A rich but heartless dad raised the ire of Redditors after he refused to pay for his adult daughter’s college tuition. At least he has his prestigious career to soothe himself at night. Here is the full story.
He’s Been Single for a Long Time
OP is a 54-year-old man who has been divorced from his ex-wife for 23 years.
It Was All Worth It
OP admits that he is a workaholic, and that that’s probably a big reason they split up.
But he’s happy with the “prestigious” career he has built.
He Saw Her on Weekends
OP and his ex had a daughter together, and the little girl went to live with her mother after the divorce.
OP got his daughter on the weekends, though.
He Gave Her Everything
And, of course, OP paid child support and also gave his daughter everything she could want or need.
She always had all the latest gadgets and clothes, and she took all sorts of fancy trips.
He Taught Her How to Work
But OP didn’t just spoil his daughter. He also did his best to teach her about work ethic and the importance of going to school and building a great career.
She Could Have Had It All
Luckily, OP’s daughter is smart and worked hard enough in high school that she could have gone to any college she wanted.
Mom Laid on the Guilt
OP had his sights set on an Ivy League school for his daughter, but her mother guilted the girl into staying in-state.
He Saved Some Dough
OP thought that was a mistake, but he was okay with saving some money since the school his daughter chose cost a lot less than the Ivy League schools.
She Started Strong
College started out well for OP’s daughter, who enrolled in 18 credit hours and made the dean’s list her first semester.
But She Flamed Out
But by the time a couple of years had passed, OP’s daughter was down to just 6 credit hours. She was also failing some of her classes.
She Was Taking Off
Finally, OP’s daughter came to him and told him she was leaving school.
She just wanted to make her own money and figure things out as she went.
They Stopped Talking
OP was furious to hear that his daughter was throwing everything away, and they got into a screaming match.
Then they stopped communicating altogether.
She Popped Up Out of Nowhere
A few years passed with no contact between OP and his daughter.
Recently, though, she reached out to give him an update.
She’s on Her Own
Now 25 years old, OP’s daughter has moved across the country and lives on her own.
She also has cut off all contact with her mother.
She Was Going Back to School
With the basics out of the way, OP’s daughter dropped her bombshell: she was finally ready to go back to school.
But She Wanted Him to Pay
And not only did OP’s daughter want to go back to college, she wanted OP to pay for it.
He Almost Laughed at Her
OP almost laughed when his daughter made her request.
He told her that ship had sailed and that there was no way he was going to pay for her college at this point.
He’s Done His Part
As far as OP is concerned, he has done his job as a parent, and his daughter is raised.
She Thinks He’s Wrong
But OP’s wife thinks he should pay for his daughter’s education, just like he always intended to do.
He’s Still on the Hook
Redditors agree with OP’s wife and say that he is still on the hook for taking care of his daughter.
He Bears Some of the Blame
While most think that adult children should be responsible for themselves, as OP says, they also point out that OP and his wife directly contributed to his daughter’s problems.
Time to Stop and Mend Some Fences
Many can’t believe that OP didn’t even bother to try and find out why his daughter had trouble at college in the first place.
Overall, commenters think it’s time for OP to step up and mend fences with his daughter.
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