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8 Things To Say If You Find Out Your Kid Took A Selfie With A Homeless Person

At the end of the day, the only thing I really want to accomplish with this whole parenting thing that I’ve decided to undertake is to mold little decent human beings and send them out into the world. I want them to be kind, considerate and understand right from wrong. At the very least I want them to understand that posing next to someone who is unconscious or making fun of people who aren’t as fortunate as they are is vile. A tumblr site called “Selfies With Homeless People” exists. Yes, it’s as bad as it sounds.

It’s a stream of photos of teenagers posing with various people who are sleeping on the street. Many of them look like they could probably use some help. No matter – these kids aren’t about to pass up a chance to take a selfie. I hope these images follow them, I really do. Here’s my best advice for parents who find these on their child’s phone:

1. (Silence)

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2. You are a horrible person. Consider yourself grounded until you can pay your own way.

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3. If I could somehow transfer this C-section scar to your abdomen, I would do it right now.

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4. I can’t believe I ruined my boobs for you.

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5. Have you ever heard of “Outward Bound?”

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6. I’m finally grasping the meaning of “utter disappointment.”

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7. How exactly did something so vile come from my loins?

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8. I never thought I would tell my own kid to fuck off, but, “fuck off.”

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Yuck.

(photos: Tumblr)

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  • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

    this is the worst. You are nicer than I am. I would make my kid spend the next 10 years volunteering and I would probably smack them in the face

    • chickadee

      Yes, having my child spend all of her free time volunteering at homeless shelters and soup kitchens would only be the first step in my reprogramming ritual.

    • keelhaulrose

      I think I’d go so far as to tell them to spend a day/night outside with just what they have (after stripping all electronics) so maybe they learn a little empathy.
      Then they’d be volunteering the next ten years.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy
    • Katherine Handcock

      Ever seen Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s show Til Debt Do Us Part? Reality TV where she comes in to help people fix their finances…in the Canadian version, one of her challenges to one guy was to live a weekend in his expensive car, because the cost of the car payments he was refusing to give up might lead to losing his house, so he should get used to the experience.

    • Haras

      this is actually the saddest thing ever. i would bet those kids are still living on mommy and daddy’s money! wait til the real world hits them like a ton of bricks. my kids wont ever be in this position, they’ll know better than to take advantage of someone in need.

  • personal

    Well, there’s a risk they’d discover what homeless feels like….

  • Kay_Sue

    I think I favor, “I just briefly considered volunteering you for Mars ONE, but decided I couldn’t curse another planet with you.”

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      YES. This made me laugh out loud.

  • CMJ

    This enrages me to no end.

  • Bethany Ramos

    “mocking a homeless guy”???? What an asshole!

  • Robotic Arms Dealer

    Well, they shut down http://selfiesatfunerals.tumblr.com/

    so they need a new outlet

    Remember Bum Fights?

  • Mystik Spiral

    I wouldn’t usually wish homelessness on ANYONE, but…

    • Muggle

      I’m usually super-judgey of parents who kick their kids out… I might make an exception for these kids’ parents.

  • Paul White

    Oh. Man.
    I’ll compose a more coherent response later but my kid would be on bread and water.

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      West Virginia tap water.

    • chickadee

      Sochi tap water.

  • Tinyfaeri

    I’d like to think I’d have some kind of witty, angry remark, but I’d probably just cry. Boy, I hope that’s never my kid.

  • jane

    Honestly? I would probably just die of humiliation. If I haven’t taught my kids to be better people than this, I am a much shittier mom than I thought.

    But after I died of humiliation, I hope that I could compose myself enough to pull together some kind of meaningful consequence. I am just so floored that this even exists as a thing that I can’t even.

  • Sandy

    I think that would leave me so sad I wouldn’t even know what to say to them for quite some time. Then we’d probably go straight to loss of most everything decent they have. Electronics, car, swap that bed out for a sleeping bag, trade their clothes out for a couple pair of pants, three basic shirts, one sufficient but unattractive coat, and one pair of shoes all from a thrift store. Evenings would be spent volunteering with an outreach group that focuses on the homeless and at the library researching homelessness in America and writing a minimum 10-page paper on the causes and solutions. Privileges would only be earned back through demonstrations of actually having a heart.

