The internet has backed a teenage girl demanding she use her brother’s property if necessary.
In a viral Reddit story posted on the AmITheA**hole forum, a teenage girl with the username u/throwawayparents2 shared her story on the “AITA” forum to let the community decide if she was wrong. The post has over 9,000 upvotes and 1,000 comments.
She, 15, says her parents buy her brother, 16, expensive things, including a “computer, tablet [and] violin”, and other things for school. However, when she asks for the same things, her parents have excuses like they can’t afford two of the same thing and she has to wait until she’s the same age as her brother—and they never stick to their word.
“Last night I had to do a school project, but because I didn’t have a computer, I couldn’t. I usually borrow someone’s laptop (a family member like a cousin) for these things, but this time everyone needed theirs,” she wrote.
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“I was so angry and frustrated that I started yelling at them saying that if they don’t let me share his stuff, I’m going to smash his computer (I won’t (probably))”, she continued.
Her parents called her “irrational” and told her that her brother didn’t have to share if he didn’t want to. She thinks her parents are wrong to only buy expensive things for her brother and not buy one thing to share between them.
The Reddit community was quick to defend the original poster (OP) in the comments section.
“[Not the A**hole], your parents should teach your brother to share and buy a laptop for school, because it is an important thing. Threaten to break it, but you’ll get the opposite,” u/Germanpantoffel wrote, receiving 14,000 upvotes.
The OP responded to the viral comment, “I’m not really going to break it, I was just really angry (and tired of begging people to let me borrow their laptops)”
U/kairi14 responded with some potentially helpful advice: “Talk to a school counselor about favoritism and your parents’ refusal to buy you what you need for homework. A meeting with the school to find out why they are not looking after you properly should If they plead poverty, the school can at least have a loaner laptop you can use. But they need a serious wake up call and you need adults on your side.
“[Not the A**hole] – if they really don’t buy you the equivalent items when you reach the relevant age, what do they expect from you? You have to use a computer to do your school work…if they can only afford one, you sharing only makes sense,” u/beeeeebee exclaimed.
“[Not the A**hole]… I feel like the “when you’re older” is usually fine, but you’re literally a year away. Your educational needs are basically the same as your brothers’,” u/TARDISMischief said.
Newsweek contacted u/throwawayparents2 for comment.