Father’s Day weekend is coming up, and it’s already been the source of one of our favorite job listings.
A pack of twenty-somethings in Spokane, Washington is looking for the perfect “BBQ Dad” to serve up grilled goodies and knock back beers on June 17— Father’s Day weekend.
College student Dane Anderson, speaking of the Craigslist ad he posted seeking a “Generic Father for Backyard BBQ” for himself and his roommates, told KHQ about the decision to launch a search for the perfect father figure.
Duties: Bring your own grill, discuss lawnmowers and other “dad things,” and use nicknames for everyone there.
“We just thought it would be a little better because we don’t really live with our fathers,” Anderson told the media outlet.
Even though the job is unpaid, the qualifications are very specific. It looks like not just anyone can play “BBQ Dad” from 4pm to around 8pm that day.
The posting says that you must have been a father for at least 18 years, have “an appreciation of a nice, cold beer on a hot summer day” and must have been grilling for at least 10 years.
The faux-dad has to cook up some food on his own grill – namely, classic barbecue fare: hotdogs and hamburgers, “whilst drinking beer.” (They will supply the meat, but the part about providing his own grill could change.)
As for the other responsibilities, they’re no surprise: “talking about dad things, like lawnmowers,” and addressing people at the barbecue with names including “Champ” and “Sport.”
After grilling “for a few hours,” the dad can relax with the group.
“We’re just looking for a dad to come crack a cold one open with the boys,” Anderson told KHQ.
While the winner won’t get paid in cash, he’ll have his fair share of “all the food and cold beer your heart desires,” according to the post.
Who “the boys” really want their dad to be for the day
KHQ’s Andrea Olson tweeted this video on their ideal pick: actor Bill Murray.
— Andrea Olson (@KHQAndrea) June 4, 2017
Dane Anderson told HuffPost who “the boys” have set their sights on.
“With all the publicity, we’ve decided to ‘Go Bill or Go Home.’ Bill Murray that is…We are dead-set on getting Bill to be our father figure #BillOrBust,” Anderson told HuffPost.
And just in case you thought Anderson and his friends weren’t serious about the job posting, they made sure to throw in this line— with a big hint about which candidates could be at the top of their list.
“THIS IS A REAL AD. Do not hesitate to call if you are interested. Preference will be given to applicants named Bill, Randy, or Dave,” the post reads.
The screening process isn’t too tough: Email them a selfie and some information about who you are.
On your marks, get set, go, right?
But wait, there’s more: “BBQ Dad” exists already
It turns out, the man in the photo featured in the ad has gotten wind of his fame, according to KHQ. Doug Sherman is from Toronto and is a chief executive of a pharmacy. He has two daughters and is married. Anderson found Sherman’s photo on thelittlehoneybee.com and decided to include it in the Craigslist post.
Sherman says he’s racked up about 55 years of grilling experience, but the competition is tough: More than 70 candidates have reportedly applied.
So will he do it?
“If nobody does come out there, I’d be happy to Skype with you and walk you through the drill,” Sherman told Anderson and his friends during a FaceTime session.