Relationships can be challenging. It can be difficult to balance our own needs with the needs of others. That’s why this guy took to Reddit, he wanted to know if he was wrong for walking out of his wife’s birthday dinner. Here’s the full story.
A Happy Couple
The original poster (OP) has been married for a long time. He has a great relationship with his wife.
The Birthday Party
The story begins with OP’s wife’s birthday a few days ago.
He Took Her for a Romantic Day Out
On her birthday, OP took her out for a romantic lunch date and a full day of hiking, which is one of her favorite activities.
Her Parents Wanted to Have Dinner
Her parents wanted to take her out to dinner on the weekend, anywhere she wanted to go.
She asked her husband for his opinion on where they should go. OP simply replied, “Literally anywhere except shoguns is fine.”
He Doesn’t Like the Restaurant
OP had his reasons for not liking the restaurant. He didn’t like the flavors of the food they served, and every time they had gone there, he had not enjoyed his meal.
He felt that spending $30 on something he wouldn’t eat was not worth it.
Her Dad Loved the Restaurant
However, her dad loved the place, so they had been there often.
The Day Came
The weekend arrived and her parents came over to OP’s house. The day went well, and they had a nice time together.
Things Took a Turn
The time came to decide where they would go for dinner, and everyone agreed on Shoguns.
OP thought to himself, “Okay, no big deal, I’ll just get a kid’s meal or something like chicken strips and fries.”
He Said He Won’t Eat Much
He reminded his wife on the way to the restaurant that he did not plan on eating anything off the menu, but he would be more than happy to sit with everyone, enjoy their company, and order the chicken strips.
She was happy, and OP was happy, so all seemed to be well.
Things Became Worse
That is until they got to the restaurant. It turns out that the kids’ meals were only for children aged 10 and under, and the husband was obviously way over that age limit.
OP thought, “No big deal, I’ll just relax and enjoy the company, and then I’ll grab some food when we leave.”
However, according to Shoguns’ policy, they would have to pay per person, whether or not that person was eating.
They wanted OP to pay $10 to watch other people eat when the kids’ meal would have only cost $7.
His Wife Became Angry
OP’s wife was becoming furious about OP not paying the $10 charge to simply sit there, so OP told her he was not paying $10 to watch everyone else have dinner.
So, OP asked again if he could just order the kid’s meal, but they refused.
He Walked Out
He walked out of the restaurant and sat outside in the car, feeling guilty.
OP’s wife was furious with him, and OP says he is sure the wife’s parents are not happy too, as he’s sitting outside in the car.
He Felt Guilty
OP was now left wondering if he was in the wrong for walking out of the restaurant during his wife’s birthday dinner with her family.
He asked Reddit and thousands of comments poured in expressing their views.
Many Reddit users sided with OP and said that OP’s wife asked him his opinion and he told her literally anywhere but shoguns, so why she chose it is anyone’s guess, but it was a thoughtless thing to do, birthday or not. And she shouldn’t be mad at OP.
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