A woman tells the story of how she bought her daughter a designer handbag as a present for all her hard work. However, her niece stole it at a family dinner and her in-laws supported the niece, causing family drama.
They Taught The Importance Of Hard Work
The woman said, “To provide some context to you guys my husband and I have two children together. This has to do with my oldest child “Maria” (18 years old). My husband and I are very much upper middle class and live a very comfortable life. Still, this being said we both agreed that we don’t want our children to grow up not knowing what hard work is.”
They Were Proud Of Their Daughter
Both of their children have part-time jobs, and they are taught to save up for things they desire, which fosters a sense of appreciation for their possessions. Maria, excelling in school, has recently been accepted into her dream university to pursue computer science, just like her parents did. She is responsible, and independent, and rarely asks her parents for anything.
They Bought Her A Present
Maria had expressed her interest in a specific bag, which costs around $2000, intending to save up for it herself. As a thoughtful gesture, the parents decided to surprise her with the bag as an early graduation gift, appreciating her hard work and accomplishments.
But It Sparked An Argument
During a family gathering at her father-in-law’s house, Maria wore the gifted bag without thinking much of it. However, then something quite strange happened which caused a family argument.
The Niece Locked Herself In The Bathroom With It
The woman explained, “I all of a sudden hear a bunch of shouting from upstairs so I go upstairs to see what’s wrong. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law follow me. Maria is standing outside of the bathroom clearly upset. My niece had taken the bag from where we leave our jackets and bags and Maria realized she locked herself in the bathroom.”
She Insited She Return It
Upon discovering this, the woman’s sister-in-law dismissed Maria’s feelings and told her to wait until her daughter comes out. Unwilling to tolerate this, however, the woman insisted that her niece returns the bag, but she refused.
Her Husband Retrieved it
The woman explained what happened then, “I call my husband, and he starts having a go at my sister-in-law after he finds out what’s going on and grabs something to pick the lock on the door with. We get the door open and my niece is refusing to give the bag back because “she wants it”. My husband tells her to hand it over twice, but she refuses, so he grabs it from her with force.”
Then, her sister-in-law became upset and demanded that she and her husband apologize for their actions. She claimed that Maria was flaunting her designer bag in front of her daughter, causing discomfort, as she does not own a similar item. The woman responded by calling them unhinged and decided to leave the gathering.
Her In-Laws Demanded She Apologized
Afterward, her mother-in-law and sister-in-law contacted her husband, pressuring him and the woman to apologize for the incident. Additionally, they demand that Maria refrains from wearing expensive items around her cousin unless they provide the same for her.
Was The Woman In The Wrong?
The woman found the whole incident very odd and thought her in-laws were at fault. Nevertheless, some doubt crept into her mind that perhaps she had contributed to the situation, and so she turned to the internet for advice.
The Internet Responded
One person said, “These people are delusional! What did she think was going to happen? They’d just give up and let her keep the bag? Also, the niece is in for a rude awakening if she goes to college. There will be well-off people around her who have designer things and she won’t be able to just steal them because she wants it.”
Another Person Commented
“I’d expect an out of control, poorly parented 8-year-old to lock themselves in the bathroom over a toy they didn’t have. But an 18-year-old pulling that kind of stunt? That is crazy.”
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