A young man stirred up Redditors when he told his stepfather that all the food in the house was his. He had facts to back him up, too. Here is the full story.
He Bounced Around
OP is a 20-year-old man who is living with his mom and stepdad.
For much of his life, he lived with his dad, who is now working out of the country.
It’s a Full House
Also living in the house are OP’s 6-year-old half brother and the stepdad’s two daughters from a previous marriage, ages 12 and 14.
They Don’t Work Much
OP’s stepdad recently lost his job and has been doing odd work here and there while he looks for a new full time gig.
OP’s mom doesn’t work much, either.
Things Are Tight
Overall, it’s been a tight few months with OP’s stepdad out of work.
He Takes Care of Himself
But none of that affects OP too much since he’s been working and buying his own stuff since he was 16.
He even started paying rent when he was 18.
He Is Doing Fine
Now, OP is a full-time college student, but he still works.
So, even though his mom and stepdad are struggling, OP buys his own food and is doing fine.
What’s His Was His
For most of the time OP has been living with his mom and stepdad, he had no problems with them.
They understood that he bought his food and that it was off limits to them.
He Liked to Share
OP would even let the kids eat some of his snacks since they didn’t get a lot of treats from their parents.
He Pitched In
But over time as their finances got worse, OP’s mom would ask him to pick up this or that when he went shopping.
He didn’t mind too much and did what she asked.
He Did More and More
Eventually, OP was buying all the groceries for the whole family, plus driving the kids around – not to mention paying rent!
He Didn’t Mind Too Much
It was a little annoying because his mom and stepdad are big eaters, but OP went along to help out and keep the peace.
It Suddenly Got Tense
Recently, though, the situation escalated during a family dinner, and OP is struggling to decide how to move forward.
He Wanted a Treat
That week, OP had bought some watermelon at the store but hadn’t had a chance to eat it.
As dinner was winding down, he went to get himself a slice.
He’d Take What He Could Get
OP was sort of surprised to see that there was just a little bit of watermelon left, but it was better than nothing.
She Wanted His Goodies
As he settled back in at the table to eat the watermelon, OP’s stepsister said she wanted it.
He told her there was other fruit she could have instead.
He Wouldn’t Budge
The stepsister was insistent that she wanted the watermelon, but OP pointed out she’d already eaten more than her share during the week.
He was going to eat the watermelon.
He Spoke With Authority
That’s when OP’s stepdad stepped in.
He told OP that the kids could eat what they wanted and that OP would have to eat something else.
It Was a Command
OP repeated that the kids had been eating the watermelon all week but he hadn’t had any of it.
To that, the stepdad told him to “put it back, son.”
He’d Eat Whatever He Wanted
That set off OP, and he told his stepdad he’d eat whatever he wanted since he paid for all the food in the house.
Mom Was Sorry
OP stood up and took the watermelon to his room to eat. Later, his mom came to apologize for her husband.
He Was Abusing Them
But mom also told OP he was being rude and accused him of abusing the family financially.
He Had Every Right
Redditors overwhelmingly support OP and think that he had every right to insist on eating the watermelon himself.
Many of them say that the mom is projecting when she accuses her son of abuse. Some commenters advise OP to get as far away from the family as possible.
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