A man’s father-in-law was constantly unkind towards him. After discovering a lot of dubious material on his laptop, he decided to teach him a lesson. Here is what he had to say.
His Wife’s Dad Doesn’t Respect Him
The 36-year-old man openly acknowledged that he wasn’t the “handy” type. He could manage basic tasks like assembling IKEA furniture and following YouTube tutorials for minor fixes, but he didn’t possess the skills his 60-year-old father-in-law considered worthwhile.
But the Dad Is Very Helpful
The man admitted, “I have to give him the credit that he’s due and say that he’s knowledgeable about plumbing, joinery, and electrics. He has often helped my wife and me with matters in our home (a leaky pipe, some plastering work, etc.), and we have always been grateful and appreciative.”
The Man Is Good with Computers
In contrast, the man excelled in IT and worked in this field. Although his FIL often struggled with technology, the man never made a fuss about helping him.
The Dad Wasn’t Nice About It
However, his FIL frequently mocked his lack of practical home-repair skills, even in front of family and friends. The younger man usually bit his tongue and refrained from retaliating.
They Needed Help with A Project
Things changed when the man and his wife bought their daughter a large climbing frame/swing set for her birthday. They managed to assemble most of it but needed help with the final steps, like anchoring it safely to the ground.
The Dad Had Some Things to Say
“My brother happened to stop by to visit, so he helped, but my wife also phoned her dad to come and help. We got the job done, but again, the commentary continued, which was especially insulting considering my brother was there,” he said.
The Dad Needed His Help Now
The following day, the man, his wife, and several other family members visited his FIL’s house. The FIL asked him to fix his virus-infected laptop. As the man worked on the computer, he complained about how long it was taking and impatiently questioned the cause of the virus.
The Computer Held Some Secrets
The man related, “A peruse of his internet history revealed a LOT of adult content. Nothing particularly embarrassing, but probably information that he wouldn’t have wanted sharing.”
He Let It Slip
Without thinking, he blurted out to everyone that these adult sites often contained viruses and offered to provide a membership to his antivirus account.
It Was Very Uncomfortable
The tension in the room was palpable, and the man said, “My FIL’s wife looked super angry, and my sister-in-law stifled a laugh. We left shortly after that, but on the way out, we heard her parents arguing in their house.”
He Wondered if He’d Made a Mistake
In the car, his wife scolded him for his comment, but he defended himself, explaining that he had endured his FIL’s constant mockery without complaint until now. However, the relationship between the man and his FIL remained strained, leaving the man to wonder if he had gone too far.
He Asked the Reddit Community
One user said, “You’re NTA. He shouldn’t ask the question if he doesn’t like the answer. And he got what he deserved after all his condescending badgering.”
You Did What He Asked
Another commented, “He asked. He badgered you, even to tell him what caused the problem. You did so. Could you have done it better? Yes. You could have offered to teach him how to clean his browser history. But did you do anything wrong? Not a bit. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes, Dad.”
You Need Boundaries
A third posted, “NTA but your wife and her dad are. If someone in my family was speaking to my husband like that, I would have shut them down immediately. They can treat you with respect, or they can kick rocks. You and your wife need to have a talk and establish boundaries with her parents.”
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