It’s the story the whole Internet is talking about - how a Melbourne man named Rick Bitter has come under fire for the, er, controversial name he chose for his newborn daughter.
The Watsonia Bugle posted the story, reporting that the dad ‘has angered friends, relatives, and even his wife, by christening his daughter "Victoria”, giving her the notorious moniker of Victoria Bitter.’
The article went on to quote Rick, saying: ‘I come from a long line of bogans mate. I mean why do you think me Dad called me “Rick”? It’s because, when said quickly, it kind of sounds like “Vic Bitter”.
'He loved it, thought it was a real hoot. He always used to shout from the lounge room, “Hey Rick Bitter, get me a Vic Bitter will ya?’” Then he’d cackle like one of them hyenas from The Lion King.’
The Watsonia Bugle article then quotes Rick’s wife, who said: ‘I bloody warned him you know. Told him if he named her Victoria that I’d cut his b**** off and wear them as a necklace.
'But all he said when he went to lodge the papers was, “What are you gunna do darl? You’re stuck in here in the hospital bed so you can’t stop me from doin’ this!”
‘He’s got a bloody smart mouth does Rick. He’s in the dog house for sure. And he’ll be there for a while yet!’
It wasn’t long before the story went viral with thousands of Aussies sharing and liking the story - with Aussie radio stations even picking up the story. The only problem? Turns out it’s ‘satire’.
Responding to the nationwide attention the story received, one follower wrote on The Watsonia Bugle’s Facebook page: ‘When people are showing you the article not realising its satire... 😮’
Replies The Watsonia Bugle: ‘I think that’s what’s fuelled it this time! 🤣’
So while it looks like Rick and his beautiful daughter Victoria Bitter might be a figment of someone’s imagination, there’s no denying that it’s given us a laugh.
As The Watsonia Bugle says: ‘If there’s an influx of babies being named Victoria in the next few years, we’re taking zero responsibility...’