A fed-up sister raised the ire of Redditors when she revealed that she refused to forgive her brother for stealing her money. Turns out, time does not heal all wounds. Here is the full story.
They Aren’t Close
OP is a 33-year-old woman who has a 36-year-old brother. But even though they aren’t far apart in age, they’ve never been close.
They Just Never Clicked
There was never really any reason for the distance that OP can remember. They just never clicked like some of her friends did with their siblings.
Her Parents Weren’t Around
Part of it might have been their upbringing. OP’s dad was in prison until she was 17, which left her mom to work two jobs.
They Were on Their Own
So that left OP and her brother somewhat on their own, and they just never really hung out.
She Had Some Money
When OP was 16, she got her first job and started socking away as much money as she could.
Since she didn’t spend her dough on anything silly, her savings grew quickly.
He Started a Family
The same year, OP’s brother got one of his coworkers pregnant.
After the baby was born, the mother struggled with postpartum depression and was even hospitalized multiple times.
The Baby Needed Him
Concerned for the safety of his baby, OP’s young brother was able to get full custody of the child.
Another Mouth to Feed
With nowhere else to go, OP’s brother brought the baby home to live with OP and their mother.
No One Was Happy
The apartment they lived in was small, and no one was really comfortable.
And, while OP continued to make and save money, her brother struggled to keep up with the costs of raising a baby.
He Wanted More
Many times, OP’s brother would complain to her that he needed to find something better than his minimum-wage job so he could move out.
They Were Gone
Then, one morning when OP was 17, she woke up to find that her brother and the baby had vanished.
She Was Shocked
Over the next several days, the story about what had happened came out, and it was devastating to OP.
He Cleaned Her Out
Desperate to improve his situation, OP’s brother had stolen her debit card and gone to the bank.
There, he cleaned out her account and then returned home and put her card back in her wallet.
He Moved On
OP’s brother then used her money to move in with his new girlfriend, who wasn’t the baby’s mother.
She Wanted to Call the Cops
Suddenly, OP’s future was in jeopardy since all the money she had saved for college was gone.
She wanted to go to the police, but her mother told her she couldn’t.
But Mom Stuck up for Him
OP’s mom said that her brother really needed the money and that she should just let it drop.
She Never Forgave Him
So that’s pretty much what OP did, though she never forgave her brother.
She Built a Life
Eventually, OP’s dad got out of prison and ended up helping her pay for college.
She was able to build a life for herself and put the past behind her.
She Left Him Behind
But OP never tried to speak to her brother again, and he never contacted her, either.
It Was a Setup
Recently, though, OP’s mom invited her to dinner at a local restaurant. When OP showed up, her brother was there, too.
He Wanted Her to Move On
OP’s mom and brother wanted her to let go of the past and move on as if nothing had happened.
Her brother said she wouldn’t ruin the family over a little bit of money, especially since it all went down so long ago.
She Can’t Trust Him
But OP stood her ground and said she wanted nothing to do with her brother.
She can’t trust him and doesn’t want him in her life.
They All Turned on Her
Now, the rest of OP’s family is bombarding her with messages and calls telling her how wrong she is.
It has her second-guessing her decision, but she still thinks she’s right.
Redditors mostly think OP is right, too. Most of them think she should steer clear of her brother, no matter how long ago it was that he stole the money.
Some of them point out that the brother was extremely lucky OP didn’t go to the police since the amount of money he took amounted to felony theft.
They think the entire family would be wise to let OP keep her distance from her brother.
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