He Saved for Years to Buy a Car, but When He Wouldn’t Let His Stepbrother Borrow It, His Stepmom Called Him Unfair 

A young man recently asked for advice after his stepmom got mad at him for not sharing his car with his stepbrother. Here’s what happened.

They’re the Same Age

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A young man’s father remarried when he was 11, and he ended up with a stepmom and a stepbrother. They were about the same age and just about to turn 17 when this incident took place.

They Weren’t Close

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The two boys got along but were never close. They didn’t dislike each other; they just didn’t have much in common.

There Was Common Ground

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The young man said, “We like some of the same stuff, but we don’t talk in-depth about our lives.”

They Got an Allowance

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When the boys were 13, the young man’s dad started giving them both an allowance. They both got the same amount.

They Got Jobs

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A couple of years later, the young man’s father offered both boys jobs in his business. It wasn’t much, but it paid a small wage.

They Could Choose

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The young man’s dad never pressured either boy to save. The young man said, “He told us we could spend the money we earn however we’d like, but he set up bank accounts in case we wanted to save.”

His Stepbrother Blew It All

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The young man’s stepbrother spent his money as soon as he got it. He’d buy computer games or go out with his friends and have a good time.

He Saved Instead

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The young man was very different. He didn’t go out much and spent his spare time at his father’s business. Not only did he earn more than his stepbrother, but he also spent less.

He Bought a Car

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After a few years, the young man had saved enough to buy his first car. It wasn’t the best car in the world, but it was his, bought with money he alone had earned. He was so proud of it.

His Stepbrother Asked to Borrow It

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The young man’s stepbrother asked to borrow the car to go out with his friends.

He Said No

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The young man told him that wasn’t going to happen. He said, “I said no because I didn’t want anything happening to it that wasn’t my own fault.”

He Said It Wasn’t Fair

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The stepbrother got annoyed. He told the young man that it wasn’t fair that he wouldn’t share the car with him. He went to the young man’s stepmother and got her involved. She agreed with her son.

His Father Was On His Side

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When the young man talked to his father, he was relieved to find that he was on his side, but he also wanted the boys to discuss the issue like adults and resolve it themselves.

Was He Wrong?

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Was the young man wrong to deny his stepbrother the use of his car, or should the stepbrother have bought his own car and not spent all the money on other things?

The Internet Responded

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One person said, “Settle it like adults? If one adult asks another adult to borrow their car and the person says no, then that adult needs to accept that no because they have no right to someone else’s car.”

Another said, “It’s YOUR car. You bought it. You don’t want anything to happen to it. Let your stepmom lend him her car. Or, he can save up for his own.”

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