JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hard lessons were learned by a young man on the Westside whose father sold his SUV on Craigslist after finding him ‘smokin’ dope' with his friends in it.
The Craigslist ad prompted a great deal of support from parents all over the country for local father Allan Gieger.
"Texas, Tennessee, just all over the place, telling me, 'I'm not interested in your truck. I just want to tell you you've got Texas' support and everyone supporting you with your decisions,'" Gieger said.
Gieger said the reason the SUV was posted for sale was because, "He thinks it's cool to drive around with his friends smokin' dope and acting all thug ... especially not showing me and my wife the respect that we deserve."
Gieger decided to take the car away from his 18-year-old son, offering an interesting deal for anyone who lived in their neighborhood.
"I had it for $1,500, and I'll take $250 off if someone from the Westside did buy it, just so he could see it every now and then when he's walking when he's with his friends," Gieger said.
It was a hard lesson, but Gieger’s son, Allan Gieger III, seemed to learn it in a recent post he made to his father’s Facebook page.
To everybody who has seen my father on TV explaining himself about the reason why he sold my truck, I would just like y’all to know I’m doing right and I’m on my way to success. Nobody’s perfect and everybody makes mistakes. Some are big and some are small, but mine was huge. That doesn’t mean I’m a bad person. I’m just learning from my mistake. Not only has it changed the impact on how I look at life, but it’s also helped me realize who is important in life verses the fake people, drugs, so on. Some stand by my side and some are against me, but at the end of the day, I’m the one who became a man and took responsibility.
Gieger said this is just a little bump in the road for his son. He told his son if he gets a job and saves $1,000, he'll match the money and they can go and buy a new car.