She Helped Her Cousin With Money But When She Used Her Cousin’s Hulu Account, She Was Called a Freeloader

A college student helped her cousin financially during a challenging period. After using the cousin’s Hulu account, she was accused of taking advantage and “freeloading,” which shocked her. Here is what she had to say.

She Was Financially Struggling Herself

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The woman explained, “I am currently at college. I live with roommates, and I don’t have a lot of money at the moment. I can afford necessities, but I need to count my pennies before buying any luxuries. I have a cousin, Jean, with whom I’m fairly close. I don’t have any siblings, and I think of her as the sister I never had.”

She Was Going Through a Difficult Time

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The previous year had been more financially stable for the woman, but she had recently been laid off from her job and faced unexpected expenses, which led her down a downward spiral.

So Was Her Cousin

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Around the same time, Jean found herself in a tough spot as well. Car troubles and eviction from her apartment forced her to move back in with her parents. Working a minimum wage job, Jean was facing a constant struggle to make ends meet.

She Wanted to Help

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Determined to help her cousin, she stepped in and paid the $300 mechanic’s bill for Jean’s car. In addition, she loaned her cousin $900 to assist with her expenses. Aware of the potential pitfalls of lending money to family, she didn’t worry too much about repayment. Jean managed to pay back $400 after five months but never fulfilled her promise to repay the remaining amount. Despite this, the woman didn’t hold any resentment, understanding that Jean truly needed financial support.

But Jean Didn’t Seem to Appreciate It

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However, a recent incident made her question her generosity. A couple of months ago, Jean had started a Hulu account and offered her the login details. It had been a convenient arrangement until she discovered that her access was suddenly revoked. She reached out to Jean, but her response was delayed. Anxious for answers, she called her cousin and was surprised when Jean’s boyfriend answered.

The Boyfriend Wanted Her to Contribute

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The woman explained what happened next, “He told me that they changed the password and explained that he doesn’t think it’s reasonable that I get to use their Hulu without paying for it. He said if I want to share the account again, I should contribute to cover the cost of upgrading the subscription to unlimited devices.”

She Was Taken Back

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The woman was surprised, considering she had loaned Joan a lot of money and wasn’t expecting her to pay it back, and told the boyfriend, “That’s fine, but no thanks; I’d rather not then; I’ll get my streaming fix elsewhere.”

She’d Been Curt on The Phone

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Later, Jean called the woman and accused her of being condescending and disrespectful towards her boyfriend. The woman said, “I apologized and told her I didn’t mean to come off that way, and I repeated our conversation to her.” Jean replied that she was sorry, but they couldn’t let her “freeload”.

They Argued

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She reminded Jean about the money she had loaned her, which remained largely unpaid. However, instead of understanding her perspective, Jean accused her of being petty and materialistic for keeping score and said that didn’t mean she should expect to benefit from the Hulu account.

Was She in The Wrong?

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With the situation escalating, her aunt and parents intervened, urging her to apologize and treat Jean as a good family member. Feeling conflicted, she questioned herself, wondering if her actions were truly petty.

The Internet Responded

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One person said, “It’s not ‘keeping score’ to remind her that she freaking owes you $500 (or that you gifted her $300). If you get a chance to talk to her boyfriend again, ask if he’s the one who will be setting up the repayment schedule. She should be paying you interest. This is ridiculous “freeloading” on her part. And until your aunt and parents make good on her debt for her, they have nothing to say on the matter.”

Another person agreed, “Jean has some nerve. Letting you use Hulu is the least she could do. This is her boyfriend, and I bet she didn’t tell him how much she owes you. They said pay or no Hulu, and you said fine, no Hulu. You did nothing wrong. These people are nuts.”

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