A young woman sparked outrage on Reddit after she refused to help her parents when they fell on tough times. Was she being mean, or was it just karma? Here is the full story so you can decide for yourself.
They All Disowned Her
OP is a 29-year-old woman who came out to her family as a lesbian when she was 18. Nearly every one of them disowned her on the spot.
They Tossed Her Out
She lived with her parents at the time, and they were the worst of all. They gave OP five minutes to get her stuff and get out of their house.
She Wasn’t Ready
OP was devastated, of course, and not ready to live on her own. When she told her parents that, they said that she had “chosen” her lifestyle, and these were the consequences.
She Made Her “Choice”
In particular, OP’s dad told her that she made her bed and now she had to lie in it.
She Turned Out Fine
Despite such a rough start to adulthood, though, OP has done more than okay for herself.
She Did It on Her Own
She made it through college on her own thanks to scholarships and some small loans. And now, OP and her wonderful wife have their own 2-year-old daughter.
She Has a Great Life
They both have good jobs, too, and bought a house together. Overall, OP loves her life and wouldn’t change anything.
They Tracked Her Down
Not surprisingly, OP hasn’t had much contact with her biological family since the day they booted her. But somehow, her parents were able to get a hold of her recently.
They Were Struggling
Her mom made the first contact, telling OP that they had run into financial problems and had to sell their house. They had moved from apartment to apartment but were still struggling.
She Wanted Her Help
Now, OP’s mom wanted her to help them out, since they had fallen on hard times.
Dad Made Contact
OP ignored the message, but she got a call from her dad a few days later. Like her mom, he told her all about the problems they were facing.
She Wished Them Well
OP told him that the situation sucked for them, and that she hoped they were able to figure it out.
He Wanted Her to Help
Then OP’s dad asked her straight-up for help, but she refused.
When he asked her why, she said that maybe if they hadn’t turned their backs on her when she was 18, she’d be willing to help them out now.
He Said She Owed Them
That really upset OP’s dad, and he said she should support them now the way they supported her growing up.
She Kept It Together
OP couldn’t believe her father’s nerve, but she managed to maintain her composure.
She Turned His Words on Him
Instead of yelling at him, OP told her dad that he had made his bed and now he had to lie in it. Then she hung up.
He Got the Point
OP is pretty sure that she hit a nerve because her dad called later and left her a message, telling her she was being cruel just to prove a point.
She Gave Them Some Ideas
OP never called him back, but she did send her mom an email listing various soup kitchens and homeless shelters that might be able to help out.
She Blocked Them
Then OP blocked her parents’ numbers on her phone and may consider changing her number if she has to.
She Did the Right Thing
Redditors almost unanimously applaud OP for standing up to her parents. They think she’s a hero for turning their hypocrisy on them.
And, of course, nearly all of them say that OP doesn’t owe her parents anything, regardless of the fact that they raised her.
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