To a lot of people, Facebook is life. The social networking service has definitely changed many people’s lives, and in many cases for the worse. Parents wanting their children to stay away from social networking websites is a story so common, it’s cliche. For one concerned father, he paid his daughter $200 just to quit it.
14-year old Rachel Baier, of Wellesley, Mass., recently signed a contract with her father promising that if she stayed off Facebook for a good five months, she would be awarded $200. Unexpectedly, it wasn’t her father’s idea, more so hers in an attempt to get more money. Her father reports, “She wants to earn money and also finds Facebook a distraction and a waste of time sometimes.” As stated in the contract, she would first receive a small $50 if she lasted until April, and the rest of the cash if she made it up to June.
Sounds a little crazy, and there’s no absolute guarantee that she would stay off Facebook for good. For instance, it’s a known fact that hundreds of thousands of kids keep their Facebooks private from their family. She could easily make a sockpuppet account and her father could never know.
What Baier’s father, Paul, did was have his daughter hand him over the keys of her account as well as having access to change her password, should she get any ideas, reports the Daily Dot. Mr. Baier, VP of Boston-area energy firm, even posted a photograph of the contract he made with his daughter on her blog.