He Told His Brother the Painful Truth, but It Caused a Big Family Conflict, and Now, the Grandparents Are Worried They’ll Be Refused Visitation

On a recent Reddit thread, a user expressed relief after they finally come clean with their brother, although they regretted throwing their parents under the bus to do so.

A Family Run Business

The Original Poster (OP), a 36-year-old man, used to run a family business with his 35-year-old brother and their parents. Over the last 10 years, OP progressed to running the company while his brother struggled with responsibility and management tasks.

Despite his brother’s shortcomings, OP’s parents protected him by avoiding any conflict or hurt feelings. They would lie to him and move him to different departments to avoid telling him that he wasn’t doing his job right.

His Parents Covered for His Brother

OP adds that his brother was not thrown into a situation without training and that they provided him with both informal and formal training.

OP was complicit in this and kept up the lies until his resentment grew. He left the family business (due to the toxic environment and anger) to start a different company but agreed to come back on the condition that his brother would be bought out.

When he returned, he found out that his brother had been stealing products from the warehouse.

His Brother Was Stealing

When OP confronted his brother, his brother admitted to stealing and became angry with OP, accusing him of not respecting him and being mean.

This caused OP to decide to stop lying and finally tell his brother the truth about the lies that their parents had created to protect his feelings over the last 10 years.

Now, OP’s parents are upset with him because his brother is angry and has gone no contact with them. They are worried that they won’t be able to see their grandchildren again.

OP reached out to the Reddit community to see if his actions were warranted.

Everyone Played Their Part

 Many users responded that everyone was in the wrong here. The brother shouldn’t have been stealing, but the family did him a disservice by never giving him constructive feedback or help.

Others felt like they would have done the same thing as OP. One wrote “Were I in OP’s shoes I would have gone with the original lie. Now that the situation has changed and the brother is causing criminal offenses, the game changes. I would be at the police.”

What would you have done? Should OP have kept the lies to himself to protect the brother’s feelings?

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Source: Reddit