- Whoever wins her 26-year-old daughter’s heart would have been given 10 million baht (US$314,000) in cash, cars, a house, and a durian plantation
- The qualification to join the competition is that the man should possess skills needed to take over his durian business
- “If he is too handsome, it will only break my daughter’s heart.”
On March 6, after announcing to the public that he was having a contest to win her daughter’s heart, a Thai durian trader was already canceling the contest after receiving so many responses.
In Chumphon, Thailand, Anont Rotthong, who runs two durian market stalls, announced that whoever wins her 26-year-old daughter’s heart would have been given 10 million baht (US$314,000) in cash, cars, a house, and a durian plantation.
The father set the qualification to join the competition – that the man should possess the skills needed to take over his durian business.
“Anyone who knows how to buy and select durian, and sources the fruit from orchards can take my daughter’s hand.
“I won’t ask for a single baht in dowry from him, but will instead give him 10 million baht in cash, 10 vehicles, a house, two durian market stalls, and a daughter who graduated with honors from Assumption University and has a master’s degree from Sun Yat-sen University in China,” he said on a Facebook post last weekend.
And for him to know the aspiring son-in-law, they should participate in a three-month-long tournament that will be held in one of his durian farms.
Exceeding his expectations, there were 10,000 people who responded, through Facebook, to his call but he didn’t want to accommodate such big crowd.
“Interested sons-in-law, please stop calling me. I’m dying because my phone has been ringing off the hook. Let me rest,” he wrote.
Among those who have responded, a comment from 28-year-old Premyosapon Khongsai gained 14,000 likes in just a few days.
“I’m interested. I am 28 years old. My family also grows durian in Trat province. We have over 300 trees … I can weather the sun and rain. I can drive a 10-wheeerl truck and tractor. Please consider me, father Anont. Thank you,” wrote Khongsai in the comment, accompanied by a picture of him.
Yet for Anont, the man would only break the heart of her daughter, Kanjasita Rotthong, because he was too handsome, as he wrote on his pitch. They held a TV interview where he said the contest was amusing at first but after it went viral, it wasn’t funny anymore.
And finally, her daughter speaks up that she respected her father’s method of helping her find a husband but then, whatever may happen to the competition, her final decision is what matters most.
His father decided to put an end to what he has started. He told the reporters that he was calling off the tournament because it has already affected his family and business. But then, whoever her daughter would choose to marry, he still has the intention to give the 10 million baht.
Using money and possessions in finding true love doesn’t give you true happiness, but using your heart and mind will truly lead you to forever.