A single mother working for the military moved on site and was surrounded by colleagues and gossiping spouses. Immediately, her neighbors mistook her for a civilian rather than a military member, and when she recruited the help of her colleagues during the move, rumors that she was a seductress soon spiraled. But when she discovered the rumors, she confronted the source, embarrassing a housewife and leaving her shaking in her boots.
It Was a New House
The woman said, ‘So this has been building for a couple of weeks now, and it finally came to a head today when I got off duty.’
She Was a Single Parent
The woman had moved to a new duty station, and since she was a single mother, she could live in on-post housing. This meant she didn’t have to deal with annoying traffic on the way to work, which made life easier for her.
Everyone Thought She Was a Civilian
She would never usually live on base but made an exception this time. On the first day of her move-in, she was dressed in ordinary clothes rather than her uniform, and some neighbors came out to offer help. Immediately, they assumed that she was a spouse and asked if her husband had been deployed.
She Laughed it Off
The woman kindly corrected them; this was a common misconception. She laughed it off, explaining that she was not married and it was actually her home. She didn’t think it was an issue, but soon things got weird.
Men Were in and out of Her Home
Over the period of ten days, the woman had plenty of men coming in and out of her home. They were from her unit, and they were helping her settle in, moving around furniture and setting things up. She was grateful for the help as she was on her own.
She Paid Them in Alcohol
Usually, after a long day of helping her out, she would reward her unit with alcohol. One day, they were unwinding on her front porch when one of the men with a spouse approached. She offered him a beer, and they began chatting, but it wasn’t long before he revealed something upsetting.
There Was a Rumour Going Around About Her
The man informed her that she was the center of a vicious rumor. Apparently, many of the wives thought she was married and cheating on her deployed husband. The Woman had wondered why many of the wives had been acting coldly towards her, and this rumor explained it.
She Couldn’t Believe it
The woman said, ‘This, of course, floors me and explains the frosty treatment I’ve been receiving.’
They Thought She Was a Cheat
Apparently, the main culprit of the rumor was a spouse called ‘Kat’ who, at the time, was sitting at the house across the street hosting a party that the woman had not been invited to. Kat had been telling everyone about the woman’s male friends walking in and out of the house, implying torrid things. The woman was enraged and immediately marched over to confront her.
The Woman Threatened Her Neighbor
The woman was angry and, very loudly so everyone could hear, told nosy Kat that she was not cheating on her husband. In fact, she wasn’t even married! Also, the men coming in and out of her home was nobody’s business but her own, and if she caught Kat spreading any more rumors, there would be trouble. She left, leaving the whole party gawping.
Her Neighbor and Friend Said She Was in the Wrong
When she told her neighbor and friend, they said that, while what she did was hilarious, she should have just let it go and not made a scene. But the woman knew rumors, like Kat’s, were career-ending, seeing as adultery is a chargeable offense in the military. She asked the internet for advice.
The Internet Provided
One person said, ‘If she didn’t want to be confronted, she shouldn’t have been making up stories about you.’
Others Had Opinions
Another said, ‘Sometimes you just gotta confront it head-on and embarrass those who start it, or the rumors will get worse.’
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