Members of a popular internet forum stood behind 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 Redditor u/SisterOut2928 (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) said her sister has been living with her and her 3-month-old daughter since she lost her job, but detailed the events that led to her evicting the 27-year-old from her home.
Entitled, “[Am I the a**hole] for kicking my sister out when she wasted MY money [an] online game?” the post received nearly 5,300 votes and 700 comments over the past day.
Writing that his sister moved in after the liquidation of his former employer, the original poster indicated that the two siblings lived in harmony, but explained how his sister’s gambling problem had created a major rift between the two.
“My sister was a recovered gambling addict,” OP explained. “All of his bank cards have game blocks in place because his addiction was so severe.”
“It doesn’t even have to be real money she makes, just the spinny s**t gives her that happy chemical,” OP continued. “All of this is just wasting money.”
Recently, the original poster stated that her sister played 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 she was alerted to the situation after trying to buy supplies for her baby girl.
“Yesterday alone my sister managed to blow all my paycheck,” OP wrote. “I didn’t know until this morning when I went shopping but my card declined. I checked my banking app and email and she had managed to spend it all.”
“That meant I couldn’t get groceries for the next two weeks, and while I can survive 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, I didn’t let her know she spent it all, I just kicked her out.”
Gambling is, undeniably, one of mankind’s favorite pastimes. Dating from 2300 BC. People have been betting 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. Online gambling, however, is only legal in Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, according to Betting USA.
While sports betting and online sports betting have remained a hotly debated topic of conversation over the past decade, the outbreak of COVID-19 has seen a significant increase in all types of gambling.
Last May, Science Daily reported that during the global pandemic, regular gamers were six times more likely to gamble online. This means that, since the start of 2020, when much of the world’s population was forced indoors, online gaming has become a near-constant presence in the lives of people who were already prone to addiction. Game.
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) reports that 85% of adults in the United States have gambled at least once in their lifetime, and 60% of adults have gambled in the past two years.
Of these large parts of the US population, an estimated two million people are addicted to gambling, and for as many as 20 million, gambling “seriously interferes with work and social life”, according to the Addiction Center.
Although gambling addiction is a major issue hampering the well-being of millions of Americans, many commenters responding to the viral Reddit post argued that stealing from a sibling to gamble is unacceptable and assured the original poster that she was justified in kicking out her 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 comment to the post, which received over 10,000 votes. . “Addiction is a disease, but it does not protect the person from the consequences of their actions.”
“She’s not a kid who doesn’t understand how money works,” added Redditor u/UnamazingHero. “She’s a grown adult who has no excuse for wasting someone else’s money.”
Redditor u/ShoulderStandard9492, whose comment received over 2,000 votes, offered a similar response and pointed out that the original poster’s sister not only stole it, but also her 3-month-old.
“This is money YOU earned for YOUR child,” they wrote. “The fact that she did this knowing full well that you have a child to feed makes her the greatest [a**hole] already.”
“She put your child at risk of, if not starvation, at least malnutrition,” added Redditor u/ErisianImpulse. “[Not the a**hole] and don’t accept someone who tries to make you feel guilty for making an addict suffer the consequences of their actions.”
“It’s empowering, and it doesn’t help anyone,” they added.