Dad Dragged for Breakfast Meltdown Over Cost of Scrambled Eggs: 'Red Flag'

Members of a popular internet forum offered a stern warning to one mother who was harshly chastised for using too many eggs while cooking breakfast for her family.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/throwaway4eggs (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) said she noticed her husband acting erratically about money recently and detailed the heated aftermath of her fateful decision to cook as many eggs as there are mouths to feed.

Titled, "[Am I the a**hole] for scrambling 4 eggs instead of 2 like my husband wanted?" the post has received nearly 8,500 upvotes and 2,500 comments in the last nine hours.

"I'm a [stay-at-home-mom] with 2 kids," OP began. "Their dad is the sole income earner in the house."

Continuing to explain that her husband is financially responsible for all of the family's bills, including groceries, the original poster said he has been "tightening the grip" on expenses lately and has been getting mad over small issues, like doing laundry too often or using too much of a cleaning product.

The original poster also said that yesterday, she was preparing breakfast for the family of four when all hell broke loose.

"I was making breakfast for him and the kids and used 4 eggs to make scrambled eggs," OP wrote. "He came to the table...and started lashing out at me calling me [irresponsible] for not using 2 eggs instead.

"I called him unreasonable because...the kids wouldn't get enough," OP continued. "He yelled saying that I should keep in mind that he's the one who's expected to pay for all that.

"He called me childish and immature for 'sulking' when he was just being honest and straightforward with me," OP added. "I ended up having just coffee for breakfast and he left for work without speaking to me."

For families across the United States, groceries are breaking the bank.

Despite increasingly-stable inflation rates and decreased prices at the pump, the cost to eat in America is skyrocketing.

Earlier this month, data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that the food price index has risen 11.4 percent over the last year, marking the largest 12-month increase since 1979.

The food-at-home index, which measures price changes at grocery stores, is also up 13.5 percent, marking a 43-year high.

With all six major grocery store food group indexes shooting through the roof, dietary staples like meat, fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables now come at a premium. And eggs, according to CNBC, are nearly 40 percent more expensive than they were at this time last year.

Unsurprisingly, these price hikes have forced many families to change their grocery shopping habits, and stretch once-taken-for-granted resources more than they ever have before.

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Carton of eggs smashed on the floor. Members of Reddit's r/AmITheA**hole forum defended one mother for using four eggs to prepare breakfast for her family of four, despite her husband's explosive objection. Oksana Osypenko/iStock / Getty Images Plus

But while buying less food is the only option for many households, Redditors responding to the viral Reddit post urged the original poster to confront her husband about the potential financial issues their family is facing, in order to forge a united front and pull her out of the proverbial dark as it pertains to money.

"Your man is broke and doesn't know how to tell you," Redditor u/hyenaaazx wrote in the post's top comment, which has received nearly 24,000 upvotes. "Inflation is real and the price of eggs has gone up — be kind and understanding of the pressure this has put people through."

"[He's] completely stressed out because of it," Redditor u/Sidneyreb chimed in, receiving nearly 10,000 upvotes.

"And doesn't know how to tell you that he cannot afford for you to be a [stay-at-home-mom]," Redditor u/Jazzlike-Squirrel116 speculated, receiving more than 7,500 upvotes.

Redditor u/nana_noname, whose comment has received nearly 6,000 upvotes, offered a similar response and advised OP to investigate what is actually happening in her household.

"Clearly the issue here isn't the eggs," they asserted. "You need to have an honest conversation with your husband regarding the extreme budgeting and to understand if there are hidden financial issues."

"You're feeding 2 adults and 2...children — even 4 eggs is skimpy," Redditor u/MistressEvie420 interjected. "It seems like [you] need to sit down and have a discussion over finances."

"Major red flags," Redditor u/PreviousMood3563 added. "Sounds like money issues."

Newsweek reached out to u/throwaway4eggs for comment.