Admittedly, it can be pretty hurtful when your family takes you for granted. It sucks when they can go weeks, months, or even longer without even picking up the phone to call or text you, and one man had enough. David Baerton, 45, decided to fake his own death in order to teach his ungrateful family an important lesson and then showed up to his own funeral in a helicopter, much to their shock.
The Belgian man’s wife and children reportedly helped him pull off this downright awful “prank,” as they told their extended family that David had died. One of his kids even posted a touching tribute online, writing: “Rest in peace, Daddy. I will never stop thinking about you. Why is life so unfair? Why you? You were going to be a grandfather, and you still had your whole life ahead of you. I love you! We love you! We will never forget you.”
People in David Baerton’s family gathered at his funeral to pay their respects, but they were in for the surprise of their lives when the man himself flew into the proceedings via helicopter. They all burst into tears even harder when they realized David is indeed alive, and everyone began hugging him in relief.
So, why would anyone do something so tremendously f**ked up? According to Baerton, it was all about making them realize that our time on earth is finite and they needed to make more of an effort with him.
“What I see in my family often hurts me, I never get invited to anything. Nobody sees me. We all grew apart. I felt unappreciated,” he explained. “That’s why I wanted to give them a life lesson and show them that you shouldn’t wait until someone is dead to meet up with them. [It] proves who really cares about me. Those who didn’t come did contact me to meet up. So in a way, I did win.”