A concerned dad drummed up support on Reddit after he bought his daughter a locked storage bin to keep her snacks safe. The rest of the family just couldn’t keep their hands off her food! Here is the full story.
She’s a Foodie With a Specialty
OP is a 53-year-old man who is married and has a 17-year-old daughter.
The girl has an interest in exploring other cultures, with a particular focus on foreign foods.
It’s a Learning Experience
One of the daughter’s favorite things to do is research snack foods from other countries and then order them online.
OP says she loves to study the packages to learn new words and expand her vocabulary.
She Has a Routine
Once she gets a delivery, OP’s daughter will spend some time nibbling on the snacks and enjoying the packaging.
Then she’ll put what’s left in the family pantry.
They Eat Everything
The problem is that OP’s wife has her sister’s family over to their house a lot.
And when they’re there, the nephews always raid the pantry for whatever they can find.
They Can’t Resist
Not surprisingly, the goodies that OP’s daughter orders are like magnets for the boys.
Not only are they snack foods, but their unusual packaging really catches the attention.
She Tried to Be Nice
OP’s daughter has asked her cousins several times not to eat her special treats, but they completely ignored her.
Mom Won’t Help
And OP’s wife wouldn’t step in to stop the boys from raiding her daughter’s food.
She said they’re fair game since the girl keeps them in the pantry.
They Barged Right In
Fed up with losing her treats all the time, OP’s daughter moved all of them into her room.
But even then, her cousins would go in when she wasn’t around and eat her food.
Dad to the Rescue
OP finally got tired of watching his daughter spend her own money for special treats only to have his wife’s family steal them. So he took matters into his own hands.
He Had a Plan
OP went to a local hardware store and bought a big storage bin with locks. Then he bought extra locks and attached them to the bin.
She Was Overjoyed
When OP presented the bin to his daughter, she was so happy she started crying.
She couldn’t have afforded to buy it on her own, and now she had a way to protect her special goodies.
Well, the next time OP’s wife had her sister and her family over, the nephews tried again to get to his daughter’s snacks.
It didn’t take them long to realize that they had finally been locked out of the goodies.
They All Tattled on Him
The boys ran to their mother to complain, and she of course told OP’s wife what happened.
Mom Thinks She’ll Get Fat
Now, OP’s wife is mad at him for encouraging his daughter to hoard food instead of sharing.
She also said the girl is going to get fat from eating all that junk food herself.
He Thinks She’ll Burn It Off
But OP says their daughter is very fit and participates in a number of sports.
She is in no danger of getting fat at this stage of her life.
Mom Is Way off Base
And all that is beside the point, anyway, OP says.
What really matters is that his daughter’s privacy and property were being violated, and he put a stop to it.
She Put Her Foot Down
But OP’s wife said he should have consulted her first about buying the bin, and she wants it gone.
But He’s Not Budging
Despite his wife’s protest, OP has no intention of taking the storage bin away from his daughter.
He Should Hold His Ground
Redditors overwhelmingly support OP and his daughter. Many of them think his wife is super controlling, of both him and the girl. Others think OP’s wife should buy the same snacks for her nephew if she really wants them to have them that bad.
And a few even suggest OP should put a deadbolt on his daughter’s bedroom door so that the nephews will no longer be able to go in there uninvited.
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