It’s tough not to judge other people’s parenting — at least to their faces.
That’s why, as a semi-naughty Father’s Day treat, we present here a trio of dads who faced harsh responses, including getting arrested, over transgressions that aren’t anywhere near as severe as what CrimeFeed typically covers.
With that in mind, we now ask you, the reading public, to review these cases and be the judge: Are these “bad dads”?
1. LAWYER DAD BUSTED OVER PLAYBOY-THEMED BIRTHDAY FOR 18-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER
POWAY, CA — Medical marijuana attorney Jeff Lake landed in the slammer after throwing his 18-year-old daughter Olivia Lake a Playboy Mansion–themed birthday bash for which as many as 200 teens showed up in lingerie, bunny ears, and little else.
While many of the raunchy revelers, newly including Olivia herself, were of age to pose nude in Playboy, most of them were still well below 21, which became a problem as alcohol allegedly flowed freely.
Jeff Lake faced charges of violating a local social ordinance and had to pay $3,600 to cover the cost of the officers who showed up to shut down the wild time.
— Jacki Lake (@jackilake) December 6, 2014
Poway’s own Mayor Steve Vaus spoke out against the shindig, stating: “You have a party like this, and it’s as though you’re handing out hand grenades as party favors. It’s a disaster waiting to happen.”
Regardless, Jacki Lake, Olivia’s mom, honored her daughter with a birthday tweet that declared her, “the baddest b—ch in town!” [Daily Mail]
2. TEXAS DAD CONVERTS HOME INTO “JAIL,” MAKES TODDLER AN “INMATE” FOR MISBEHAVIOR
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — Questionably creative dad Juliano Parker drew the wrath of the internet — as well as a visit from Child Protective Services — after he posted pictures online that showed how he’d turned his apartment into a mock jailhouse for his three-year-old daughter Aubrey’Ella.
After complaining about Aubrey’Ella’s recent discipline problems, Parker dressed her in an orange uniform, made her clean the area, fed her just meat and potatoes for dinner. Afterward, Aubrey’Ella had to sleep on a small mattress down on the floor.
Reactions to the suddenly viral photos were not laid-back. Much outrage was met by many messages of support, as well.
Following a visit from CPS agents, who did not remove the child nor call in police, Parker took down the shots and posted:
“I really regret posting that pic of my daughter on social media like that. I admit it was wrong didn’t think it was gonna go viral. Smh, God knows my heart. My daughter is a good girl, just been acting out lately, and I was just trying to show her with bad behavior comes consequence. Now my daughter all over the Internet for being bad kid, but in reality, she just acting out for attention.”
Aubrey’Ella herself seemingly had no comment. [New York Daily News]
3. FLORIDA TATTOO DAD ALLOWED 4-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER TO INK HIM
LARGO, FL — Brad “Bob-Tat” Bellomo, the owner of 3rd Eye Tattoo, drew heat when he posted photos on Facebook of his four-year-old daughter Chloe using a full-size ink gun to permanently etch her (adorable) version of a strawberry onto his arm.
Bellomo’s post went viral and drew more than 100,000 comments. Most praised the daddy-daughter art session, but many others expressed shock and anger, and even called the drawn-on dad some kind of criminal.
Undaunted, Bellomo told a local TV reporter:
“A lot of it is just someone saying that it’s bad parenting … I’m not trying to push her into a career, but it’s an opportunity where she could do a few tats, get good at it. Maybe an after school job versus working at McDonald’s!”
Chloe still has a few years to go: Florida requires all professional tattoo artists to be over 18. [Bay News 9]
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