When a group of housemates in Spokane, Washington realized they couldn’t be with their own dads on Father’s Day, they went looking for the next best thing: a stand-in. And like any enterprising group of young bros looking for a good deal, they decided to post an ad looking for a “BBQ Dad” on Craigslist. Unfortunately for the bros, Craiglist has since deleted the ad.

The ringleader of the group, Dane Anderson, told KHQ in Spokane that they’re having a cookout on Father’s Day weekend for about 40 people, and they decided to place the ad for a BBQ Dad because “We just thought it would be a little better because we don’t really live with our fathers.” Sure, OK.

The ad laid it all out:

hey there pretend pop

Image: Twitter / @SWXLindsayJoy

Seems OK so far. The duties listed seemed pretty reasonable, too:

  • Grilling hamburgers and hot dogs (whilst drinking beer)
  • Bringing your own grill (though this is subject to change. We will provide all the meat)
  • Referring to 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.

The bros also knew exactly what they wanted in their Pretend Dad:

  • 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 roommates wrote in their ad that although they couldn’t pay the Hired Dad in money, he was welcome to all the grilled meats and beers his heart desired.

They were also giving preference to any dad named Bill, Randy, or Dave. Those are definitely some highly common dad names.

Craigslist hasn’t said why they took the ad down, but some have hypothesized that it was taken down over the request for free labor.

Even though the ad is down, here’s hoping the bros got enough responses to still make their party a success!

(Image: Twitter / @SWXLindsayJoy)