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Boy Frames Elf on the Shelf After Mom Creates Funny Setup

This Is Officially the Most Hilarious Example of How Elf on the Shelf Can Go Horribly, Horribly Wrong

Parents trying to up their Elf on the Shelf game should take note: sometimes, you're better off just plopping the damn thing on your mantel and being done with it. But if you are determined to Pinterest-ify your kid's experience with their little elf, please, just heed this mom's cautionary tale first.

Poor Lynn Heinrich set out to pull a clever Elf on the Shelf prank on her son:

"I was feeling creative and I got shaving cream and sprayed it all over the bathroom mirror and filled one of the two sinks with shaving cream and left a little note that said, 'Miles did it,' and Angel the elf was holding the pencil and had his arm around the shaving cream," Heinrich wrote in an expletive-laden Facebook post on the Love What Matters page.

What happened next, she never could have prepared for:

Miles woke up before me and went to the bathroom and apparently got scared sh*tless that he was going to be in so much trouble that he needed to cover his tracks. So my son, apple of my eye, the monster I was on bed rest for five months for, that I went through 21 hours of labor for and took three hours to push his huge-ass head out, well, he decides to frame the elf. So he gets a magic marker, black to be exact, and draws squiggly lines all over my bathroom walls . . . Then writes a note with the said marker saying, "You are ugly Lynn," and then the mastermind puts the marker on the elf.

I have to give him credit there, he is smarter than some of the dumb asses on Snapped or I Almost Got Away With It. Kind of scary if I think about that. Anyway so now because of this Mother F%^$%$& elf I have to paint my bathroom again. I mean how can I yell at him without telling him I know he did it because I did the shaving cream?

So, yeah, on the one hand, she should be impressed with her kid's ability to troubleshoot on the spot, but maybe she — and Angel the elf, for that matter — should also, um, sleep with one eye open?

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