He Refused to Give a Cent of the $125,000 He Inherited to His Brother. Now He’s Being Called a “Dumb and Greedy Jerk,” but It’s a Done Deal!

OP (Original Poster) and his siblings either got to take $25,000 upfront for their inheritance, or they could wait and get $125,000. OP chose the latter, but now his brother’s demanding a cut!

A Deal With Their Parents

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A few years ago, OP’s parents offered him and his siblings a deal. They could have $25,000 as soon as they graduated from high school, or wait until they graduated college, got a trade, or were self-supporting for the next four years until they got their inheritance.

If they chose the latter, they’d get $125,000 instead of $25,000.

His Brothers’ Choices

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OP’s two oldest brothers went to college before getting the money. Then, they used their inheritance to start their lives.

On the other hand, OP’s other older brother didn’t take the same option. He took the $25,000 upfront and moved to Southeast Asia.

Life in Asia

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Initially, OP’s brother lived a pretty good life.

He did so for three years until he ran out of money and had to come home. The pandemic also hit, and he got stuck where he was.

Dependent on Their Parents

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When his brother came home, their parents welcomed him with open arms. They let him live there while he was looking for a job.

However, he ended up going to university and is currently working on getting his teaching degree.

OP’s Choice

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OP, on the other hand, had just recently graduated college. He received $125,000 and will use the money to put a downpayment on a house.

His Brother’s Request

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Then, soon after that, his brother approached him, asking if he’d share some of his money so he could buy a car.

OP wasn’t keen on giving in. After all, their parents were already letting him live with them; they were also paying for his education!

It’s Not Fair

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Their parents weren’t giving his brother any spending money. Even so, OP thought it was unfair for him to have to share the money he waited patiently for.

He said, “I had fulfilled my end of the bargain.”

An Argument Between Brothers

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Upon hearing OP’s refusal, his brother got upset. He told OP he was a “dumba**” for not going out and seeing the world.

OP noted, “I’m not sure how much he saw stuck in a country in Southeast Asia during Covid.”

You’re Greedy!

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That wasn’t the end. OP’s brother even accused him of being a “greedy a**hole” for not sharing his money.

However, for OP, his brother was irresponsible. He said he should have done something with it in the last three years aside from seeing the world.

It Doesn’t Matter

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His brother argued that he could have gone for four years if it wasn’t for the pandemic. But for OP, none of his excuses mattered since he’d already taken the money.

He’d made his bed, and it was now time for him to lie in it.

Leave Him Alone!

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Soon, their mom heard them arguing. Thankfully, though, she was on OP’s side.

OP wrote, “Our mom heard us arguing and told him to leave me alone. My money was earned with hard work, and I don’t have to share.”

He’s Not Getting Anything

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After their confrontation, OP reached out to his two other brothers. He learned that he’d also been asking them for money, but they, too, told him to “get bent.”

It’s Not My Fault

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OP noted that it would seem like it was unfair. However, it was the choice his brother made.

He wrote, “He chose to party with his money. It’s not my fault that the world went nuts for a couple of years.”

The Community’s Pieces of Advice

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Users assured OP that it was his right to refuse to share the inheritance he got. If anything, what happened to his brother was his parents’ fault.

“Not the a**hole. Your brother is being greedy and entitled. But frankly, your parents were very irresponsible to offer this option to an 18-year-old; sure, it worked fine for three out of four children, but it’s the ones who don’t have things figured out that need parenting the most, and your parents dropped the ball. Promising a big payout for successfully adulting for four years is a great way to make sure your kids learn responsibility; giving them the option of a chunk of cash the minute they are adults is just setting the less mature ones up for failure,” wrote one user.

Another Redditor commented, “Not the a**hole, and yes, it is completely fair. Don’t waste energy on feeling like it’s not fair to him. He had the exact same offer as the rest of you and made his choice. You enjoy your hard-earned funds and buy that house and furnish it to the nines.”

You Made the Right Choice

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Some people even pointed out that while OP’s brother said he was a “dumba**” for not seeing the world, he wasn’t the one currently broke.

This woman said, “You were a ‘dumba**’ for not taking the money and seeing the world—except that now he has no money, and he wants you to give him yours. I think we know who the dumba** is. Not the a**hole.”

Do you think OP made the right decision? What advice would you give him?

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