    • Mystik Spiral

      I like this one. Thumbs up!

    • Rachel Sea

      You just described my childhood. I had a mattress with a sleeping bag and an extra blanket for winter, a few pants, a few shirts, and a couple pairs of shoes, (which were made waterproof in the winter by putting produce bags over my socks) and a godawful ugly coat. I used to volunteer with disabled kids though, not the homeless. I think I turned out pretty good. I certainly understand about frugality and not thinking that having stuff makes me better than anyone else.

  • Jessica

    The phone would be gone. The volunteering would commence pronto. And the piggy banks (because in my mind my kids will always have piggy banks) would be opened with proceeds going to a coat drive.

  • Courtney Lynn

    I would make them volunteer at our local shelter. No joke. I don’t raise douchebags.

  • Grondo

    If one of your kids does this, it’s already too late for them – they’re a lost cause. And use the energy you’d otherwise waste trying to correct them to examine where you went wrong, because you surely did, probably early on. Oh, and for those parents who are still working on younger kids – don’t be their friends, be their parents.

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      You’re probably right about most of the parents, but some people are just born sociopaths and no matter how great a parent is, they can’t change it.

    • pineapplegrasss

      I don’t think a teenager that makes a dumb decision is a lost cause. And, it can definitely be used as a learning tool.

  • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

    These kids are awful and their parents should be ashamed. If one of my kids got caught doing this I would build a time machine, go back in time and sterilize myself.

  • pineapplegrasss

    This is really sad. I have such a super sadspot for homelessness. And in this day and age when so many families are just a paycheck or two away. So many homeless people have mental illness or severe physical problems, and there are a lot of vets on the streets too. These kids should be ashamed of themselves, and maybe someday they’ll look back and understand just how wrong this is. I think a lot of kids do a lot of stupidassdumb things for attention from their dumbass kid friends. I would just cry if my teen thought it was okay to mock, taunt, humiliate, or otherwise degrade another human being, especially one who is already so down, such a vulnerable member of our society. I don’t think it would be my teen daughter, but you never know I guess, and I’m not that naïve to ever say ‘not my child.’ We should all already be teaching our children compassion and empathy, and if that includes volunteering in a soup kitchen (which I read a lot in the comments about that being the punishment for this behavior) then take your teens out and volunteer.

  • Rachel Sea

    My kid would volunteer with the homeless every single spare minute of their lives. I would make them find the people they mocked to invite them to a wash and brush up in a comfortable hotel, before a sit down dinner whereat my child would have to apologize, and ask forgiveness for their shit, shit behavior.

    Anyone can become homeless. Anyone.

  • pixie

    This is just sad and pathetic. I don’t understand why anyone would feel the need to mock those who need help. These selfies are even worse than when my best friend’s younger sister decided to run away from home every few weeks to live on the streets or in seedy, bed bug filled apartments in downtown Toronto and tell everyone her mom kicked her out (she’s grown up a lot since then) or when I see kids panhandling downtown then see them going home later on the train (hearing them talking about family plans).

    I don’t like to give money to panhandlers (for numerous reasons), but I’m also a decent person who would never consider taking a selfie with a homeless person, especially one who looks like they need medical attention.

  • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

    In my school, we watched a video on Affluenza and there was a high school teacher somewhere who takes her kids homeless camping every year for 1 week. They each get like 2 dollars to survive for the whole week. They don’t shower or anything; they sleep together on the street (the teacher does this with them and they are kept safe somehow). I cannot find a single thing about this on the internet (I was going to link it), but it was amazing. I remember the kids were so thankful they had done it and one of them was talking about how they survived for a week on a bag of rice. And one was talking about how they found an abandoned couch and it was amazing. Anyway, these kids need to be made to do something like that.

  • brebay

    The next phone my kid got to use would be 2 cans and a string.

  • Roberta

    I have never, ever, ever likes the idea of shaming children on the internet. But if my future hypothetical offspring did this, I might reconsider it. And corporal punishment. I would might just revive it for the occasion.
    There is absolutely nothing these brats could say in their defence that would make it not horrible. Nothing.