After blowing off her mother's request, the child posted a sign in her bedroom window: "Help!" and "Please call the police!"
The 9-year-old had been observed crying her eyes out and hoisting the hand-made sign, which led a few passers-by to alert the authorities.
Within minutes, a squadron of cops arrived, banging on the front door.
After a quick glance at the child's room, an officer declared it "a battlefield" and told her she'd better tidy up. Sure enough, when police returned two hours later, the room was spic and span.
You know, this gives me an idea... Maybe we can start selling these "Help! Call the Police" signs to parents. When the cops arrive, the mom or dad on duty can simply direct them to the child's room.
Instant discipline and zero guilt. Hey... you pay enough sales tax and state income tax... why not get some free parental assistance out of it?