They were offering $1000 to a "conservationist, de-escalator, good dancer," had "experience with narcissists," would be "able to pretend [they were] a guest interested in sitting/dancing with MIL."
No matter how sweet your mother-in-law is, I'm sure you must have dreaded how your relationship would be initially given the stereotypical image of all MILs. For centuries, they have been the butt of many jokes and a recent Reddit post doesn't help the case. User ellendekker took to Reddit's F*uckYouKaren section and posted a screenshot of a very unusual advertisement on craigslist. The person probably from Hudson Valley was looking for a date who would accompany their mother-in-law to a wedding. "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."
They were offering $1000 for anyone who was a "conservationist, de-escalator, good dancer," had "experience with narcissists," would be "able to pretend [they were] a guest interested in sitting/dancing with MIL, able to give her [their] undivided attention, ideally [in the] age range 40-60ish," and had their "own suit to wear." The poster went describe their mother-in-law as a 51-year-old slim and attractive woman who "needs constant attention and supervision." It continued, "She will probably wear white and try to escalate small dramas- your job is simply to distract and de-escalate. Flatter her for 2 days and make an easy $1000."
In addition to the money, the interested party would receive background information of their target date, "conversation topics, hotel room (your own, of course), food," and "travel expenses." Anyone interested in this deal was urged to send a picture of themselves along with a short message describing their qualification and interest. "You will also need to be able to OK with ous running a background check on you just for safety's sake," it concluded. The fact that someone was ready to go this far as to actually create topics for conversations, pay a lump sum amount just for two days to keep their MIL in check left people in the comment section baffled.
One user suggested that this wedding would make a great "psychological thriller" movie. Another wrote, "This CL ad will become a low-budget comedy on Amazon Prime. Someone like Paul Walter Hauser (Horace in Cruella) will play the guy they hire to date the MIL from hell." As for other Redditors, they thought that the deal was quite impressive and extremely interested to do the job. "The pay is more than okay and he's honest. Hell, I'd take the job. 10/10 advertising," expressed user hey_you_yeah_me.
But Redditor Lord_Ho-Ryu shared, "If it’s paid hourly, I agree. Otherwise, hell no. I’m not dealing with someone who will clearly cause a scene, at a wedding, that I’m in no way invested in, just for a measly grand." However, others were quick to point out that it was indeed a steal. "But at $1000 for 2 days, that's like $20 per hour, and you wouldn't even be with her the full 48 hours," shared one, while another noted, "The average person is awake 16hrs a day, so it's like $31/hr. That's quite good. And considering you get hotel room and food and everything."
Cove image source: Reddit