What is wrong with some parents these days?  So much for the clown being the scariest person at a birthday party.

Police arrested 48-year-old Joseph Hayes on Saturday after the South Memphis, Tennessee man whipped out a gun when his kids didn't get any cake or ice cream at a child's birthday party.

Hayes reportedly lost his cool and told the host of the party, "Y'all didn't save my kids no [expletive] ice cream and cake."

Then, proving he's partial to nut-cake, he did the next logical thing. He went home, grabbed a gun and returned to the party where he showed the host his piece and said, "I ain't scared to go to jail, just take care of my kids."

The host, clearly not in a mood to share a sugary treat of any variety with someone so naughty, called police, who arrested Hayes. Hayes denied carrying a gun, choosing instead to tell cops he simply had something in his pants that looked like one.

Note to Mr. Hayes:  Way to set a good example for  your kids!  Congratulations on teaching them that if they don't get what they want, they can just go get a gun (or something that looks like a gun) and flash it around until they get what they want.  Good thing that you're not afraid to go to jail.  Now you get to confront those feelings.

It's unclear if Hayes' kids wound up getting any ice cream or cake.

[Memphis Commercial Appeal]