A brutal ad placed by a bride for a stranger to essentially babysit her future mother-in-law has gone viral after being shared on Reddit.
"I can’t decide if this is tacky, or brilliant," a Reddit user wrote alongside a photo of the ad, which was initially posted on Craigslist. "I wouldn’t have been able to pay enough $$ for someone to be willing to distract my MIL."
The ad offers $1000 for someone to be the bride's mother-in-law's date for the wedding weekend, it reads: "Hello! I'm looking for a wedding date for my mother-in-law from Friday evening to Saturday evening for a wedding in Hudson Valley in August.
"She needs constant attention and supervision. She will probably wear white and try to escalate small dramas - your job is simply to distract and de-escalate. Flatter her for two days and make an easy $1,000."
The ideal candidate is described as a conversationalist, de-escalator, good dancer, and ideally experienced with narcissists.
They also need to be "able to pretend you happen to be a guest interested in sitting/dancing with MIL... able to give her your undivided attention" and ideally between the ages of 40 and 60d.
The bride and her partner will provide background information, conversation topics, a hotel room, food and travel expenses.
"When I read it, I immediately thought of my husband," one Reddit user wrote. "He is amazing at de-escalating situations and he would be fantastic at this. He deals with my crazy mom all the time for free."
"As a trained actor, this would be an excellent gig," another wrote. "Pays well, too. Several of my fellow actors would probably jump at this."
"It's a brilliant idea," a third added.
"Brilliant AND tacky," someone else wrote. "I love it!"
Others shared their own personal experiences that related, with one user writing, "I specifically invited my mothers two oldest friends to my wedding to keep her occupied. I do love my mother, but on my wedding day I’m going to need her to be at least ten feet away from me at all times. I cannot deal with her criticisms and anxiety at the best of times, let alone at my wedding."
"I acted this way for my bff for her wedding with her MIL," someone else added. "I hung out with her the night before and got her so drunk she was practically docile for the wedding due to the hangover. I had a slight one the day of, but my friend appreciated the hell out of it."
Some joked that this story could have been a Netflix romantic comedy, with one user saying, "I need this with Meryl Streep and Hugh Jackman."
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