Dad's Taken-Style Threat To His Kids Goes Viral

by Maria Guido
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A father got sick of picking up after his kids and decided to get clever about hinting that they should clean up their act. So he posted this over the kitchen sink:

He then posted it to Reddit with this caption: “My teenagers refuse to put their dishes in the dishwasher. So I put this above the sink.”

The note is a play on the famous scene in Taken where Liam Neeson’s character threatens to find the men who kidnapped his daughter and kill them: “I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don’t have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you.” Sound familiar? Liam Neeson was a badass in that movie.

Do you remember being a teenager? We didn’t have anything our parents could take away (except maybe some TV time or ability to use the car). We weren’t the easiest kids to bribe. Now there’s a treasure trove of goodies at our disposal to take away from our children — and we only need to lock them out of the Wi-fi to do it. A parent could get drunk with power just thinking about it.

The note is going viral today because it’s fun. It’s not the usual shame-fest online parenting discipline show-offs tend to post. This dad clearly isn’t one to be messed with, but he’s got a sense of humor. In short – no one was traumatized as a result of this parenting ploy.

One Reddit commenter asked/declared: “This is what I fear about having kids one day. Lazy as fuck, how did they get that way? Is it your fault? Who is to blame? I don’t get it. Tell me, so I know what to avoid when I have them one day.” The creator of the note answered, “Actually, my kids have their shit together. My oldest graduated high school a semester early and then got a 30 hour a week job to save money for college. My youngest has a 3.95 GPA in all IB classes and picked up a summer job for 30 hours a week. When it comes to the “big rocks” of life, they are squared away.

They’re just fucking slobs.” Well, you win some, you lose some.

But seriously kids, clean up your shit. Your dad is pretty cool.

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