His Brother Is a Talented Artist With Some Serious Behavioral Problems, but Stealing a Beloved Sculpture from His Sister-in-Law was the Last Straw

A man recently wrote to an online forum to ask whether he was right to cut his brother out of his life. His brother has some problems and stole a piece of art from the man’s wife, but his parents think he should forgive him.

Difficult man

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The man wrote, “My brother, John, is a fairly well-known artist in my area. He is a sculptor and a real piece of work.”

Coveted piece

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“My wife loves him and has always supported him. She would show everyone the sculpture he made for her and encourage people to buy from him,” he added. “Her sculpture is one of the very first ones he made after he got out of rehab for the millionth time.”

Indecent proposal

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John was visiting the man’s home. He saw the sculpture and told the man’s wife that he was embarrassed by how amateur it looked compared to his current work.

Too trusting

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He asked if he could take the sculpture and rework it. His wife agreed because she always saw the best in people. However, she was in for a shock.

Quick sale

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John sold the sculpture for $15,000 to service debts he had to other people. The man was livid. He would have lent him the money to save his wife from the heartache.

Hospital visit

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John was in the hospital again. The man came to visit him. While there, he told him that stealing the artwork was the last straw. He told John he was dead to him.

Mother intervenes

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The man’s mother called him. She scolded him for putting John under stress during what was a difficult time in his life.

Harsh reply

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He told his mother that should she ever mention his name to her again, she would have to choose between her sons. She could tell he meant every word.

Father’s followup

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His mother was so upset that his father got in touch. He begged the man to reconsider. However, he would not budge. What John did to his wife was unforgivable.

Was he in the right?

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The man knew that he was harsh with his parents, but John’s behavior was the last straw. He reached out to an online forum and asked for a second opinion.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “He stole from your wife and broke your trust. He’s obviously some sort of addict, and it sounds like this is just the last straw in a long line of bad behavior. You have every right to cut him out of your life. Forgiving him would just be enabling his addiction and criminal behavior further.”

While another declared, “He stole a $15,000 sculpture. Report the theft. Have him arrested. Have the police recover the sculpture. He will have still stolen your wife’s trust. But the sculpture will be back.”

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