Rachel’s husband, Tom, invited her on a trip with him and his friend, but when she found out he had booked first-class seats for himself and his friend while she got an economy seat, it caused a rift in their relationship and led her to question if she was entitled for not settling for economy.
A woman in her 30s named Rachel and her husband, Tom, had not been on a trip out of the country for years, while Tom went every year with his best friend to attend sporting events.
A Nice Trip Away
This year, Tom invited Rachel to join him and his friend on a trip to a new destination, and he paid for her ticket and expenses since she was a stay-at-home mom with no income.
He Booked WHAT?!
However, when Rachel found out that Tom had booked first-class seats for himself and his friend while she got an economy seat, she was upset and confronted him about it.
He Belittled Her
Tom at first refused to discuss the issue, but when the argument escalated, he yelled at Rachel, “I paid for your ticket, isn’t that enough?” He also belittled her by saying that even economy was fine for her since she “technically” didn’t work. Rachel was hurt by Tom’s words and decided not to go on the trip at all.
He Begged Her to Come
Tom later tried to apologize and begged Rachel to come with him, but she refused. When Tom’s friend sent her a text calling her entitled, Rachel blocked him since he had been increasingly rude over the past few months.
She Asked the Internet for Advice
Rachel turned to Reddit to ask if she was the jerk for not settling for an economy seat. Many people on Reddit criticized Tom and his friend for their behavior, calling them insensitive and disrespectful. One user wrote, “It’s not about the seat, it’s about the lack of respect for your wife. Tom should have treated you as an equal and not belittled you.”
It’s Not Fair!
Others pointed out that Tom’s actions were hurtful and that he should have communicated with Rachel about the seating arrangements beforehand. One user commented, “Tom should have talked to you about the seating and found a solution that worked for both of you. It’s not fair to dismiss your feelings and prioritize his own comfort.”
Should She Be Thankful?
Despite the criticism, some users on Reddit defended Tom’s actions, arguing that he had the right to use his money as he saw fit and that Rachel should have been grateful for the opportunity to travel. One user wrote, “Tom paid for the trip, so he gets to decide how to spend his money. Rachel should be thankful that he even invited her.”
In the end, Rachel realized that Tom’s behavior was unacceptable and that she deserved to be treated with respect and equality. She decided to take some time to reflect on their relationship and whether it was healthy for her and their family.
The Internet Responded
This commenter wrote, “If you’re a SAHM then all the money he earns is SHARED FUNDS. There is no “him” paying, in fact you paid for his first class ticket as much as he paid for your economy ticket. The level of disrespect is astounding. Divorce him and get half, plus alimony.”
More Internet Comments
Another person commented, “I think the OP needs to take a quick step back and kind of take the whole picture in. I’m not saying her husband is in a relationship with his friend, but it really, really, really seems that way.”
A Final Comment
This last person posted, “Yeah, the behavior from the friend is the kind of behaviour you see from a husband’s mistress once she realizes the wife knows about her and hasn’t left yet… The more she lets her husband disrespect her, the more secure the friend feels in his attachment to her husband. They’re definitely having an affair.”
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