A woman’s friend offered to hold onto her wedding dress while renovating their home. But for the next two years, the said friend claimed that she couldn’t find the dress!
Two years before this story was posted, OP (Original Poster) was renovating her house with her husband. She feared some items—particularly her wedding dress—would be lost or damaged.
Considering what happened to some of her stuff, she was right to be concerned about it.
A Friend in Need
To help OP out, her friend offered to hold onto her wedding dress while the renovations were taking place. OP considered the previous losses and agreed to let her friend keep the wedding dress in her closet until renovations were done.
My Dress, Please!
With the renovations finished, OP wanted her dress back, so she asked her friend. Her friend created excuse after excuse, saying she would return it but never did, and OP thought it was a bit weird.
OP hadn’t needed the dress, which had been her mother’s, so she let the situation slide for a couple of years. However, the time soon came for her sister to get married.
They had promised each other they’d wear their mom’s wedding dress, so OP knew it was time for her to get it back from her friend.
Where’s the Dress?
OP told her friend that she would need the dress back, but her friend said she couldn’t find it. However, she didn’t understand because a dress can’t “get up and just walk away.”
Since she couldn’t find it, OP’s friend offered to pay for the dress. OP didn’t want the money, though; she wanted her family heirloom back for her sister’s wedding, and OP had felt terrible her sister wouldn’t get to wear the dress for her wedding.
A Prying House Sitter
Then, when her friend went away on vacation, OP helped her out by watering the plants and feeding her friend’s dogs.
OP knew she had to go and check for herself because she really needed that wedding dress.
OP found her friend’s closet to be a complete disaster! There were boxes and clutter all over the inside of the closet, so OP had to rummage around for a bit.
OP had no trouble believing her friend once she tried to get around in her closet. Despite the difficulties she faced, however, OP was able to locate her dress hidden behind some seasonal clothing.
Not Easy to Spot
OP didn’t think her friend was being malicious because it had been challenging to find the box with the dress in it. It had basically been hidden in the closet for two years.
You Did What?
Once OP found what she was looking for, she texted her friend and told her she had “found the dress.” Instead of being happy for her, her friend got upset and said she “had no right to look through her stuff.”
Her friend asked why she hadn’t just asked her to look again. But OP told her friend she had just gone to double-check the closet, and she hadn’t been snooping on her friend.
OP didn’t like how her friend was talking to her and reminded her that her little sister almost lost out on the chance to wear their family heirloom because her closet was so cluttered. Not only that, but OP had been asking for two years, and the dress hadn’t been found in that time.
What the Community Has to Say
Redditors stood by OP and didn’t think that she had been an a**hole.
One said it best, making the statement, “Not the a**hole. I wouldn’t have told her I found it. She was not looking good enough, and it was important to your family.”
Another Redditor pointed out that a valuable lesson was learned, “Not the a**hole. Now you know to avoid storing anything in her clutter. She probably can’t find her own stuff, much less yours.”
A Darker Motive
Some Redditors noticed that OP’s friend’s story didn’t add up.
One pointed out what might have been going on, saying, “Not the a**hole. I feel like your friend was being shady by offering money instead of finding a family heirloom. I think I never would’ve told her that I found the dress, and I would’ve let her find out by seeing your sister’s wedding photos. Additionally, I totally would’ve let her plants die.”
Many other Redditors started to see less than honorable intentions, with one saying, “She was trying to steal the dress so she could sell it or keep it for herself. I refuse to believe any adult who doesn’t have nefarious intentions would just ‘lose’ a wedding dress and then try to act like it’s no biggie.”
It’s a Disorder
Other community members wondered if maybe there was a reason behind the intense clutter in her friend’s closet, such as being a hoarder.
One user said, “Maybe she’s a hoarder? Maybe she liked the dress and wanted to keep it? I don’t know either. There’s really no logical reason for her to want to keep a dress that has no sentimental value to her but tons to OP and her family.”
Do you think that OP should have gone through her friend’s closet? Was she wrong for looking for her dress, or had she put up with enough excuses?
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