Mark, a 31-year-old man, shared a close bond with his two siblings, a 23-year-old sister named Shannon, and a 37-year-old brother. They all have the same mother but different fathers.
An Unfortunate Passing
Unfortunately, Mark and his siblings’ mother passed away from cancer five years ago. This left the siblings to rely on each other for support.
Shannon, the youngest of the three, faced a significant challenge when her father walked out on her at the tender age of four. This event left her with no knowledge or connection to her father, leading her to make jokes about being an orphan. Her mother’s death added to her struggles, causing her to battle serious depression.
A Supportive Older Brother
Mark, who works in a high-ranking position at an airline, decided to step in and offer Shannon a lifeline. “I decided to put her on my benefits which allows her to fly for free”, he explained. “She has always wanted to visit places that our mom could never go to because she had us so young.”
A Huge Opportunity
This opportunity gave Shannon the means to explore the world and live her early twenties to the full. “I couldn’t be happier”, beamed Mark.
Engagement and Blended Family
Mark’s life took another significant turn when he got engaged to Taylor, a 29-year-old woman with a six-year-old daughter named Maddie. Mark readily embraced the role of a father figure for Maddie, stepping up where her biological father fell short.
The Dilemma of Flight Benefits
As the wedding preparations began, the issue of flight benefits arose. Mark’s employee benefits allowed him to include his spouse, siblings, and father on his account, but the maximum number of people he could add was four. Mark had already added his father, brother, and sister, leaving no room for Taylor and her daughter Maddie.
A Challenging Proposal
Taylor proposed that Shannon be removed from the flight benefits, suggesting that she needed to get a job and pay for her own flights. This suggestion did not sit well with Mark, as Shannon was currently in school and living off the inheritance their mother had left them. He firmly believed that Shannon wasn’t a freeloader.
In response to Taylor’s proposal, Mark pointed out that he still had eight buddy passes each year, which could be used for trips with Taylor and Maddie. These passes would only require a minimal payment of around $60 per ticket. He believed this was a reasonable compromise.
The Conflict Deepens
Taylor, however, remained adamant that Mark was being unfair by not including Maddie in his flight benefits. However, Mark further defended his actions: “Given her daughter is in school the majority of the year, she will most likely not use the benefits as much as my sister uses it now”, he explained.
Sharing His Story
Mark shared his story online, asking for the perspectives of online community members. Many readers were quick to defend the man’s actions. “If it’s only $60 a pop for the kid, her mother doesn’t have a leg to stand on whining about your sister, who benefits a lot more than the kid will from the deal”, one person wrote.
An Entitled Fiancée
Other commenters pointed out how entitled the man’s fiancée was acting. “Your fiancée sounds super entitled”, one person pointed out. “I’d recommend you tell her no and leave it at that, but seriously reconsider how you view her if she keeps pushing. If she’s being this entitled over airline benefits, she’ll likely be entitled over other things too.”
Entitled and Ungrateful
This sentiment was unanimous throughout the entire thread. “Instead of being thrilled that she gets to fly for free and only pay $60 for her daughter, she has a fit that her daughter also doesn’t fly for free?”, another reader agreed. “She is being selfish in wanting to deny your sister the benefit, who can fully use it, to give it to her daughter who might use it a couple of times per year.”
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