OP works at a sober living facility, where residents pay rent for a safe environment while they recover. The facility buys essential items like shampoo and other staples, but the residents mostly support themselves.
Not a Therapist
OP is not a therapist or social worker, but is happy to work in other capacities supporting people in need.
She Spends a Lot of Time With Them
Part of OP’s job is to supervise people convicted of DUIs and drive them to and from various appointments. The company provides a car and the gas for those trips.
He Wants to Give Back
OP’s brother lived in the same facility several years back, and he said it changed his life. He’s always wanted to give something back to the program to show his gratitude.
They Worked It Out
Now that he’s sober and back on his feet, OP’s brother works at a pizza parlor. His boss was his sponsor during his sobriety program. The two of them figured out a way to help the sober living facility.
It’s a Fun Time for Everyone
Once a month, OP sets up a movie night for the residents of the facility. And on those nights her brother always brings pizza and wings from the shop where he works.
He Feel Good About Helping
The residents love the free food, and it makes the night more festive for OP.
It also gives her brother the chance to pay back the facility that did so much for him when he needed it most.
She Was Trouble
Everything was great with movie night until a new resident recently moved into the facility where OP works.
She is a 34-year-old woman who hates pizza. And that’s where the problems started.
She Wants Choices
The new resident has demanded several times that OP provide alternate food choices for her.
Not everyone likes pizza, she says, so there needs to be more things to pick from.
She’s Not Budging
But OP refuses to honor that request, explaining that the meal is a free treat given out of the kindness of the brother’s heart.
OP also reminds the new resident that she can order something else for herself.
She Can Buy Her Own
After all, the residents of the sober living facility have jobs of their own, and they mostly pay their own way.
OP has been warned time and time again by the boss not to buy anything for their clients.
Not Crossing the Boss
There is no reason that the new resident can’t buy her own snacks. And there’s no way OP will disobey the boss to satisfy the bossy newcomer.
She Wants More From Him
Not only does the new resident refuse to pay for her own food, she thinks OP’s brother himself should provide more choices.
She’s kicking the gift horse right in the teeth!
It’s Not Fair
But recently, after repeatedly badgering OP about the pizza, the woman claimed that she feels excluded from the group since pizza is the only food choice on movie night.
She doesn’t think it’s fair and thinks no one wants her around.
She Has a Bad Attitude
OP reminded the woman yet again that the pizza offer is a donation from the brother and not subject to individual preferences.
Then OP added a zinger, telling the woman that some people probably really don’t want her around because she has a bad attitude.
Reddit commenters overwhelmingly support OP’s actions and think the new resident is way out of line.
They point out that the pizza is a free offering and think the woman should be grateful that someone’s looking out for the facility.
Many Redditors agree with OP that the woman should just go buy something else to eat if she doesn’t like what’s being offered.
Others also point out that OP has been told more than once by the boss to NOT buy anything for the residents. The boss could potentially fire an employee who breaks that rule.
So, what do you think of this story? Is OP justified in taking a hardline stance with the new resident?
Or should OP try and arrange some other food choices on movie night so that everyone feels included?
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