A fed-up young woman sparked outrage on Reddit when she revealed that she called her niece a spoiled brat. There were some choice words involved, and it was the last straw over a mound of tension that had been building for a while. Here is the full story.
She Needed a Place to Crash
OP is a 22-year-old woman who has her own place and works from home. Recently, her 28-year-old sister moved in because she’s getting a divorce.
They’re All Over Each Other
The sister has a 7-year-old daughter, and she moved in with OP, too. The two-bedroom apartment is cramped, and the three girls are always getting in each other’s way.
She’s Out of Control
OP wouldn’t really mind the space issue, but her niece is pretty rotten. She screams all day long and runs all over the place doing whatever she wants.
She’s Pretty Out of It
OP’s sister is depressed about her divorce and won’t get out of bed some days. And, when OP tries to get her to discipline her daughter, it’s like she barely even notices what’s going on around her.
She Won’t Be Stopped
OP has tried several times to quieten down her niece herself. But the girl just smirks at her and continues on with whatever terror she’s causing at that moment.
Forbidden Internet Fruit
It’s not just the screaming, either. Not long ago, the niece decided to play games on OP’s laptop when she wasn’t home, even though she had been told not to.
She Ruined It
Not surprisingly, the girl spilled milk on the laptop and ruined it. OP was furious, but her sister paid for a new computer, so they were able to keep the peace.
She Broke In
More recently, though, OP came home to find her niece playing with her Nintendo Switch.
OP kept the gaming system in her room and had been very clear with the little girl that she was not allowed to go in there or to play with the Switch.
She Took Matters Into Her Own Hands
OP demanded her niece give the gaming system back to her, but the girl ignored her. And, when OP’s sister refused to help, OP grabbed the controller right out of her niece’s hands.
She Screamed in Rage
OP went back to her room while her niece rolled around on the floor screaming in rage.
She Left Her Mark
When OP came back some time later, she found that the girl had drawn all over her living room walls with a Sharpie.
She Finally Snapped
That’s when OP snapped and started yelling right back at the little girl. She told her she was a spoiled brat, dropping in an F-bomb or two for emphasis.
It Was a Three-Way Fight
When the niece started screaming even louder, OP’s sister finally woke up and stormed into the room. Then she started yelling at OP for calling her kid a brat.
She Was Done With Them
That was enough for OP, and she finally drew a line in the sand.
She Was Losing Money
OP told her sister that she had been beyond nice and patient by letting them stay there, but her niece had gone too far. The girl was causing her trouble with her work and now probably cost her the security deposit on her apartment.
They Had to Go
OP finished by telling her sister she needed to get her life together and make her daughter behave, or they could find a new place to live.
They Tucked Their Tails and Ran
That sent OP’s sister into tears, and she and her daughter disappeared into their room, not to be seen again for hours.
She Can’t Take It Any More
Now, OP feels bad for flying off the handle and making her sister feel even worse than she already did. But she can’t live like this any more and needs her sister to step up and take care of her niece.
The Benefits of Counselling
Redditors overwhelmingly support OP’s position. Most think she should boot her sister and niece right away.
Others suggest that all of them might benefit from some counseling, though many still think OP should evict her tenants first. Some commenters half jokingly point out that at least the apartment is quiet when OP’s sister and niece are locked in their room.
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