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When a woman stumbled upon the opportunity to join her husband on a vacation, her excitement knew no bounds. Entrusting her children to her mother’s care, she eagerly anticipated quality time with her spouse. Little did she know, a shocking revelation was lurking on the horizon, which shattered her joy and led her to reconsider her decision.
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In August 2022, an anonymous woman turned to Reddit’s “AITA” forum to share her story. She and her husband, both in their 30s, hadn’t ventured abroad for a vacation in quite some time.
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Her husband had a tradition of going on an annual trip with his best friend to attend sporting events. But this year was different. He extended an invitation for her to join them as they were exploring a new destination. Since she was a stay-at-home mom with no income, her husband covered all her expenses, including the ticket, while their children stayed with her mother.
However, trouble arose when the original poster discovered that her husband had booked first-class tickets for himself and his friend while she was assigned to economy class.
When her husband returned home three hours later, he was visibly frustrated by the situation.
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She couldn’t hold back her feelings and decided to confront him. Initially, he refused to discuss the matter, but as the argument escalated, he lashed out, exclaiming, “I paid for your ticket… Isn’t that enough?” He went on to suggest that even economy class was perfectly suitable for her since she technically didn’t have a job. Despite the hurtful words, OP decided not to go on the trip.
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Later, the woman’s husband had a change of heart and pleaded with her to reconsider, but she declined. Instead, she picked up their children from her mother’s house. When her husband returned home three hours later, he was visibly frustrated by the situation.
To make matters worse, her husband’s friend sent her a text message, labeling her as entitled and claiming that her refusal to go proved why he had been against her joining the trip in the first place. She blocked the friend due to his increasingly disrespectful behavior over the past few months.
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To justify his actions, her husband argued that she often complained about feeling left out, and this was his way of including her. Resultantly, OP turned to the Reddit community for help, asking, “Am I the [expletive] for not accepting economy class? By the way, [my husband] is perfectly capable of financing the trip.”
The woman’s story gained significant traction on Reddit, with overwhelming support from the community. Several comments poured in, echoing her sentiment and offering their perspectives on the situation, labeling her “NTA.”
One user stated that if the woman was a stay-at-home mom, all the money her husband earned should be considered shared funds, emphasizing that there was no distinction between his money and hers. They suggested that the level of disrespect shown was astounding and even advised her to consider divorce, mentioning potential financial entitlements.
Another commenter expressed suspicion about the husband’s best friend, questioning their role in the situation. Several users pointed out that as a stay-at-home mom, the woman’s contributions to the household were just as valuable as her husband’s income. They highlighted that she had every right to an equal share of their finances.
One individual stressed that being a stay-at-home mom didn’t make her a second-class citizen, and her husband’s behavior was characterized as financial abuse.
One commenter empathized with the woman’s situation, sharing their experience of having a stay-at-home spouse and emphasizing the importance of treating them as equal partners. They condemned the husband’s actions and labeled him as nasty and cruel.
Another user took a detailed approach, highlighting the woman’s numerous responsibilities as a stay-at-home mom, such as childcare, housekeeping, bill paying, and more. They argued that her husband’s success was in part due to her contributions, making it imperative that she shared in the benefits.
Lastly, a compassionate comment encouraged the woman not to accept her husband’s dismissive attitude. They described her husband and his best friend as a married couple while she was treated as the maid and nanny. The commenter urged her to reflect on her self-worth and marriage, questioning whether she truly wanted to remain in a relationship where she wasn’t a priority.
What would you do if you were in OP’s place? Would you decline to go on the trip or opt for another alternative? Click here to read another story where a mother of five divorced her husband after he refused to help clean their home while she worked long hours.
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