"My Mother Gambled $2.5 Million Away and Blames Me for Being Broke"
According to Carie, her mother, Diane, was once a successful jewelry store owner who lived the high life in Las Vegas, but she gambled away $2.5 million and now lives in an RV. Carie also says her mother blames her for her troubles. Diane says Carie left her stranded when she needed her most, and the two haven’t spoken in more than a year. Dr. Phil brings mother and daughter together — can they make amends?
Carie believes her mother and stepfather got swept up in the Vegas high life and gambled away all their belongings. “They lost their jewelry store. They lost the house, the cars. They could barely make ends meet,” she says. Carie claims her mother, Diane, then mooched money off of everyone in their family but never paid it back — a claim her mother denies. “My mom’s image in the community went into the toilet,” she says. “Now, my mother is on the verge of being homeless, living in an RV.” She says she has tried to help her mother and stepfather get back on their feet but claims her mother has sabotaged her efforts. “She is expecting me to pick up the pieces for her, because she’s made all these decisions along the way. It’s not my responsibility. I’m not her parent.”
A Mother-Daughter Feud
Onstage, Dr. Phil asks Carie, “Don’t all parents hope that when we get a little long in the tooth that our kids will, kind of, remember us and be there to take care of us in our old age?”
“When someone spits in your face and tells you it’s not good enough … then it gets a little ridiculous,” Carie responds. “There’s no pleasing this woman.”
Diane says she and Carie are not on speaking terms at the moment. “I’m sick and tired of the way she treats me,” Diane says. “She becomes hateful, mean, nasty, and then she turns it around and says it’s my fault.” She says she had to block Carie’s number because of the “horrible” texts Carie has sent her. “She’s just a horrible person,” she says. “She has had three strikes. She’s out.”