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Dad forces teen to stand on corner with shame sign as punishment for joyride

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Posted at 9:39 AM, Jan 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-21 11:52:05-05

BILLINGS, Mont. – A Montana man decided part of his son’s punishment for stealing his parents’ car was to embarrass him.

The Montana teen’s father, Sean Ronlake, made his son stand on a street corner wearing a “shame sign.”

“I love him a lot; I love him dearly but this is kinda why I’m out here, ’cause I love him and don’t want him to think he can do it again,” Ronlake said.

Sitting on the corner of a busy intersection isn’t how most parents punish their children but Ronlake is an exception to the norm.

Ronlake said, “In my mind, at this age, embarrassment can do a lot more good than grounding him from TV or their iPod, which he doesn’t have an iPod or phone anymore, so a little bit of embarrassment goes a long way now days.”

The embarrassment is for the New Year’s Eve joy ride Ronlake’s son took while roads were covered in ice.

“Not everybody’s gonna agree with it,” Ronlake said. “I mean, he put people at risk. He put himself at risk.”

Though it appears most are giving Ronlake the stamp of approval for his disciplinary actions.

“He’s actually making that little boy, who did something very wrong, pay for what he did,” one witness said.

However, one woman didn’t approve of the situation and told the father to talk with his son, not parade him on the corner.

But no matter what others think, this Montana father said he believes the punishment fits the crime.

“I just want him to feel a little ashamed, a little embarrassed and I hope that I can burn the sign afterwards and never have to worry about it again,” Ronlake said.