The internet has dragged a father who pranked his son before his job interview in a new post that has gone viral on social media.
Posted on the popular Reddit forum r/AmITheA**hole, Stylized AITA, a man with the username u/ads_ver1383 posed the question, “AITA for what I (18M) said to my dad after I got tired of his stupid pranks? The popular post has more than 6,000 upvotes and 1,000 comments.
The Reddit user begins his story by explaining that his father has been pulling pranks on him and his family for years.
He wrote, “Used to be silly and annoying things like giant fake spiders/cockroaches in the fridge or around the house, hiding in the shower to scare one of us. But honestly, it took it too far.”
The popular day for pranks is usually April 1, also known as April Fools’ Day. In a study by YouGov, 4,000 people over the age of 18 were asked if they found April Fools’ Day jokes funny or annoying. When added together, 46 percent found those jokes funny and the other 41 percent found them annoying.
The original poster (OP) began by listing the most recent pranks his father had pulled on him, such as putting whipped cream in his shoes, hiding his clothes around the house, and even messing with his son’s dietary restrictions.
The OP, like the rest of his family, was upset with OP’s father, so he put the jokes on hold for a while. The OP admitted that all the jokes make him not want to be around his father.
He wrote: “This whole week I have had job interviews scheduled as I will be able to start working full time after graduation in a couple of weeks. I even bought a full suit and tie to look more professional. Before being on my way out He asked me to help him get the groceries out of the car because he had to go to the bathroom.”
“Instead he threw a water balloon at me from the window on the way back. For the first time I was ready to cuss him out, that’s how mad it made me. It made me more mad because he was laughing recording it on his phone telling me not to get too mad and that I can wear one of his t-shirts for my interview,” he continued.
The OP was upset about buying the suit with his own money and was about to leave for the interview when the prank occurred. The Reddit user didn’t use profanity when he spoke to his father, however, he told her that his pranks were the reason she wouldn’t hear from him after the OP moved out. The OP was serious with his father when he told her that he would be blocked.
Since the argument, his father has not spoken to him. The OP’s mother told him that she really upset his father and that she hurt his feelings and that it’s “his way of trying to have fun” with them. He admits that he is sick of the pranks.
The Reddit community was quick to defend the OP.
“[Not the A**hole] I’d hate growing up in an environment like that and I’d be cutting ties too. The fact that he knew that you had interviews and that you had brought your own suit and then he threw a water balloon at you is selfish and horrible. He has made up his mind, his desire to laugh at other people’s expense has ruined his relationship and he wants to cut ties. He can pout all he wants,” u/CrystalQueen3000 received the top comment with over 10,000 upvotes.
U/fizzbangwhiz exclaimed: “[Not the A**hole]. Your dad is a boy. He has been constantly ignoring your boundaries and your feelings throughout your life and now he has moved on to trying to sabotage your job interviews. Who cares if you hurt his feelings once, after he’s been hurting you for years?
“I don’t blame you at all for your reaction. You have been telling her for years that you do not like her jokes and she chose to ignore you until you yelled at her, that is her fault, ”they continued.
“OP, I am so sorry that you have been experiencing this and that you are not safe with a person who is supposed to love and protect you. Your answer is completely reasonable: if your father does not respect you and your wishes, what else is there?” you supposed to do?[Not the A**hole]”, wrote u/nutellacupcakesftw.
news week reached out to u/ads_ver1383 for comment.