Dad Took Out Bounty On Daughter's Boyfriend (And I Cheer)

Jeanne Sager
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handcuffsDid you ever read one of those stories that was just so wrong? But you can't shake the feeling that a teensy weensy part of you feels like it was kind of . . . right? Introducing the dad who was looking for a hit man to take out his teenage daughter's creepy boyfriend.

See what I mean? It's so wrong. But there's that little part of me deep down inside that's screaming "Goooooo Dad!" Just me? Maybe you need more details.

Domingos Oliveira had a 19-year-old daughter who was dating a 33-year-old man. I know what you're saying: she's a teenager, but she's an adult. None of Dad's business. But let's throw this little gem out there: the boyfriend was a convicted sex offender.

Totally changes things, doesn't it? Your kid could be 50, and you find out she's dating a sex offender, and all bets are off. She's still YOUR kid.

Oliveira allegedly put up posters in town with the boyfriend's vital statistics, including the sex offender bit, and an offer of $3,000 for the man "dead or alive." It sounds like a great way to scare the bejesus out of your kid's bad boyfriend and send him packing, but the police took it as a crime. They're charging him with suspicion of solicitation for murder.

And I feel bad for him. Yes, on the technical end, he's wrong. If someone had, God forbid, killed the guy, ugh. I don't want to even think about it. But it's not like going out and hiring a hit man with the express purpose of having someone killed. He embarrassed the heck out of the guy in a public forum.

That's a dad's prerogative. Women tend to ruffle at the idea that our dads will weigh in on our romantic choices. It's patriarchal, we say. But when I look back on it, if my Dad didn't like a guy, it had a lot more to do with how the guy treated me as a human being than any sense of my sexuality.

Besides, what else CAN a parent do when their kid has an inappropriate boyfriend or girlfriend? You can't kill them. You can't break the two up. You can tell your kid not to see that person, but all you'll accomplish is to send her/him flying into the moron's arms.

Do you feel a teeny weeny bit of sympathy for this dad, despite yourself?

 

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