Living with parents as a young adult can sometimes lead to clashes and differing expectations. In one such scenario, a person asked Reddit whether he was in the wrong for refusing to mow the lawn without being paid. Here’s the full story.
He Is Staying at Home for the College Holidays
The Original Poster (OP) is a 20-year-old who resides with his parents when he’s not away at college.
His Parents Wanted Him to Do House Chores
His parents told him that they anticipate his help around the house while he’s home for the summer.
The tasks included dishwasher duties, shared bathroom cleaning, and occasional vacuuming, which OP accepted without hesitation.
OP occasionally dusts, empties the dishwasher a few times per week, and divides cleaning duties for the bathroom with his 16-year-old sister.
An Unexpected Chore
However, his father then informed him that he was also expected to mow the lawn once a week during OP’s three-month stay.
He Won’t Be Paid to Mow
OP said he’d normally be okay with this, but after asking about it, OP learned a few things, including the fact that he wouldn’t be paid for weekly lawn mowing.
His Sister Gets Paid
OP mentioned that his parents pay his sister to mow the rest of the year.
OP’s parents claimed that OP can be helpful by doing them this favor because he doesn’t have much else to do around the house.
He Got Upset
Usually, he wouldn’t argue with them, but in this situation, OP was upset and asked that they pay him for a number of reasons.
He Revealed the Reasons
Firstly, OP revealed that he has a severe grass allergy, causing significant discomfort such as itchy eyes, a stuffy nose, and hives. In contrast, his father and sister have milder allergies or no allergies at all.
OP mentioned that it’s so awful that OP has to wear long sleeves, slacks, and a medical mask if he doesn’t want to spend the next few days covered in hives and extreme itch.
Plus, OP and his entire family have full-time jobs.
He Doesn’t Have the Time
OP’s dad works in an office, his mom is a part-time nurse, his sister is a lifeguard and OP works with children and campers at the YMCA.
So OP told them he doesn’t exactly have a day at home to be free.
Finally, since his sister is paid for mowing during the academic year and would be paid to do it during the summer, OP mentioned he should be compensated as well.
His Parents Said Life Isn’t Always Fair
But, his parents said that since OP was living under their roof OP should just accept it, say “yes ma’am” and “yes sir,” and follow their instructions.
After all, it’s how the real world operates and life isn’t always fair.
He Was Furious
OP got angry and informed them that he wouldn’t mow unless they paid him, and locked himself in his room.
He Pays for His Own Food
OP went on to say that he pays for his own breakfast, snacks, and medicines. He only eats dinner with others as it’s a family event.
Readers Weigh In
So OP asked Reddit whether he was wrong for asking his parents to pay, they were split in their views. Several Redditors supported OP and said that as he has a significant allergic reaction, and the parents pay his sister, they should pay OP.
A Redditor pointed out that his parents are right and “sometimes life isn’t fair. If you don’t like it, move out.”
So what do you think? What would you have done if you were in OP’s situation?
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