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Woman slammed for selling daughter concert tickets to buy son shoes


Commentators have slammed a woman after she sold her teenage daughter’s concert tickets so she could buy a new pair of shoes for her son who has cerebral palsy.

The anonymous teenager, known as u/Ticketsoldmcr1234, posted about the situation on Reddit’s popular ‘Am I The A**hole’ forum where he received nearly 16,500 upvotes and 1,800 comments since Saturday.

Although there are different types of cerebral palsy, the group of permanent disorders all affect the development of movement or posture. It is estimated that more than 17 million people worldwide have cerebral palsy, according to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

In 2015, Nike released a pair of Lebron Soldier 8 sneakers that provide ample ankle support after a young man with cerebral palsy, Matthew Walzer, wrote a viral letter to the shoe company.

In the letter, he said he is self-sufficient but still needed his parents to tie his shoes, which he said was embarrassing. After the letter went viral, Nike designer Tobie Hatfield designed several prototypes.

The shoes, which have been made in a number of existing silhouettes, have a zipper that opens the back of the shoe, allowing one’s foot to slip in more easily. They also don’t need to be tied down.

A woman has come under fire after her teenage daughter wrote on Reddit that she stole her concert tickets to buy special shoes for her younger brother. In response, the woman left her mother’s house.
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In the post titled “AITA for moving because my mom sold concert tickets to help my brother?” the 17-year-old said she bought her and her boyfriend tickets to an upcoming My Chemical Romance concert with her own money.

She said she had been listening to the band religiously since she was about 7 years old and that the concert was “really important” to her since the show had already been rescheduled twice.

She added that she wanted to see them live because “alternative band members don’t live that long, you can be dead before the next opportunity comes.”

The teenager said her brother Jack, 8, has cerebral palsy so he had to wear ankle and foot orthotics (AFO) splints. Since his splints are bulky, they require certain types of footwear.

She said the only type of shoes Jack likes are “pretty expensive” and their mum is “a little broke” as she just got back from vacation and also bought tickets to an Ed Sheeran concert.

“I assumed she would be selling her own tickets when she was talking about selling tickets,” the post read. “I was very wrong, she sold mine. For double the price I paid too.”

She added that the show was sold out and she didn’t know if she would ever get another chance to see them live.

“I packed up my shit last night and went to see my boyfriends, who are [sic] parents are more than ok with that,” the post read. “My mom thinks I’m beyond reason to leave, overreacting, making her look like a bad mother, etc., she even got my older sister to call me and berate me on the phone.”

She said that although she thought she made the right decision at first, she was starting to feel like “the asshole”.

More than 1,800 users commented on the post, with many criticizing the teenager’s mother for selling tickets that never belonged to her.

“NTA, did you ask your mother why she doesn’t sell her tickets?” one user commented, receiving over 20,000 upvotes. “I would ask him for money if you paid with your own money.”

“She’s a thief. Since you can’t trust her, you were right to move,” another user commented.

“She’s not a bad mother to look after the 8 year old, I agree, but I totally agree that her priorities are bad if she can afford a holiday but has to scalp the daughter’s tickets to pay for her other child,” another wrote.

One user suggested the teenager report the stolen tickets so she can receive new ones and the venue invalidates the original tickets.

“Then when the people who bought yours are arrested at the door, they will turn around and sue your mom. You can go to your concert and your mom will face the consequences of her actions,” the user wrote.

Newsweek contacted u/Ticketsoldmcr1234 for comment.

In another viral ‘Am I the asshole’ post, a father was slammed after returning his daughter’s birthday present in order to get money for ‘something useful’.

Another dad has been called “selfish” by users for taking a long work call on a family trip because he was upset they went to the beach without him.

A mother has also come under fire after asking for part of her child’s inheritance because she felt she didn’t get enough in the divorce settlement.


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