At first glance, the following ad looks like something out of your worst nightmare: One man, desperate for a wife, taking out a rigid ad in the local paper, outline his direct specifications for a spouse. In other words, one big full-page "yikes."
But not everything is as it seems.
Yes, the ad is all about Salt Lake City businessman Baron Brooks, but he's not the one who placed it: His father did. "My father did this without my consent,” Brooks said in an interview. “I can’t even describe to you how embarrassing and ridiculous this is.”
He's definitely pissed off at his dear old dad, but he also claims that the ad is just another of dad's strange ventures. “He just does this crap. … If I shared some of the stories, you wouldn’t believe it,” Baron Brooks said. “He just does weird stuff, and nobody knows why.”
Here's the ad in question — prepare yourself for a cringe or two.
Coeur d’Alene Press
He said he was infuriated with his father but also doesn’t want to hurt his feelings. And so he has decided to let his father, 78-year-old Arthur Brooks, of Beverly Hills, California, proceed with interviewing women who meet the specifications for a suitable mate. According to the ad, the interviews will take place Saturday at The Coeur d’Alene Resort.
“And then I’ll have words with my father separately,” said Brooks, the owner of two health food stores. “Who knows, it can’t hurt. Who the hell knows?
“What am I supposed to do? He already did it,” he added. “No sense in defusing a bomb once it’s already gone off.”
Despite his anger at his father, Brooks said he's going to placate the old man by letting him conduct interviews for a suitable mate anyways. “Dating in Salt Lake has been tough because all of the women I meet already have children. I’ve never been able to meet a woman young enough to have children."
The whole thing is bizarre and, for most of us, has far too many crossed boundaries. But hey — whatever works?
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