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Dad Gives Teens Ultimatum With 'Taken'-Inspired Note

Savvy dad uses a popular meme to get his kids to clean up around the house.

Parents, want to keep your kids in line? Just threaten to take them offline. That's what one tech-savvy dad figured out as a way to discipline his messy teens -- all with a little help from Liam Neeson.

Shane Labuzan was sick and tired of the three kids in the house, ages 16, 18 and 20, making a mess that he and his fiancee would be left to clean up after they got home from work. The kitchen was strewn with leftover bowls of cereal, Ramen and spaghetti, Labuzan said, and he wasn't going to take it any more.

The Indiana-based engineer created the ultimate ultimatum for the kids -- a popular meme from Liam Neeson's hit film, "Taken," and posted it on Reddit. 

"I don't know who you are," the note reads, mimicking the film's most famous scene. "I don't know what you want. If you are looking for a maid to clean up after you, I can tell you I don't do that. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long lifetime. Skills that make me an expert in home Wifi systems and cellular data plans. If you clean up your own kitchen mess, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you. I will not pursue you. 

But if you don't, I will look for you. I will find you... AND I WILL DISCONNECT YOU."

Labuzan says he chose the meme because it's "one of the best monologues." He says the kids did initially question his resolve but each one of them was disconnected, as promised, for a time. After emptying out the dishwasher and cleaning up the kitchen, though, they're back online and his kitchen has never looked better. "For the last week, my kitchen has been virtually spotless," he told The Huffington Post in an email.

"Parents can have a lot of power in their house if they put a little effort into understanding wireless routers and the tools they provide to 'lock down' the home." 

Sorry kids, we think your parents just got a few more ideas in their heads.

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