Son Realizes ‘Dad’ In Family Chat Group Is A Stranger

There are many scenarios when we add random strangers to a WhatsApp group. A similar thing happened when a man added a stranger to his family group thinking it was his dad. HE shared the story on his social media and it got a lot of attention.


Twitter user @Jonnohopkins shared how he by mistake added a stranger to his family group instead of his father and for six months the stranger was in the group and said nothing. His story went viral quickly and people were stunned that the stranger did not say anything for six months. It is also strange on the part of the stranger of being in an unknown family group for six months.

The person shared how his dad always started discussing things that they had already concluded in the family group. He used to get irritated by it and would say: “To which I’d say ‘Dad, you’re in the WhatsApp group, YOU’RE READING THE MESSAGES!’ and he’d say ‘Am I?’ and I just put it down to him being old.” He did not realize that he had added a person named ‘Peter’ from his contact list and not the contact saved as ‘Dad’.

His father’s name is also Peter and hence it led him to add a stranger to the group. It was after his sister asked him to add their father on another WhatsApp group that he had made this mistake. They might have not noticed it if it was not for his sister. He shared that while adding his father to another group it “dawned on me that it was not my dad’s number”.

After recalling who he had added in the WhatsApp group he recalled that he had added a plumber named Peter in their WhatsApp group who had fixed the washing machine in December 2013 in his flat. He wrote: “I guess after a while the moment for fake dad Peter to pipe up to let us know we’d got the wrong Peter had passed so he just accepted his role as our new dad.”

Many people asked questions regarding how they could not make out that it was not his father in the group. To that, he said: “he never suspected his ‘dad’s silence as he’s never been a chat room person.” Peter the plumber was kicked out of the family group in a panic even after six months of loyalty.

His once adopted son added: “But now I feel bad for fake dad Peter and hope he enjoyed reading my mum’s messages about how she’d thought Coldplay’s album was called ‘A Cold Hard Blow To The Head’.” People enjoyed reading the whole scenario.

One replied to the Twitter thread: “Somewhere in the Twittersphere there is a thread from a plumber called Peter talking about a family chat he is part of but too awkward to let them know he is a fake dad.” Another said: “I think I would have to add dad and then politely keep fake dad too because it would seem rude to out him when he has faithfully kept abreast of everything family-related for so long!”