A Man Met His Girlfriend’s Parents for The First Time, but When the Father Insisted He Refer to Him as ‘Mr’ the Man Ignored His Request

A man in his early 20s was nervous to meet his girlfriend’s parents. He was shocked when her father demanded he call him Mr. Lastname and made a very awkward joke. Safe to say, it was a very uncomfortable dinner.

It Was a New Relationship

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The man said, ‘For context, I am 23, my girlfriend is 22, and we have been together for 3 months.’

He Was Meeting the Parents for the First Time

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He’d only been with his girlfriend for a short time, but things were starting to get serious, and he was invited to meet her parents. Despite being nervous, he walked in and introduced himself to her mother and father by his first name. Her mother offered hers, but when the father spoke, things got weird.

It Was Way Too Formal

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The father informed the man that his name was ‘Bob’ but then said he should call him Mr. Last name. Surprised by this, the man laughed. Surely, that was way too formal, and it wasn’t like he was a teenager? That’s when he made a very awkward joke.

Call Me Dr. LastName

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Trying to ease the awkward tension created by his girlfriend’s father’s formality, the man made a joke. He told the dad that he would only call him Mr. if he called him Dr. After all, he would be a doctor in 4 years after graduating med school. Despite the man’s chuckle, the father said, very seriously, that he would not be doing that.

He Tried to Avoid Him

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He thought the father would laugh at his joke, knowing that he knew about his education ahead of time. But the tension didn’t dissipate… the father remained stoic and so the man chuckled and walked away. He actively tried to avoid his girlfriend’s father the rest of the night, stung by their weird introduction. Although he still wanted to make a good impression and spent most of the evening talking with his girlfriend’s mother.

They Were Not on a First-Name Basis

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The man continued using the father’s first name throughout the night despite being asked not to. The first time he used it, the father corrected him, asking him again to call him Mr.Lastname. But when he did it again, the father fell silent and looked upset.

His Girlfriend Was Mad

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Apart from the name weirdness, the night appeared to be a great success. He had met the parents, and the evening was generally pleasant. But after the meal, his girlfriend wanted to chat with him about his behavior. She wasn’t happy that he had disrespected her father’s wishes, especially since this was their first impression of her new partner.

He Hadn’t Been a Perfect Boyfriend

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The man said, ‘She said that she gets why I didn’t want to call him Mr. Lastname, but I should have, just to make him happy.’

It Wasn’t Like He Was a Child

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The man defended himself to his girlfriend. He said he wasn’t 16 and described the request as ‘asinine.’ His girlfriend was upset with him, but he remained firm that it was her father’s fault for ruining the mood of the evening. However, she refused to be mad at her dad.

He Was in the Wrong

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The man asked his friends what they thought about the situation, and he got a mixed response. In his mind, his girlfriend’s father was trying to assert his dominance, and no one should be made to call their girlfriend’s father Mr. over the age of 18. He asked the internet for advice.

And the Internet Responded

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One person said, ‘It’s a power move. He wants you to know he’s the big man of the family.’

Others Chimed in

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Another commented, ‘Frankly, it wouldn’t have killed you to suck up for just one night and drop the whole last name issue.’

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