A married couple owned two cars, both of which the husband had paid for. Both the man and his wife drove the cars regularly, but an upcoming event would soon revoke the wife’s driving privileges.
The man was the primary breadwinner of the household, earning significantly more than his wife. However, he wasn’t stingy with his money, and purchased the two cars early in their marriage, for both him and his wife to use.
Parking Ticket Surge
Lately, their town had intensified its parking enforcement efforts, resulting in an influx of parking tickets. Over the past couple of months, his wife had accumulated a few of these costly fines.
In reaction to his wife’s multiple parking tickets, the man gave her a warning: “I warned her that she needs to start being careful, but she complains that it’s extremely difficult to find convenient parking.”
However, the woman did not heed this advice, receiving yet another parking ticket. “I told her that if she received one more parking ticket, I wouldn’t allow her to drive my car again”, the man explained.
A Stern Warning
The man was not denying that this had been a stern warning, but he felt it was necessary to convey the seriousness of the situation. However, his wife did not see it this way and felt he was overreacting, so an argument ensued.
Enforcing His Boundaries
As fate would have it, the man’s wife received yet another parking ticket to add to her growing collection. True to his word, the man promptly confiscated her car keys and informed her that they would be returned when she learned her lesson. His wife’s anger flared at this action, asserting that she needed the car for her daily commute to work.
Ownership and Privilege
The man calmly reminded his wife of the fundamental fact that he had paid for the car and allowed her the privilege of using it. However, that privilege came with a condition – responsible parking. Her repeated disregard for this condition had led to the present situation.
A New Commute
In response to her protests, he proposed an alternative solution – taking the bus to work. His wife expressed her discontent with this arrangement, citing the need to wake up three hours earlier due to the lack of direct bus routes to town. She would now have to navigate multiple transfers on her daily commute, making it significantly less convenient.
Despite his rationale and the clear boundary he had set, his wife resorted to guilt-tripping him. She expressed her dissatisfaction with the prospect of a challenging daily commute and implored him to reconsider his decision.
A Firm Stand
However, the man remained resolute in his decision even after the couple’s tension had simmered and was determined to act as his wife’s self-righteous teacher. He believed he had communicated the consequences of her actions clearly and that his boundaries had been repeatedly disregarded. Now, it was up to his wife to navigate her way to work and back, hopefully with a newfound sense of responsibility when it came to parking.
Confessing to the Internet
However, the man began to feel guilty seeing the commute his wife was subjected to and wondered if he had taken this lesson too far. He headed online to confess his actions, curious to see what other people thought. However, reactions were overwhelmingly negative. “It’s not your job to “teach her a lesson”… tell her to pay the ticket and be done with it”, wrote one reader.
You’re Not Her Father
Everyone united in expressing their discomfort with the man’s strange attitude. “You are her husband, not her father”, another person wrote. “You are supposed to be equals. She deserves someone who will treat her with respect, not condescension. Please tell me you don’t have any children.”
It was clear to the man that everyone thought he was in the wrong. Some of the responses he received weren’t just critical, but downright concerned for his wife’s wellbeing. “If that’s the way you treat your wife, I hope she opens her eyes and realizes what an awful person you are”, one commenter harshly expressed.
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