Members of a popular internet forum backed a young mother after she explained her decision to evict her older sister.
In a viral Reddit post posted to r/AmITheA**hole, 22-year-old Reddit user u/SisterOut2928 (also known as the original post or OP) said her sister had been living with her and their 3-month-old son . her daughter since she lost her job, but she detailed the events that led to her kicking the 27-year-old out of her home.
Entitled, “[Am I the a**hole] for kicking out my sister when she spent MY money on [an] online game?”, the post received almost 5,300 votes and 700 comments in the last day.
Writing that his sister moved away after their previous employer was liquidated, the original poster said that the two brothers lived in harmony, but explained how his sister’s gambling problem created a huge rift between the two.
“My sister was a recovered gambling addict,” OP explained. “All her bank cards have game blocks, because her addiction was very serious.”
“It doesn’t even have to be real money you’re making, just spinning sh*t gives you that happy chemist,” OP continued. “All that results is losing money.”
Recently, the original poster said that her sister had been gambling online using her tablet, which was linked to her Google Pay account. Continuing to explain that she had no idea her sister was using her money to gamble, the original poster said that she was alerted to the situation after trying to buy supplies for her young daughter.
“Just yesterday my sister managed to blow my entire paycheck,” OP wrote. “I didn’t realize until this morning when I went to do my shopping but my card declined. I checked my banking app and emails and she had managed to spend it all.”
“This meant I couldn’t buy groceries for the next two weeks, and while I can get by on what I have, the baby can’t,” OP continued. “As soon as I got home, I kicked [my sister] outside. I didn’t give her a reason, nor did I let her know that she knew she spent it all, I just kicked her out.”
Gambling is undoubtedly one of mankind’s favorite pastimes. From the year 2300 a. C., people have been gambling on a myriad of games and activities for millennia, and the internet has only added fuel to that fire.
Today in the United States, gambling is legal in 48 of the 50 states. However, online gambling is only legal in Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, according to Betting USA.
While sports betting and online sports betting has remained a hotly debated topic of conversation for the past decade, the onset of COVID-19 saw a major increase in all types of betting.
Last May, Science Daily reported that regular gamers were six times more likely to gamble online during the global pandemic. This means that since the beginning of 2020, when much of the world’s population was forced into it, online gambling has become an almost constant presence in the lives of people who were already prone to gambling addiction. match.
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) reports that 85 percent of adults in the United States have gambled at least once in their lifetime, and that 60 percent of adults have gambled in the past two years.
Of these large portions of the US population, an estimated two million people are addicted to gambling and for as many as 20 million, gambling “severely interferes with work and social life,” according to the Addiction Center.
Although gambling addiction is a major problem inhibiting the well-being of millions of Americans, many commenters who responded to the viral Reddit post argued that stealing from a brother to gamble is unacceptable and assured the original author that he was justified in evicting his brother. older sister.
“She knew what she was doing, she knew it wasn’t her money she was spending and she stole from you,” Redditor u/Agitated_Crab1 wrote in the top comment of the post, which received more than 10,000 upvotes. “Addiction is a disease, but that does not protect the person from the consequences of her actions.”
“She’s not a kid who doesn’t understand how money works,” Redditor u/UnamazingHero added. “She’s a fully grown adult with no excuses to spend someone else’s money.”
Reddit user u/ShoulderStandard9492, whose comment received more than 2,000 upvotes, offered a similar response, noting that the original poster’s sister had not only stolen from her, but her 3-month-old son as well.
“This is money YOU earned for YOUR child,” they wrote. “The fact that she did it knowing full well that you have a child to feed makes her the greatest [a**hole] ever.”
“He put his son at risk of, if not starvation, then at least malnutrition,” chimed in Redditor u/ErisianImpulse. “[Not the a**hole] And don’t buy from anyone who tries to make you feel guilty for making an addict face the consequences of their actions.”
“That’s enabling and doesn’t help anyone,” they added.