Samantha Likeman was so fed up with her teen daughter’s refusal to tidy her bedroom that she buried the key inside and it would only be found once the place was clear
A quick-thinking mum held her family’s Wi-Fi hostage by hiding the key in her daughter’s messy room in a desperate bit to make her tidy it.
Samantha Likeman wrote a witty poem to her daughter Kacey explaining her scheme to finally make her clean her bedroom – saying the internet would then be freed.
Fed up with her teenagers’ excuses for getting down to work, she devised a plan to take away the internet until the room was in a more acceptable state.
The 41-year-old unplugged the family’s Wi-Fi extender, locked it away in a box and the key hidden somewhere in Kacey’s room.
Mum-of-five Samantha, from the Derbyshire Dales, then penned the light-hearted poem to give her 17-year-old daughter instructions on how to get the internet back.
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With Kacey having cleaned her room, the crafty plan paid off, however she was still unable to find the key with the pesky mum having to reveal its hiding spot under the Xbox.
The poem read: “I’ve gone and stole the internet,
“And I will tell you why. Because your bloody bedroom,
“Looks like a pig sty!”
It continues: “My cutlery drawer is empty!
“And I’m running out of plates!
“So unless you clean that bloody room,
“Your status you cannot update.
“For the internet will remain my hostage,
“On that I guarantee.
“But if you clean your room ‘properly, Then you will find the key.
“Because somewhere in that chaos.
“In that place you say ‘is clean’, Is the key to unlock this box,
“To set your internet free.”
One image shows the Wi-Fi extender in a safe, waiting to be locked up.
A video shows Kacey’s room looking tidy, with Samantha much happier and ready to give her daughter the internet back.
She explains that the key is hidden underneath the Xbox, and a shocked but delighted Kacey retrieves it.
Samantha shared the tale to Facebook, with the caption: “My teenage daughter (17) will not tidy her bedroom.
“All I hear is ‘yes I’ll tidy it’ but nothing gets done.
“So I decided I’d give her a little incentive to clean it, by writing her a nice poem!
“I’m so looking forward to her response when she gets home.
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“And before all the do gooders get on about its her room blah blah blah blah, my response is ‘whilst they’re living under my roof, they follow my rules.'”
The post now has over 8000 likes, with over 1700 people commenting on Samantha’s masterplan.
One user said: “Love this, a fantastic poem and a great result.”
Another commented: “Flipping love it. Sad to say that all teenagers are the same. I accept there are some exceptions, but not in my experience. Wish I’d done this.”
Samantha said: “She has a room downstairs which is built on to my house, she can not get the internet without the adapter as it doesn’t reach that far, so she needs that to be able to do all the things she does.
“People keep saying about mobile data she could use, but it wouldn’t work as she’s a proper gamer and has three TVs in her room.
“Kacey literally can not survive without the internet, she plays all the online games with other gamers as soon as she’s home from her apprenticeship.”