His Sister Lavished Attention on Her Daughter at the Expense of Her Son, but When She Sold Her Son’s Birthday Present, the Man Was Furious

A man recently wrote online to ask if he did the right thing by exposing his sister. The woman is so occupied with her sick daughter that she barely pays attention to her son. But selling her son’s birthday present was the final straw.

Single guy

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The man wrote, “I am unmarried and do not have children, so I don’t understand this situation from a parent’s standpoint.”

Unexplained ailments

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“I have a niece, Kay, 21, and a nephew, Joe, 16. My sister and her husband have spent the last few years trying to get Kay sorted,” he added. “By that, I mean she has a lot of unexplained ailments.”

Trying everything

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His sister has tried everything to resolve Kay’s health issues, from specialists to chiropractors to acupuncturists. But nothing ever works, and no one knows what’s wrong.

Constant posting

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Kay constantly posts about her symptoms online. She complains about fatigue and weakness and details all her various appointments. The man has started to wonder if it’s about attention because it’s become her entire personality.

Hardworking nephew

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Kay’s brother, Joe, is the opposite. He’s a total go-getter and excels in school and sports. The man suspects he is being starved of attention because of Kay and her needs.

Joe’s birthday

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The man wanted to do something nice for Joe’s birthday. He bought two football tickets and sent them to his sister so she or her husband could take their boy to the game.

Tickets for sale

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A few weeks later, the man was browsing social media. He noticed that his sister had posted the tickets for sale online. They were snapped up quickly.

Angry confrontation

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The man was disgusted. He confronted his sister, and she told him they needed to sell them to fund some allergy testing for Kay.

Lunch date

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The man took Joe for lunch and asked him how he was doing. Joe admitted he was struggling with being overlooked by his parents.

Innocent question

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The man asked Joe why he had agreed to sell the football tickets. Joe said that he didn’t know anything about the tickets.

Furious call

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The following day, the man received a call from his sister. She was livid that he’d told Joe about his present and told him that the boy was better off not knowing.

Was he right to tell Joe?

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The man was sure that telling Joe the truth was the right thing to do. He reached out to an online forum to ask if he’d made the right decision.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “Now you know that if you want to do something nice for Joe, you have to do it in a way that the parents won’t be able to block (i.e., by taking him yourself).”

While another commenter added, “You gave your nephew a gift. It was reasonable to expect that he would be made aware of that. His parents not only withheld the gift from him but sold it without telling him. He should be hurt. You should be angry.”

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