Craigslist post seeks 'generic father figure' to act as 'BBQ Dad' at cookout

By Ben Hooper
Craigslist post seeks 'generic father figure' to act as 'BBQ Dad' at cookout
A group of Spokane, Wash., roommates posted a Craigslist ad for a "generic father figure" to act as "BBQ Dad" at their cookout. Screenshot: KHQ-TV

June 5 (UPI) -- A group of Washington state roomies are going viral thanks to their Craigslist ad seeking a "generic father figure" to attend their Father's Day weekend barbecue.

A post on the Spokane-area Craigslist page explains the male roommates, who "range in age from 21-26," are seeking someone to fulfill the role of "BBQ Dad" at their barbecue June 17, the day before Father's Day.


"While most of us know how to operate a grill, none of us are prepared to fill the role of 'BBQ Dad.' That being said, we are in need of a generic father figure from 4 p.m. until about 8 p.m. (though you may stay the full duration of the party)."

"Duties include:

Grilling hamburgers and hot dogs (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. (while drinking beer)

Talk about dad things like lawnmowers, building your own deck, Jimmy Buffet, etc. Funny anecdotes are highly encouraged. All whilst drinking beer.

Desired experience:

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."

The post , which insists "THIS IS A REAL AD," states "preference will be given to applicants named Bill, Randy, or Dave."

The post was flagged for removal by Craigslist, but not before Dane Anderson and his roommates received some emails from interested dad-types.

"His name is Jerry but he said we can call him Dave or Bill," Anderson told KHQ-TV. "There was one guy Stan who sent us a message but then he stopped replying."

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