A young couple, both 20 years old, typically shared most things in their lives, including clothes. However, a recent issue had arisen between them regarding clothing choices and responsibilities.
The young woman, who preferred oversized t-shirts, often opted for men’s medium-sized options. She was happy for him to wear them as they also fit him perfectly.
Lately, the woman’s boyfriend had taken up paintball as a hobby. He began using her oversized t-shirts as outdoor wear for his paintball sessions.
“It’ll Wash Out”
The woman expressed her concerns about this considering the nature of paintballing. However, the boyfriend insisted it would be fine, stating that “it’ll wash out eventually”.
Leaving It Too Long
The woman admitted that the paint usually did wash out from her t-shirts. However, the boyfriend began pushing his luck: “He’ll go get clothes covered in paint and wait 2-3 weeks to wash it”, she explained.
The Black Cargo Pants Incident
The boyfriend’s luck ran out when he decided to wear his girlfriend’s black cargo pants, a particular favorite of hers due to the way they fit. This decision caused frustration and annoyance for her. “I told him I didn’t want him wearing my clothes anymore”, she wrote.
The Argument And Clothing Ownership
A heated argument ensued between the couple. The woman emphasized her annoyance at her boyfriend’s carelessness with items she had purchased.
However, the argument took a sharp turn when the woman suggested her boyfriend buy his own clothes. This comment touched a nerve, as her boyfriend didn’t currently have a job.
Money Vs. Clothing Damage
The woman realized that she had impulsively brought her boyfriend’s lack of income into the argument. However, she clarified that her frustration stemmed from her boyfriend’s seeming disregard for clothes he didn’t purchase, rather than any financial concerns.
Reflecting On Her Words
However, her comment about her boyfriend’s lack of money had deeply upset the man. Whilst she believed that she was justified in her anger at his inconsiderate use of her clothing, she realized she had crossed a line and regretted bringing money into the conversation.
Telling Her Story
The woman headed online with her conundrum, asking an online forum whether she had taken things too far. However, most people took the woman’s side, but not without their suggestions to reassess the relationship. “He doesn’t have a job and still can’t wash your clothes after using them for paintball?”, someone questioned. “Please take a harder look at this relationship”.
Other people suggested that the boyfriend should be reassessing his financial priorities. “He can’t afford clothes of his own for this activity, yet he can afford to play paintball?!”, one person asked with disgust.
A Disrespectful Boyfriend
Just about everyone agreed that the boyfriend was acting completely out of line. “There’s obviously nothing inherently wrong with sharing clothes, but the dude is using your stuff like rags and not even washing them regularly”, another commenter pointed out. “That’s nothing short of wasteful and disrespectful.”
Treat Yourself With Respect
Despite the commenters overwhelmingly siding with the woman, some suggested that she needed to step up and stop being so passive about this problem. “You need to treat people like they teach you to treat them”, a reader reminded her. “Right now, your BF is telling you that he doesn’t care about what you want, so you need to treat him the same.”
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