This Redditor would never pay his parents rent unless his older sister also contributed financially to the household. But the problem is that he’s the only one with an income. What should he do?
A Conversation or an Argument?
OP (Original Story) started his story by saying he’d been having an ongoing discussion with his mom about rent. However, after a while, it soon became an argument.
Sister’s Social Standing
He explained that he was 19 and didn’t attend university. He just went on to join the workforce.
On the other hand, his sister is 21 and had just graduated from university.
Bargaining With Mom
OP’s mom wants him to start paying them rent. However, OP said, on “multiple occasions,” that he would be “more than happy” to contribute to the household once his sister does as well.
However, OP’s mom doesn’t share his line of thinking.
He wrote, “She does not believe that my sister should be paying rent despite the fact that we are both currently living at home. Her reasoning being my sister is not currently earning money.”
But for OP, it wasn’t an excuse. After all, his parents have financially supported his sister throughout her university days.
He said that she could have gotten a job during her time at university so his parents didn’t have to help her. However, his sister only started getting “irregular paying work” in her third year of university.
OP wasn’t bending when it came to rent. However, he agreed to contribute to his mom’s gas money.
The Only Fair Solution
OP and his mom worked on the same campus, so she’d always give him a life to and from work. This is something that was “completely fair” for OP.
At a Disadvantage
Rent, on the other hand, wasn’t something he was giving in so quickly for.
He wrote, “I feel like I am at a disadvantage for not going to university or career choice, and if anything, the older sibling should start paying rent first!”
You Know the Answer to That
Though OP’s adamant about not paying rent, he can’t help but think about his actions and their implications.
He asked, “Am I the a**hole or a spoiled brat for not wanting to start paying rent until my sister does?”
In an edit, OP added that he has gained some new realizations since posting his story on the thread.
He wrote, “After a few comments, I realized that I was acting quite immature and naive and in need of a reality check.”
A Much-Needed Conversation
Now OP’s not so firm in not contributing to the household. In fact, OP ended by saying he planned to have a conversation with his parents regarding a fair amount of rent to pay.
The Community’s Thoughts
Redditors pointed out all the things wrong in OP’s argument, helping him realize his mistakes sooner.
A top commenter wrote, “You’re the a**hole. It’s perfectly reasonable to insist that the people earning money should contribute. Are you going to cry to the government because your older sister doesn’t pay income tax?”
Good on You, Dude!
Then, people commended OP for realizing his mistakes. They are also happy that he’s taking active steps toward correcting himself.
“Good for you. You don’t seem entitled, maybe a bit naive, but that’s most youth anyways. My brother is 30 with 2 kids living with my mom, and he treats her like crap. Be thankful your sister actually has a drive. It could be much, much worse. Good luck, bud,” said one Redditor.
Another person shared, “I think you are a great person for not being closed and really listening to other people’s opinions. I’m sure that your parents would be proud of you for paying rent and being responsible and mature, and I’m sure that as soon as your sister gets a job, they will ask her to pay rent too. Please let us know what your parents said.”
What is your stance on the OP’s decision? Do you have any additional recommendations for him?
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This post first appeared as He Refused to Pay His Parents Rent if His Older Sister Didn’t. He’s Already a Working Adult, While She Had Just Graduated From University. Is He a Spoiled Brat? on Quote Ambition.