Craigslist is known for posting listings that send up a red flag. There's the apartment rentals that have all the amenities you want for a steal of a price, which for some reason just so happens to be the same rental ad for an apartment in another state. Then there's the car scams where the owner is currently overseas and needs to be wired money. And of course there's all the personals that provide an endless array of entertainment. None of the personals, however, can top this posting: NEEDED: Generic Father for Backyard BBQ.
To the Washington college boys that wrote this, it's pure gold. A posting for a group of 21- to 26-year-olds searching for a "generic" dad to man the grill at a backyard BBQ sounds almost too ridiculous to believe. Although, nobody grills like dad, entertains like dad, and host a BBQ quite like dad does.
Here are the requirements for the role.
- Grilling hamburgers and hotdogs (whilst drinking beer)
- Bringing your own grill (though this is subject to change. We will provide all of the meat)
- Refer to all attendees as "Big Guy', "Chief", "Sport", "Champ" etc. (whilst drinking beer)
- Talk about dad things, like lawnmowers, building your own deck, Jimmy Buffet, etc. Funny anecdotes are highly encouraged. All whilst drinking beer.
Here is the desired experience for the dad role.
- A minimum of 18 years experience as a father
- A minimum of 10 years grilling experience
- An appreciation of a nice, cold beer on a hot summer day
These boys must be missing home because they even mention that the dad of the evening should talk about dad things "like lawnmowers, building your own deck, Jimmy Buffet, etc." As if that's not good enough, it gets better when it says that the generic father figure for hire must "refer to all attendees as "Big Guy', "Chief", "Sport", "Champ" etc. (whilst drinking beer)." Ah Dad.
Of course at that age, you're starting to pay off student loans and quite possibly getting your first real job, so monetary gain for this position is null and void. Instead, the payment for the lucky father that gets the gig will be in all the food and beer he can consume - which should be free since he's providing the grill.
Yeah, they want the hired father to bring a grill. Is it because his grill is the best? Or maybe when they mention "bringing your own grill" that means they don't actually posses a barbecue for the party. It may just be a clever rouse to get someone else to do all the work. Or these guys may be looking for a rockin' old fashioned BBQ of family fun.
As it turns out, Travis Rybarski told ABC News that there have been around 100 volunteers, or applicants, to the role to date. They interviewed multiple candidates and they're "going to have several barbecue dads now."
In fact, the story has gotten so big that their own dads might even fly in to come to their barbecue after all. As Rybarski told ABC News, what would really make their party would be hanging with the ultimate father figure: Bill Murray.
"We haven't heard anything from him, but he's kind of just the type to show up at stuff randomly so we decided to throw it out there. He's a dude that does random stuff."
Well, according to the ad, you get bonus points if your name is Bill, Randy, or Dave.