Sometimes, when someone messes with something important to you, it’s only fair to get worked up about it. Now, they’re hitting up the internet to see if they’re the bad guy. Content has been edited for clarity.
Hard-Earned $$$ Gone
“I run a successful Instagram and Etsy shop, which provides me with a stable full-time income. I kept this a secret for a while because my sister, who is very money-focused, and believes I owe her due to her taking care of me during my younger years. My sister, who is around 26 and has three kids with another on the way, is in a financially challenging situation, with her boyfriend working only part-time, and they live in low-income housing.
I managed to pay off my student loans, thanks in part to the GI Bill I received because of our dad’s military background. I also provided some financial support to my dad as a way of showing appreciation for his role in raising me. When he asked about the source of my newfound wealth, I reluctantly told him about my side business, sharing details about my revenue, income, tax savings, and apartment fund. Little did I know that my sister was on the phone with my dad, overhearing everything.
Initially, she was polite about it and started asking me to cover various expenses, such as her rent (which my dad already paid), her children’s needs, and groceries. I consistently declined her requests. I regularly monitored my finances, making sure everything was in order. My bank account was still tied to my dad due to the shared account setup, which allowed him access to all my financial information.
During a routine check, I discovered a substantial amount of money missing, over $3,000. I promptly contacted my bank and learned that my father had withdrawn the funds. When I confronted him, he explained that my sister needed the money for her children, but the expenses were extravagant, like the latest iPad.
Three thousand dollars is a significant sum, considering the hard work I put into my business. When I confronted my sister, she provided a sob story about needing the money for rent, her kids, and food. I insisted that she return the money, but she grew furious, arguing that I should help out the family. While I have no issue assisting with essentials like diapers and formula, that shouldn’t cost $3,000. I warned her that if she didn’t return the money within the next 2-4 months (given her part-time work), I would take legal action. Many people seem to support her, claiming that you should never do this to family. However, it is my money, and I worked hard for it.
Am I the jerk?”
“I have 2 sons and 1 daughter. My daughter just started high school and is very stressed because of course it’s harder than in middle school. My wife and I do not put pressure on her to have perfect grades, but she puts it on herself.
The thing is, since she was born, she was anemic. She was mostly fine for all of her life, sometimes she’d get dizzy but it would go away after a little break. We go to her doctor regularly.
Few days ago she started complaining about having a terrible headache and feeling like she’s gonna pass out. Her doctor says it’s from the stress. What my wife and I didn’t know is that she started drinking lots of coffee (like 3 or 4 cups a day) to stay awake to study, basically staying up until 3 am every night. All of the stress got to her. We feel horrible for not knowing.
Her doctor said that her teachers shouldn’t put a lot of pressure on her, that she is allowed to study for one subject a day that’s it. He wrote a note and gave it to her so she can show it to her teachers if needed.
The problem started when her chemistry teacher said ‘all kids are stressed and they don’t go running to doctor.’
She gave my daughter F because she wasn’t prepared (she studied for English exam that day). My daughter came home upset and told us what happened.
The next day I went to school and talked to her principal because I don’t think it’s fair to say ‘all kids are stressed’ when not all kids have anemia. The principal was on teachers side and I told them if this happens again I’m suing. This was probably a jerk move but I’m only caring about my daughter’s health.”
“I recently had my cousin move in with me after he got kicked out of his college dorm and had no job to pay for rent. My parents told me I needed to step up and help because I own a house, live alone with my two golden retrievers and two birds. My cousin would make fun of me whenever I call my pets ‘family’ and think I’m crazy.
He has a bad sense of humor. He calls me funny nicknames like robot/terminator/optimus prime and others because I wear a prosthetic leg that I’ve gotten after I had an infection 2 years ago.
I have been patient with him causing a mess and not even doing his own laundry; it’s been 3 months and it’s too much already. So recently, he started doing pranks and using personal things in his pranks. I usually take off my prosthesis before going to bed and since I work all day, I get to bed early unlike him. So he decided to do a prank and hide my prosthesis somewhere.
I saw that it was gone in the morning (he did it twice before and hid it in his room and the garage) I had enough of his bs. I asked him where he took it and he joked and said that it was inside the fridge. I was livid. I started screaming at him to stop it and to tell me where my prosthesis was before I kick him out.
He realized I was being serious and told me that it was in the attic. So I let him go get it and when he brought it to me he looked worried and started apologizing when I saw the socket had cracks, the adjustment pyramid and pylon were damaged. He told me he hid it under the old tv and didn’t think it was this fragile. It was there overnight so the damage has already been done. I lost it.
I yelled at him while all he did was apologize saying it was just a prank ‘bro’ which made it worse. I told him to leave and called my aunt to tell her about what her son did and that she needed to pay for the damages. Her reaction was shocking. She said that it was my fault because I knew how her son is and decided to take him in any way and that she wouldn’t take responsibility for his actions.
I told her I’d seriously sue because I’m broke and have no money to pay for a prosthesis and crutches are unbearable. I was so angry. I kept lashing out at everyone. Especially my mom and dad who argued with me and said that I can’t sue ‘family’ and this is my cousin and he meant no harm.
I told them that he created this situation and needed to fix it. They called me awful for refusing to wait til Christmas is over. I’m stuck here with crutches feeling awful after they all tried to shut me up and told me to wait til holidays are over then they’ll ‘raise’ money for me and my cousin will get away with it.”