A woman had recently been sending her parents money, as they had been struggling financially. However, she soon discovered that some of this money was being sent to a third party, a betrayal that deeply affected her trust in her family.
Helping Her Parents
The woman was happy to assist with her parents’ finances. “They’re retired, and I do well for myself, so I give them maybe $500 a month to help with groceries and bills. Every once in a while I will give them extra”.
A Struggling Brother
The woman explained that her brother was also financially struggling, but she was not willing to help him. “He is trash – he has multiple baby mommas and is a deadbeat”, she criticized. “Frustratingly, he’s the apple of my mom’s eye. He can do no wrong in her eyes.”
A Peculiar Request
One day, the woman received a request from her mother for a significant sum of $2,000. Concerned but trusting her mother’s intentions, she promptly transferred the money.
A Surprise Encounter
A few weeks later, the woman encountered her brother at a family destination wedding. Considering his terrible financial situation, she wondered how on earth he had afforded the trip.
Missing the Wedding
Despite the brother’s presence at the wedding’s destination, he actually missed the wedding itself. The reason for this was unsurprising to his sister – he had hooked up with a random woman, ditching the wedding to head back to her hotel resort.
The Aunt’s Anger
“It was our cousin’s wedding and my aunt was furious”, the woman explained. “She said my mom shouldn’t have given him the money if he wasn’t going to show up. She shut up after she saw the look on my face.”
The Unpleasant Discovery
The woman could not believe what she had just heard, immediately deciding to confront her mother about the $2,000 she had sent. “She lied and said that it paid for something regarding her house”, she recounted. “I asked what, but she couldn’t say. I told her what my aunt said, and her guilt was so obvious”.
Frustrated and feeling betrayed, the woman laid down a new rule: she would need receipts for any money she provided to her parents. She expressed her unwillingness to fund her brother’s irresponsible behavior, a stance born out of her hard-earned income.
Sadly, the woman’s mother burst into tears, stating that she wasn’t a child, and shouldn’t have to answer to her daughter. The woman’s father defended their autonomy, so the woman, sarcastically recognized their adulthood, abruptly ended the conversation, and left the scene.
The Conflict Resurfaced
The woman kept her distance from her parents for two months, but the source of the problem was soon brought up once again. “My aunt called me yesterday and told me that my parents were using food banks”, the woman explained. “I questioned this, saying that I had recently given them $2,000, so how could they have no money for food?”
The Brother’s Debt
The woman’s aunt criticized her niece, pointing out that she knew fine well that they had spent the money on her brother. The woman reiterated that this was not her problem, but was called inconsiderate in return.
Venting Her Frustrations
Deeply frustrated, the woman headed online to tell her story, asking readers for their perspective. “You did the right thing”, one reader defended. “Your parents created this monster and deceived you, forcing you to support him. They’re just using you as a cash cow.”
The Aunt Should Step Up
Most people agreed that it was not the woman’s responsibility to fix her parents’ mistakes. “If your Aunt is so passionate about their plight, she just hosted a destination wedding for her kids, so she can surely support her sister in her hour of need, right?”, another commenter suggested.
Buy Their Groceries
However, one commenter proposed a plan that would solve the situation whilst protecting the woman’s finances. “If your parents need groceries, they can place an order that you can pay for – this way the money goes exactly where you want it to”, they suggested. “I think it would be the right thing to do.”
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