Stepdad accidentally reveals stepdaughter’s crime in furious online rant
A disgruntled stepdad has taken to social media to vent his anger at his wife who said he has no right to punish her daughter for damaging his car — only to have commenters point out that his concerns might stray into criminal territory.
The father posted on the popular Reddit page that asks “Am I the A**hole?” that his 16-year-old stepdaughter was caught on a door cam taking his car out and stumbling out of it hours later with an added dent in the vehicle.
When confronting his wife about the issue he said her daughter should get a job to pay for the damage and be grounded from her phone, but she replied that as he is not their “real father” he has no say in the parental decisions of her children.
As a result, the stepdad said he has “checked out” of parenting, and, although they all live in his house and he keeps them fed and warm, his wife became angry with him when he refused to take them to a doctor’s appointment because they’re not his children.
The father was then told to “grow up” by his wife of four years because when asked by his stepson if she should play basketball, he said: “Ask your mother”.
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He wrote: “My wife and I have been married for about four years. She brought three kids from previous relationships into the marriage while I have none. They moved into my house after the marriage because I live in a better school district.
“A couple of weeks ago when I woke up and found a large dent running down the entire passenger side of my car. The dent is about a hand wide, starts at the front fender, and runs down to the rear tire. I checked our doorbell camera to see if it recorded anything and was surprised to see our 16-year-old daughter sneaking out of the house in the middle of the night and driving off in my car.”
He said she then returned home and stumbled into the house, and the doorbell camera did not show any cars coming close to his, so he knew the damage was done by his step-daughter
He showed the evidence to his wife, but she said that moving into his house and the new family dynamic was hard on them and that she would talk to them.
He continued: “I argued that talk isn’t enough which led us into an argument. My wife argued that the new family dynamic has been hard on the kids while I argued that it doesn’t excuse the damage done to my car.
“I wanted her to agree to ground our daughter from social media and make her get a job to pay for the damage. We argued for hours until she said I don’t get a say in any punishment because I’m not her father. That ended the argument and I walked off.”
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Instead, his wife said that he should report it as a hit and run because that way nobody will have to pay anything for the damage.
He said: “My wife wants me to report it to my insurance as a hit and run. She said that way no one has to pay for it. I argue that I’ll have to pay for it in the long run because they’ll jack up my rates.”
However, fellow Redditors were quick to point out that greater malice might be at play. One wrote: “Her daughter committed at least three serious crimes: auto theft, drunk driving and hit and run. She has put you at risk of being sued and possibly arrested.”
And another agreed: “If she doesn’t want you to punish her as a parent, then just punish her as an adult and report her crime.
“You literally have camera evidence of her stealing your car and bringing it back damaged. If you’re ‘not allowed’ to parent her, then treat her just like any other adult who has had their property stolen and call the cops.”
His post was also flooded with responses on whether or not he has done the right thing, some said he was right to want the damage paid for, whereas others thought stopping any duties was petty.
One user said: “Wife is more interested in covering the asses of herself and daughter than doing the right thing. What’s the bet that the “talk” she would have had with the daughter would have been f*** all?”
A second said: “It’s worse than f*** all, she probably threw OP (original poster) under the bus and told her daughter it was no big deal if she even talked to her first.”
Some even questioned the parenting skills of both mother and step-dad, saying the least they should be worried about damage to the car and punishing the daughter.
A user said: “I mean, OP is more concerned about getting daughter to pay for his car than the fact that she could have been killed, could have killed or seriously injured others — and possibly did.”
“I’d contend that neither of them are parents. The sympathetic people in this story are the unparented literal children, who are being endangered by the neglect of these unbelievably petty, incompetent adult children.”
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