This user was blindsided by his younger brother when he decided to propose to his long-time girlfriend during his best man’s speech at OP’s (Original Poster) wedding! Furious, he fired him the very next day!
Getting Him Back on His Feet
OP owned a small plumbing company and hired his younger brother three years ago. He was left jobless after the pandemic, and this was the only way he could help.
A Master of His Craft
He offered for his brother to come to work with him, and he accepted. He was 22 then and is now looking to become a master plumber and start his own business.
OP never felt upset or jealous that his brother was opening his own business. He said that his brother had his “complete blessing.”
He said, “This job was only supposed to be to get him on his feet again. I’m so happy he liked the field and wants to go further in it.”
A Formidable Bond
As brothers, it was no surprise that OP and his brother were close. OP even asked him to be his best man!
Drop the Bomb!
Because of their close relationship, OP never expected his brother to blindside him. But that’s precisely what he did when, during his speech as the best man at the wedding, he decided to propose to his long-time girlfriend.
Stealing the Spotlight
When he did that, OP and his wife were appalled! They couldn’t move past the feeling that OP’s brother “stole their shine” from their day.
Crazed Family Members
Of course, the rest of OP’s relatives were ecstatic.
He wrote, “Everyone else in our families was so excited and kept taking pictures with her, looking at the ring, and more.”
OP was so mad that he decided to fire his brother the very next day! He said his brother still doesn’t understand why he did so, claiming that OP’s being “selfish” and “irrational.”
Sadly, OP’s parents agree with his brother.
Business Is for Work Only
His parents said, “Business should be separate from our personal lives.” Though he gets the point, OP just “can’t overlook” what his brother did.
For him, he “ruined” their special day.
Well Taken Care Of
Though he’s mad, his brother is still his brother. So, he’s giving him severance pay and taking care of him this way.
OP can’t simply move on. But he said, “He is still my brother, and I wouldn’t let him lose his home over this.”
Can’t Stomach It
As a small business, OP couldn’t imagine seeing and being in the same room with his brother every day—for now.
He added, “I love all of the people who say, ‘You’ve been looking for a reason to fire him’ or ‘You’re just jealous.’ He was my best man. There was no malice before this incident.”
Redditors’ Opinions on the Matter
Users understood how OP felt, and for them, he did not act like a jerk in this scenario.
One said, “Not the a**hole in this case—can’t separate family and business because you only offered the job because he was family. I would tell him that he can have the job back after he pays for half of the reception since he turned it into a combination wedding reception and engagement party.”
“Agreed. He owes you an apology as well. How does he not see that he made you and your wife’s day about himself? Not the a**hole. I hope that you show him this post,” commented a woman.
He Made a Big Mistake!
Most Redditors were against what OP’s brother did. For them, he made a big mistake, and he should be man enough to acknowledge it and apologize for it.
A Redditor wrote, “Your brother is an a**. Sorry to you and your wife. Not the a**hole.”
Another said, “That is so appalling. Poor OP and wife. Imagine glowing in the love of your new spouse and your friends and family, with the best man giving a speech about what an awesome couple you are, and then wham! Your wedding is over, and it’s now someone else’s party.”
A Note to His Parents
Some also zoomed in on OP’s parents, saying they shouldn’t downplay their younger son’s misbehavior.
One woman wrote, “I’d answer to the parents: Dear mother and father, if I can’t trust my brother to behave decently at a very important personal event, how could I trust him in day-to-day work matters? His lack of brotherly propriety shows an unacceptable flaw of character for the workplace.”
What do you think of what OP’s brother did? Do you think he deserves a second chance from OP?
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This post first appeared as His Brother “Ruined” His Wedding and “Stole Their Shine” After He Proposed to His Girlfriend During His Best Man Speech. Furious, He Fired Him, but Family Says He’s Being “Irrational!” on Quote Ambition.