The original poster (OP) hosted a family dinner over the weekend. Her brother brought his two sons, ages 4 and 8 with him. As cute as they may be, they got themselves into quite a bit of trouble.
She is Married
OP is married. She used to wear her ring all of the time but now she mainly wears it on special occasions.
Her Ring is Expensive
Her ring is worth $30,000. When she isn’t wearing it, she keeps it in her closet.
She Had Family Over for Dinner
OP was hosting a family dinner. While she was cleaning up the dinner table, her nephews were to ‘go play’ while the other adults were in the outdoor patio area. Her brother wasn’t supervising.
Her Nephews Snuck Upstairs
Her nephews went into the master bedroom without anyone knowing and started playing with her stuff, including her engagement ring.
The Adults Didn’t Know Where They Went
The boys panicked when they saw they had been caught and knew they weren’t supposed to be upstairs. They quickly flushed the engagement ring down the toilet.
She Called a Plumber
They called a plumber to see if they could retrieve it but unfortunately it was gone for good.
She Sent the Receipt
Unfortunately the ring was uninsured because her husband forgot to take care of it. OP sent her brother a scanned copy of the receipt via email.
He Became Angry
Her brother called her an a**hole because they were family and it was just a child. He refused to pay the cost of her ring.
She Threatened to Take Him to Court
She threatened to take him to court but her family is angry and saying family shouldn’t sue each other and she should just let it go.
Her Brother Says He Can’t Afford It
OP’s brother says he can’t afford to pay for the ring but she says they have a household income of $250k and their house was gifted to them by her parents so he has no mortgage to pay. He also refuses to do a payment plan of $100 a month and says she can afford to replace it or sell her car.
She’s Very Upset
OP says her ring had sentimental value and she’s very upset. She is talking to a lawyer and is ready to hire a private investigator to see what her brother’s finances actually are.
The Readers Respond
Many readers believe that his children were old enough to know better and should be punished. Her brother should also replace the ring.
“His circus, his monkeys. He wasn’t watching them, that’s on him. 100% he should replace your ring. As for all the family who are blowing up at you, it’s easy, when it didn’t happen to them, to preach forgiveness. Ignore them. Also, 8/4 are more than old enough to know better. My 3yo knows not to touch someone else’s things in their home without asking. Choices have consequences, and sometimes those consequences are expensive! Sorry this happened to you.”
Is it Their Fault for Not Insuring the Ring?
“You didn’t insure a $30,000 dollar ring? Edit: For those of you who say the insurance isn’t the point- OF COURSE ITS THE POINT.
The point of this whole thing is the sheer amount of money involved. Stuff happens all the time. Kids get into things, dogs eat things, partners lose things. Anything that you value is on you to insure or protect. YTA for walking around with a 30K liability the size of a marble and then pointing fingers at whoever touched it last before it disappeared.”
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