The internet has dragged a father who pranked his son before his job interview in a new post that went viral on social media.
Posted on Reddit’s popular r/AmITeA**hole forum, stylizing AITA, a man under the username u/ads_ver1383 asked, “AITA for what I (18M) told my dad after I got fed up with his stupid pranks had?” The popular post has over 6,000 upvotes and 1,000 comments.
The Redditor begins his story by explaining that his father has been pranking him and his family for years.
He wrote: “It used to be silly annoying stuff like giant fake spiders/roaches in the fridge or around the house hiding in the shower to scare one of us. But frankly, he goes too far.”
The popular day for pranks is usually April 1st – also known as April Fool’s Day. In a study conducted by YouGov, they asked 4,000 people over the age of 18 whether they found April Fools’ Day jokes amusing or annoying. Overall, 46 percent found these pranks amusing and the other 41 percent annoying.
The original poster (OP) began listing more recent pranks his father had played on him, including putting whipped cream in his shoes, hiding his clothes around the house, and even messing with his son’s dietary restrictions.
The OP and the rest of his family were upset with OP’s father, so he stopped pranking for a while. The OP admitted that all the pranks make him not want to be around his dad.
He wrote: “I’ve had job interviews all week as I’ll be able to work full time in a few weeks after graduation. I even bought an entire suit and tie to look more professional. Before I was leaving, he asks me to help him get groceries from the car because he needs to go to the bathroom.”
“Instead, he dropped a water balloon out of the window on me when I came back. For the first time I was ready to curse him, that’s how angry it made me. It made me even madder because he was laughing when he picked it up on his phone telling me not to get too angry and I can have one of his shirts for use my interview,” he continued.
The OP was upset because he bought the suit with his own money and was about to leave for the interview when the prank took place. The Reddit user didn’t use swear words when speaking to his father, but told him his pranks were the reason he wouldn’t hear from him after the OP moved out. The OP was serious about his father when he told him he was going to be blocked.
His father has not spoken to him since the argument. The OP’s mom told him that he really upset his dad and hurt his feelings and that it’s “his way of trying to have fun with them.” He admits he’s fed up with the pranks.
The Reddit community was quick to defend the OP.
“[Not the A**hole] I would hate growing up in such an environment and I would cut ties too. The fact that he knew you had interviews and brought your own suit and then just threw a water balloon at you is a selfish and horrible thing. He made a choice, his desire to make himself laugh at other people’s expense has ruined your relationship and you want to cut ties. He can sulk about whatever he wants,” u/CrystalQueen3000 received the top comment with over 10,000 upvotes.
U/fizzbangwhiz shouted: “[Not the A**hole]. Your father is a child. He has consistently ignored your boundaries and your feelings your whole life and is now trying to sabotage your job interviews? Who cares if you hurt his feelings once after he’s hurt your feelings for years?”
“I don’t blame you at all for your reaction. You’ve been telling him for years that you don’t like his pranks and he chose to ignore you until you yelled at him; that’s his business,” they continued.
“OP, I am so sorry that you have experienced this and that you are not safe in a person to love and protect. Your reaction is perfectly reasonable – if your father doesn’t respect you and your wishes, what else are you supposed to do?[Not the A**hole],” wrote u/nutellacupcakesftw.
news week asked u/ads_ver1383 for a comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/dad-dragged-hitting-sons-new-suit-water-balloon-before-interview-1710668 Dad is dragged before the interview for hitting his son’s new suit with a water balloon