Dads protest text urging them to pay child support

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YORK, Pa. (AP) – Some men in central Pennsylvania are protesting a text message they received from a county agency urging them to celebrate Father’s Day by paying child support.

The York Dispatch reports that Wednesday’s message from the York County Domestic Relations agency said a payment would be “the ideal Father’s Day gift.”

One recipient, Ricardo Reyes, tells the paper he was offended by the implication that all dads are deadbeat dads. Another, Jesse Mauss, says it also implies that fathers are only good for money and no other parental responsibilities. Both say they are up to date on payments.

Agency director Theresa Gross says the message wasn’t meant to offend but was an effort to use innovative ways to encourage child support payments and was intended for people who are behind.

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