Virginia father locks teen’s closet over phone bill

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HANOVER, Va. -- A Virginia father takes a stand, after his teenage daughter racks up a $500 cellphone bill.

You could say its haute couture on hold, at least for the moment.

Her closet has been closed off until Jared Cramer's daughter pays off their latest phone bill.

“I was driving! And she called me and said, you owe 500 and some odd dollars,” said Jared.

Jared's solution was to take the phone away, and literally lock up the closet, and label clothes, shoes, you name it, with the number of chores his daughter needs to do, to get them back.

“She thought after I got that bill it was going to be a slap on the wrist, you know, don't let it happen again type deal thing. But I think she's been taking it pretty well,” Jared said.

In fairness to 13-year-old Julia, the data debacle seems to be a huge mistake. She's an honor student who works with kids with special needs and her work ethic is strong.

“Julia woke up at 6:30 this morning when I woke up, and she started doing chores. And she's been working ever since,” said her father.

She has the basic necessities, like soap and a toothbrush, but that's it, she's learning her lesson.

“She said, you know what dad, I know you love me, I know I messed up, and I'm going to work this off,” her father said.

For now, there's still a lot of work that needs to be done. But Jared has a message for all the parents who say this tough love, will pay off.

“I want to thank them for their positive support on it. It's easy to just ground a kid and put them in their room for a day or two and not talk to them about it. I think a lot of parents have backed up a little bit and said you know what, if something like this were to happen, it's better to stand up for themselves and have their kids face the consequence,” shared Jared.

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