A young woman whipped Redditors into a frenzy after she hid her salary increase from her parents. Turns out her folks were working on commission! Here is the full story.
It’s a Full House
OP is a 22-year-old woman who lives with her 50-year-old mother and 52-year-old father.
Her two brothers, ages 18 and 19, also live in the house.
They Charged Her Rent
When she turned 18, OP got her first job, and her parents started taking half her salary as rent.
It’s a Double Standard
OP thought her parents would treat her brothers the same way when they turned 18, but they haven’t.
The boys still live rent free.
They Were Too Poor to Pay
When OP asked her parents about the double standard, they said that the brothers didn’t make enough money to pay rent.
They Needed Her Money
So OP asked if she could have her rent reduced so she could save some money, but her parents said no.
They needed every penny just to get by.
She Feels Stuck
OP would love to move out of her parents’ house so she could stop paying rent to them, but she has some health issues.
Her parents have adapted their place for her, so it’s tough to leave.
She Hit It Big
A few months ago, OP landed a promotion at work. Besides a new title, her salary also doubled.
She Hid Her Success
But because she knew her parents would demand more money from her if they knew about the raise, she didn’t tell them.
Mom Tracked Her Down
Recently, OP’s mom was trying to reach her during the day. When she couldn’t get an answer on the young woman’s cell phone, mom called OP’s workplace.
It Was a Revealing Conversation
The receptionist who answered the phone talked with OP’s mom for a while.
And then, as they were saying goodbye, the woman mentioned that she’d pass on the message to the manager.
They Knew Something Was Up
That raised red flags for OP’s parents since they knew her to be a regular employee, not a manager.
They Grilled Her About Her Job
When OP got home that night, her parents confronted her and asked her if she was making more money now.
They Backed Her Into a Corner
OP tried to deny her promotion and raise, but her parents kept pushing.
Finally, OP had no choice but to tell them the truth.
They Wanted Double
When they found out about her raise, OP’s parents demanded that she start paying double rent to account for the extra money she was making.
She Was Saving Up
OP refused and said that the money was hers. She was trying to save up for her own place and had plans for the future.
They Gave Her a Choice
That made OP’s parents furious, and they told her to either pay up or leave.
She Left Them High and Dry
So OP walked out the door and went to stay with a friend.
OP has been at her friend’s place a couple of weeks and is paying to stay there.
They’re Begging for Her Money
Now, OP’s parents are blowing up her phone, begging her for money.
They also want her to come back, but only if she pays double what she was paying before.
OP has no plans to move back home and is trying to figure out what to do next.
It’s Totally Unfair
Redditors think OP did the right thing leaving her parents behind, and many of them wonder what took so long.
Several commenters pointed out that it’s totally unfair for OP’s parents to try and take her money from her.
Some think it’s ironic that OP has doubled her salary in the 4 years she’s been working but her parents still can’t figure out how to improve their finances.
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