A woman sparked outrage on Reddit after she refused to pay for her mother’s surgery. Seems she just didn’t have the heart to help out. Here is the full story.
They Aren’t Close
OP is a 35-year-old woman who hasn’t been close to her mom since she was about 5 years old.
She Moved on Quickly
That was the year OP’s dad died, and it didn’t take too long before her mother found a new husband.
He Only Liked Boys
OP’s stepfather didn’t want much to do with her because he wasn’t interested in raising a daughter. He had 2 teenage boys of his own at the time and was happy to have OP’s brother join the family.
She Gave Her Up
Instead of fighting for her daughter, OP’s mom shipped her off to live with her aunt!
She Never Even Called
Through the rest of her childhood and until she went off to college, OP’s mother visited her about once a month. She hardly ever called on holidays.
She Was Like Their Daughter
OP is grateful for the upbringing her aunt and uncle provided her. They couldn’t have kids of their own and treated her like a daughter.
She Wanted More
Even so, OP decided she was going to build the kind of life for herself that she didn’t have as a girl.
She Built a Great Life
So OP went to college and completed a Computer Science degree, then got a really good job. A few years into her career, she got an even better job.
She Has Everything She Wants
Now, OP makes great money and lives in a fancy apartment. Her net worth is off the charts, and she travels a lot.
She Likes to Brag
OP likes to share pictures of her travels on Instagram, and that led to an uncomfortable situation.
She Wanted to Fix Things Up
Recently, after her mother saw one of OP’s Insta posts, the older woman reached out. She wanted to get together and maybe try to mend their fences.
She Was Reluctant
OP really didn’t want to meet with her mom, but she agreed to have lunch together.
They Had a Lot to Talk About
When they saw each other, OP’s mom hugged her and told her that she missed her. Then the women got down to the business of catching up.
She Made It on Her Own
OP told her mom about her success and made it clear that she overcame the mess her mom left her in as a kid.
She Was Suddenly Alone
Then OP’s mom told her that she split up with her husband, which left her pretty much broke. And OP’s brother didn’t want anything to do with his mom now that she couldn’t help him financially.
She Had Some News
Then, OP’s mom dropped the real bombshell that stopped the meal cold.
She Wanted Money
The older woman told OP that she had a heart condition and needed surgery. Since she didn’t have much money, she wanted OP to pay for it.
She’d Have to Find Another Sucker
OP said she didn’t feel comfortable paying out such a large amount of money for her mother. She told her mom she’d have to find another way to pay for the surgery.
She Came Unglued!
Right there in the middle of the restaurant, OP’s mom started yelling at her. She said OP was a terrible daughter who would rather see her mom die than spend a little money.
She Ran for Cover
OP was humiliated and left the restaurant.
Auntie Wanted Her to Help
Later, OP called her aunt to tell her the situation. Her aunt said it was OP’s choice, but she thought the younger lady should help her mom because the amount of money involved was not all that much for OP.
She Wants to Do Right
OP still doesn’t think she should have to pay for her mom, but her aunt’s reaction is making her have second thoughts. Redditors almost unanimously advise OP to run for the hills.
They say that her mom has no right to ask her for help of any kind. And many commenters don’t believe the mom has a heart problem at all. They think she concocted the whole story to swindle OP out of her money.
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