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Dad pays teen daughter $200 to quit Facebook for 5 mos

Yahoo! News

More and more people are taking a break from Facebook. But not many are getting $200 for the effort.

Count Rachel Baier among that exclusive group. The 14-year-old made a deal with her father, Paul. If Rachel stayed off of Facebook for five months, she’d find herself $200 richer.

To make sure everything was above board, a contract was signed by both parties. Rachel will get $50 if she resist the call of Facebook until mid-April. She’ll score $150 more if she makes it to June 26. She has given her father her password, which he has changed to prevent her from accessing her account. According to the contract, Rachel intends to use the proceeds for “stuff.”

We spoke with Paul Baier about the plan. It turns out, it was Rachel’s idea. “She mostly wanted and needed the money as she has been frustrated by not finding babysitting jobs. She is honors student but she says Facebook can be distracting.”

Rachel originally asked for $70, but then, like an expert negotiator, she came back and asked for $200. “When she realized it would be for five months and she wanted an amount that would really excite her,” Paul explained.

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