A woman recently asked if she was wrong for denying her mother-in-law her parking space while she was visiting her and her partner. She pays for the space, her partner doesn’t, so she doesn’t think she should have to give it up. Here’s what she had to say:
She Paid For The Spot
The woman said, ‘My boyfriend rents this apartment, and I pay the fee for the parking space as he doesn’t have a car, but I do (I don’t live there).’
They Had Been Together Forever
The couple had been together for years, so the woman had gotten used to calling his mother her mother-in-law despite not being married. Her partner wasn’t very well off, so the women would always pay for things. She contributed to his bills and paid for her food there, so she never put him out.
His Mother Wouldn’t Pay For A Garage
One day, the woman’s mother-in-law was visiting and planned to stay at her son’s house. Since she was driving, the boyfriend asked the woman if his mother could use the parking spot she paid for. To his surprise, the woman said no.
She Didn’t Want To Use Public Transport
The woman paid for her space and would need it on the day that the mother was visiting. She felt the mother could easily pay €10 to park at the nearby garage, which was only a 5-minute walk away. At first, the woman didn’t think her refusal would be a problem, but her partner was outraged…
It Wasn’t Fair
Her partner asked if she could use public transport on the day that his mother was to arrive. But the woman felt this was unfair, as she would have to pay for the parking spot and public transport to accommodate his family member who was too lazy to walk. It wasn’t like his mother was elderly or disabled, and the costs added up! The pair argued back and forth.
It Was A Long Walk In The Cold
The woman said, ‘I had enough and parked my car somewhere on the other side of town and walked back the 25 minutes to his house (in the cold).’
She Gave In
She just wanted the whole thing to be over, but her boyfriend was still really upset, and nothing was resolved when his mother finally arrived. Luckily, they acted like nothing had happened, and her mother-in-law didn’t know about the argument. The woman had given in…
Was She In The Wrong?
The woman was annoyed at her boyfriend. He hadn’t offered to pay her back or ask his mum to reimburse her, so why should she have had to give in to his demands? She didn’t know if she was being overly- sensitive, so she asked the internet for advice.
And The Internet Provided
One person said, ‘Tell him to pay you back for the fee for the month if mommy needs the spot so bad.’
Others Chimed In
Another person commented, ‘He should either pay for her ticket or, if you are feeling generous, he should pay you for your ticket while his mom uses your spot.’
There Were Lots Of Opinions
Others said, ‘I would give up the spot and the boyfriend.’
A Final Thought
A last person commented, ‘You can be right and still be the bad guy.’
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