Divorce can get messy, and it was definitely so for OP (Original Poster). But she not only got out of her bad marriage, she also got petty revenge!
In the early 1990s, OP was going through a nasty divorce with her ex-husband. He was “p***ed” that OP was divorcing him.
So, he did some things to aggravate OP.
Breaking In and Damaging Her Things
Because OP owned the house, her ex-husband had to move out. However, while the divorce was being finalized, OP’s ex-husband broke in and destroyed her things.
She wrote, “He broke back in and tore up all kinds of things, tore up my jewelry, my clothes; he cut holes in all of them, etc. I couldn’t prove it, but of course, it was him.”
Lying in Court
It didn’t stop there! When they went to court, OP’s ex-husband gave the judge a two-page list of things he supposedly brought into the house before marriage that OP “refused to return.”
OP’s attorney showed her the list, and everything was a lie. The things listed were stuff that her ex-husband never owned in the first place.
OP mentioned that her ex-husband “totally wanted her thrown in jail for contempt of court.”
The only options she had were to pay $2,000 to settle or go to jail. But she would never allow her ex-husband to get free money!
Friend to the Rescue
Because of this, OP opted for jail time even if her friends were all advising against her choice. Two days before OP was set to appear in court again, one of her good friends asked her if she could see the list.
Then, her friend noted that all the things her ex-husband listed were very general; there wasn’t any description. OP wrote, “For example, he says there’s a gun, he didn’t say what kind of gun. He said there was a computer, and he didn’t say what kind of computer and so on.”
A Great Idea
OP’s friend suggested that if she went around to buy everything on the list, it would only cost her about $200. She urged OP and said that it was “worth staying out of jail!”
Overall, she thought her friend had a great idea. So, she agreed, knowing it would be worth it to see her ex-husband furious because his plan didn’t work.
So, OP made a game out of it.
Her Own Scavenger Hunt
OP went around finding pawn shops and resale stores. She told the people in charge that she was on a scavenger hunt and briefly gave them a gist of what was happening.
She wrote, “They all loved the idea and helped me get through my list rather quickly.”
The Things She Found
With the help of everyone around her, OP soon found everything she needed. She didn’t remember everything they got, but they found great items saved in her memory.
OP shared, “Gun—an old rusty cap gun. Screwdriver set—same; old and rusty. Clothing—Goodwill; horrid stuff. Bust or statue—made one myself from clay. Knives—old and rusty. Camping gear—an old pan, matches, and a tiny tarp. And one of my favorites that I remember was he said he had a Monopoly game. So I sent him a Goodwill find without any of the pieces, just the board.”
OP had so much fun gathering all the things she needed. Then, she said, “When we got home, we had to videotape boxing them all up and going through the items one by one.”
To top things off, OP’s lawyer told the judge that OP found the stuff in her attic and just hadn’t seen them before. He added an apology, and the judge just told OP’s lawyer to drop off the box at his office.
After this, the divorce was final, and OP didn’t get jailed!
Her Only Regrets
Out of everything, OP only regrets not seeing her ex-husband’s face when he opened up the “box of garbage.”
She said, “There was nothing he could say because he made the stuff up in the first place! It’s been 30 years, and I still get joy thinking about it!”
The Community’s Reactions
Some users commended OP’s friend for her fast thinking.
A top commenter said, “Your friend should do divorce consults; she could make bank with her insight and sage advice. That was beautifully wicked!” Another replied, “Either that or organize scavenger hunts.”
You Go, Girl!
Everyone thought OP’s petty revenge was beautifully executed.
This Redditor noted, “Looks like you kept the ‘get out of jail free card’ for yourself. Well played!” One user suggested, “How great would it have been had she put a note in the box saying, ‘Sorry, I kept the get out of jail free card.’”
What do you think of OP’s revenge? Do you agree that her friend’s the star of the show?
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