Okay folks, I’m going to describe a situation and you tell me how you would handle it. My mother in law lives less than a mile from me. She helps a lot with the kids. She’s the kind of person who talks to everyone, and doesn’t always do a great job discerning who should be left alone. A few weeks ago she was at the laundromat and she talked to an older man who started making her uncomfortable with his attention, and he eventually ended up “proposing” to her (although I think she meant “propositioning” her), and her solution was to let him carry her laundry to her car and then she told him that he seemed like a nice man and he would meet someone some day. So now he knows what her car looks like and that she has out of state plates. Cool move, right? So now, on to the situation that is the subject of this post. About 6 weeks ago, my MIL was at the school playground with the kids, and there was a dad there with his kid, who is about their age (9-11 years old). So she struck up a conversation with him and exchanged numbers so that they could meet at the playground some other day. Let me describe this guy. He walks his son to the playground every day because he thinks he is fat and wants him to lose weight. He has an 18 year old daughter that he didn’t raise because he was in jail for some sort of robbery that he says he claims he didn’t do, because he “wouldn’t snitch.” He always brings at least one 24 oz beer to the school playground, and sometimes 2. He is always carrying a fixed blade knife, and he treats it like a toy, not a tool. That is to say, he’s constantly fidgeting with it and not doing whatever the hell a 5 inch fixed blade knife is for. He spends a lot of time climbing trees and walls and playground equipment. Oh, did I mention he’s 43? One time he brought a bernzomatic torch and melted a bunch of coins for the kids. He has wrecked his car twice in the past month, and one of those times he was open about fleeing the scene before the cops showed up. His girlfriend got him a job as a bar back where she tends bar, and he got suspended from work within a couple weeks for accusing a patron of stealing his girlfriends phone and then menacing them with a pool cue. Later they saw on the surveillance cameras that he was actually the one who moved her phone somewhere and then I guess he forgot. I could have looked at this guy for half a second and known that I was never making intentional plans to spend time with him. There is NO WAY that my kids would be under his supervision for any reason. My MIL gave him her phone number and told him where we live. Now he has my wife’s number. When she doesn’t return his texts, he comes to the house and knocks on the door. He seems like an okay father who had some serious drug issues, but now has scaled it back to just being half drunk most of the time. He doesn’t give any of us a sexual creep vibe, and he hasn’t made any sort of advances towards my wife. His company is SO TIRESOME. He talks about nothing all the time. He is basically an emotional and cognitive 12 year old who is also drunk. Apparently today he got a $15,000 inheritance from a relative that he barely knew. So now he’s offering to take the kids to Chuck E Cheese, his treat! No effing way this is happening. My wife is exhausted by this situation. He tried to give her a guilt trip yesterday, on Mother’s Day, for not bringing the kids to the playground. It’s all too much. My MIL used to take the kids to the playground most days. But since she realized how overwhelming this guy is to be around, she has stopped doing that and it is mostly falling on my wife. So here are some options: 1) Tell this guy that my kids don’t spend time with folks that are drinking in the middle of the afternoon, and that if he wants his kid to spend time with my kids, he can come sober 2) Call the school and tell them there’s a guy who keeps coming to the school with a knife and drinking on school property 3) Call the police and tell them there’s a guy drinking on the school playground 4) Just hope that it will fizzle out when it gets too hot to walk 2 miles / when school starts back up / whatever other imaginary milestone. His son doesn’t go to this school, he just likes this playground better. Spending 2 hours 5-6 days a week with *anyone* can be a chore, but this guy is really too much. My wife is very tolerant and polite, but I can see she’s over it. She’s pretty frustrated with my MIL for bringing this guy into our lives. I don’t want him to get in trouble, I don’t want him to get arrested, I just want him to leave us alone. I think it’s possible that if I chose option 1, he wouldn’t come anymore. But my wife thinks it’s possible that he’d come and be a grumpy jerk. She’s probably right. What would y’all do?