The original poster (OP) has a sister-in-law named Amy who likes to visit from out of town and stay with them. There is one thing she does regularly though that is really starting to bother OP and so she decided to take things into her own hands to fix the recurring problem.
The Sister-in-Law Stays With Them When She Visits
Her sister-in-law always stays with them instead of going to a hotel.
She Makes the Reservations
Amy likes to pick the restaurants they go to which also tend to be on the expensive side.
She Never Has Her Wallet
Amy always conveniently forgets her wallet or comes up with some excuse as to why she can’t pay her share.
OP Makes More Money
OP says Amy has implied that since OP makes much more money that her, she should be the one to pay. She doesn’t even say her own brother should pay, just specifically OP.
It’s Not Enough to Always Pay
OP says she does make a fair amount of money but its not so much that she can treat someone every time they come to visit.
She Never Pays Her Back
Whenever Amy says she has forgotten her wallet, OP just pays the bill and then asks Amy to pay her back but OP says she never has.
OP Told Her She Wouldn’t Pay
Amy made reservations at an extremely expensive restaurant and before they left, OP made it clear that she wouldn’t be paying Amy’s bill.
She Decided to Try Something Different
OP says she learned a trick from watching a television show called Two and a Half Men.
She Hid Amy’s Wallet in Her Purse
As they were leaving, OP pretended she forgot something and went back into the house. She found Amy’s wallet sitting on top of her suitcase, put it in her purse and went to the restaurant.
She Asked for Separate Bills
When they were done eating, OP asked for separate bills. But Amy said no, they needed one bill because she forgot her wallet again.
OP Surprised Amy
OP reached into her purse and said “this wallet?”
Amy Was Furious
Amy was so angry she said that OP should not have touched or grabbed her wallet.
Was She Wrong?
OP is wondering if she was wrong to secretly bring Amy’s wallet to the restaurant.
The Readers Respond
The popular vote is that OP did the right thing and needed to teach Amy a lesson.
They Approve of Her Taking Matters into Her Own Hands
One reader even suggested she should have left her own wallet at home and let Amy cover the entire bill to pay her back for all the times OP paid.
“NTA but you totally should have flipped the switch- left your wallet at home- only brought your licence so she had to cover the whole bill then never taken her out to a restaurant again.”
She Can Easily Transfer the Money
One reader responded “Venmo/Zelle/CashApp/etc. all exist. Why is “I forgot my wallet” even an excuse anymore? Just have them send you the money while you’re sitting at the table.”
Where is Her Husband?
Many wonder why her husband hasn’t said anything to his sister about her behavior.
“What’s wrong with your husband that he allows his sister to take advantage of his wife? This is your real problem.”
She Can Stay at a Hotel
Readers suggested if Amy has an issue with paying for dinner then she doesn’t deserve to say at OP’s house for free. She should go to a hotel from now on and this will also reduce her visits since she has to pay for her room now.
“Also STOP letting her stay at their house for free. Of SIL is going to be like that, she can get a hotel. No reason OP should have to put up with SIL snide remarks in her own home.”
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