next EMH.
    *lol* That works. Or perhaps the ECH Mark I? *grin*

    Regards,
    CKV.
    "It is our mission to push back the darkness from the light and expand the boundaries of knowledge and understanding. That doesn't mean exploring every pleasure planet between here and Andromeda XO."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Space_Cadet
    This guy is like all over the local news here (Houstonian here but not a native one ). The stuff he put up are the Ninentdo DS, which from what I hear are like sold out everywhere. Last I heard his auction exceeded 1000 dollars.
    'bout time parents started calling their kids on the carpet for their behavior. I applaude this guy.

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    This is great news, too many kids have no discipline today, I applaud the guy, he should sell all their stuff, really teach them a lesson.

    Kids today have no respect, and you can't discipline them without child services freaking out about it.

    If I was bad as a kid I got my butt slapped, today parents can't do that.

    I'm not saying they need to beat kids, but a slap on the butt doesn't hurt and it establishes some discipline.

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