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Is renting a limo for Prom night indulging our teens too much?

Asked by Aster (19974points) April 15th, 2011

I thought for years it was a little silly when parents rented a limo so teens could go to prom in style. When I went to proms they were an elegant affair, mostly, and we liked being alone as a couple. But what if the kids insisted on a stripper pole in a rented bus? Yes; a fifteen year old girl’s parents rented a bus for their daughter’s prom filled with ice chests and snacks. But that wasn’t enough; the girl insisted on a stripper pole. Would you as a parent of a teenager rent a bus for prom night with a stripper pole inside?

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DesireeCassandra's avatar

I understand getting them a limo. But a stripper pole?! Im my opinion I think that is too much. I would tell her no pole or no limo!

KateTheGreat's avatar

The limo sounds completely fine, you only have a prom while your young. But there is no way in hell that I’d let a 15 year old get a bus with a stripper pole in it. That is RIDICULOUS. Kids these days…

Cruiser's avatar

I would not go along with something so inappropriate to the occasion. If they want to pool their money and get a bus and pole just for kicks any other time…that I wouldn’t have a problem with. Prom as crazy as it is getting, is still a formal dance and I will teach and insist my kids attend act accordingly.

ddude1116's avatar

Also, isn’t the limo thing getting to be a bit trite..?

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Aster I have to ask..was this question inspired by Judge Judy?

Aster's avatar

you got it Dutchess!!!!!

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Aster Ah!! Well, 1) The rental guy was the one who said the parents specifically asked for “stripper poles.” Did you notice the shocked looks on the parent’s faces when he said that? 2) The bus was a city bus, not the party bus that was advertised. It was unmodified in any way and those poles are in all city buses for people to hang on to! So, IMO, he just said that in an attempt to discredit the plaintiffs. It was never addressed or questioned by the immutable J. Judy otherwise because it was irrelevant. My first reaction was shock and disgust too, until I thought about it like that ^^^^.

AND I think that one gal who had the baby at 42 with a 30 year old guy definitely needs a shrink. Lord I hate it when people start blubbering like that! Like…we’re going to feel sorry for her? First time, maybe. But after six breakdowns in 15 minutes…get a grip woman!

Dutchess_III's avatar

As to a limo…it seems extravagant to me. What happened to the day when the boy was allowed to borrow his father’s car for the FIRST TIME for prom.

Aster's avatar

@ddude1116 trite; good question . If you’re right I’m afraid they’ll have to “kick it up a notch.” what will that entail? Let me guess: shorts, tank tops at proms? mud wrestling at proms? How about a little weed at the tables?

Aster's avatar

ok so we’ll never know if the kid insisted on a stripper pole or if the rental guy made it up. But if the parents went along with what their little darling asked for I would not be surprised. Should we expect the parents to actually admit they ordered one? On national tv? Remember back then the kids would do just about anything to THINK it would make them more popular.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Aster I agree…we just spoil the hell out of our kids anymore. In our town the big deal is who has the most UNIQUE ride to prom. It’s just fun to see what the kids show up in…a dad towing a boat on a trailer, a semi, a tractor….you name it! That’s fun and not at all expensive. My son’s prom year we had the mower shop and he borrowed one of our floor model Argos

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I think renting a limo is over the top for prom. Silly. To each their own, but it won’t be happening for my kids.
A stripper pole? Get out of town. That would be the day!

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Aster I hear you…and did you notice the comment about how when they got there “everyone else had these beautiful buses and we had that.” That sends all the wrong message, IMO.

Aster's avatar

(sigh) I guess romance just doesn’t cut it these days. I’ve been thinking for years that because almost anything goes anymore that guys don’t even have to try. And after not having to try comes boredom. So let’s hope if I’m right that the boredom with women leads to high scholastic achievement. ha.

Aster's avatar

@Dutchess_III no, I missed it. Must have been crunching on a crouton.

Aethelwine's avatar

I don’t see anything wrong with a limo for prom. Prom is a once in a lifetime thing for teenagers. I feel safer if my child is with a group. I wouldn’t allow a stripper pole though. wth? Luckily my kids have more class than that to even ask for one.

My son just went to prom last week. They were going to get a limo, but a group of 5 of them went in his girlfriend’s minivan instead to save some money.

Aster's avatar

I went to three proms and found all of them boring. One date was very rude to me; the other I had zero interest in but I liked his older brother; the last one was someone I was losing interest in pretty quickly. And we had bands. Not recordings which I would have loved but corny bands. Plus, I was sober at all three which was pretty unbearable for me in those days. lol
Only thing that made them ok was I got new dresses. (;

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Aster's avatar

you are right! ask dutchess: how could a fifteen yr old be going to a prom?? Oh, well.
We rented a train caboose for my daughters birthday. Real good kids; well behaved. But the mother of one of the kids showed up with a bottle of booze. I could not believe it. My daughter waited for days before telling me.

ddude1116's avatar

I’m not a fan of limos, or school dances, for that matter, but the quaint simplicity of just taking a car sounds terrific in prom circumstances.

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Dutchess_III's avatar

@Aster a bottle of booze?? WTH are some parents thinking??

jca's avatar

the 15 year old was probably a date of a senior.

I think there’s nothing wrong with a limo. Kids now are really big on keeping up with the Joneses, and if they’re all doing it, then more power to them. Bus, ok, too. Bus with stripper pole, no way.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@jca Stripper pole must be known in context in this case. See my Judge Judy comment above.

Schroedes13's avatar

This is the slippery slope question that could progress us to asking “do we need birthday cakes, wedding dresses, and retirement parties?”

I think limos are a fun and exciting way to spice up a prom!

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