An Individual’s Parents Demanded They Sacrifice Their Final Year of University to Pay $500 for Their Sister’s School Fees, when They Refused Their Mother Called Them Narcissistic

An individual’s sister desperately needed €500 for school fees, but the siblings’ parents were facing financial difficulties. The individual wasn’t aware yet, but they would soon be expected to come up with this cash themselves. 

Financial Chaos

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The whole family was struggling significantly with their finances. Not only was the young girl unable to continue studying unless she came up with €500, but the individual was facing similar troubles. 

The Individual’s Own Problems

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Similarly to their sister’s predicament, the individual was also facing financial strain in relation to their education. In their case, they were struggling to afford to pay for their final year of computer science study at university. 

Parental Request for Help

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The mother hadn’t asked the individual to permanently pay the €500 for their sister but to lend it temporarily. “She told me she will give it back to me on Friday”, explained the individual. 

An Unreliable Mother

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Unfortunately, this was not a promise that the individual was willing to accept at face value. “I know how my mom operates” they stated. “It will be the following month before she gives it back.”

Prioritizing Self-Survival

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Unfortunately, the individual was already stretched thin financially, with their parents unable to support them due to their own financial difficulties. They had studied hard over the last couple of years at university and couldn’t risk failing now, so they decided to prioritize their own needs.

Father’s Involvement

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The user declined their mother’s request, but it wasn’t long until their father became involved. “He called me and started sweet-talking me and I felt bad but I still didn’t want to give them €500”, the user recounted. 

The White Lie

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Despite the emotional pressure, the user stuck to their decision but told a white lie. They claimed that the €500 was in a different bank account and would take days to withdraw, conveniently falling after their mother’s payday.

Accusations and Hurtful Words

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Unfortunately, this smart response did not go to plan for the individual. They received a barrage of text messages from their mother, accusing them of being a liar, a gaslighter, and a narcissist. Their mother also labeled them as extremely selfish and self-centered.

A Moral Dilemma

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The individual was facing emotional blackmail and family pressure from all angles, and this made them begin to doubt their own actions. However, They felt that it was incredibly unfair for their family to be relying on them financially for their sister’s education, especially when it would put their final year of university at risk.

Community Responses

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The individual found themself stuck. To help them figure out what to do next, they posted on a social media platform for assistance. Thankfully, everyone who read the story was on the individual’s side. “Your parents are messed up for expecting you to sabotage your education to bail your sister out”, expressed one reader.

Not Their Responsibility

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One commenter defended the individual, reminding them that their parents had many other options. “You are not responsible for your sister’s school fees”, they wrote. “Your parents could organize an overdraft on their bank account to cover it, which would be a free alternative way to get the money. They could also write a cheque, which takes a few days to go through.”

Bad Financial Planning

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Another responder suggested that the individual’s parents had no one but themselves to blame for this predicament. “These school fees won’t have been a surprise”, they wrote. It is not your responsibility to care for your sister.” 

They Knew for Months

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Responding to the last comment, the individual explained that the financial burden had indeed not come as a surprise. “They have known about it since June”, they wrote. When the individual posted the story, June was over three months ago, so from many readers’ perspectives, this represented the final nail in the coffin of their parents’ argument.

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