Internet Backs Step-Sister Who Sought Revenge For 'Lost' Necklace

The internet was quick to applaud one teenager who went viral for seeking revenge against her step-family.

In a post published on Reddit's r/AmITheA**hole, the 17-year-old wrote that her step-mother and step-sister conspired to steal her favorite necklace, and detailed how she retaliated after finding the necklace on a bathroom floor. Titled "AITA for making my step-sister and step-mom look for my 'lost' necklace?," the viral post has received over 13,000 votes and 1,000 comments in just seven hours.

Beginning the Reddit post with the explanation that she does not get along with her step-family, the anonymous Redditor wrote that recently, her 15-year-old step-sister asked to borrow her favorite necklace to wear to a birthday party. Explaining that the necklace was a gift from a friend, the Redditor assured that she denied the request. But on the day of the birthday party, she realized the necklace was missing.

"I notice it's gone from my jewelry box and step-mom admits she took it and let my step-sister wear it," she wrote. "I was so mad."

Instead of telling her father what happened immediately, the Redditor said she wanted to wait until he returned from a business trip. Before she could tell him, however, she found the necklace on the family's bathroom floor and "decided to teach her [step-sister] a lesson."

"I hid [the necklace] and then asked for it back the next day," she wrote. "She couldn't find it so her mom and her went through her room from top to bottom trying to find it."

"When they couldn't, step-mom said she would buy me a nicer one to replace it, but I told her she can't replace something my friend made," she added.

According to the Pew Research Center, 16 percent of children live in "blended families," defined as a household with a stepparent, step-sibling or half-sibling — a figure that has remained stable since the early 1990s.

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One Redditor described how she got revenge against her step-sister and step-mother after they stole her favorite necklace. AntonioGuillem/iStock / Getty Images Plus

While Pew also reports that many remarriages in the United States involve blended families, failure rates for blended family remarriages remain high.

Despite recommendations for how to navigate step-sibling rivalries, Very Well Family — an online resource for pregnancy and parenting information — stated that a child's need for attention from their biological parent, and questions about how stepparents are allowed to discipline their step-children, led to greater challenges than families of first marriages.

Per step-family statistics collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and researchers at the University of Virginia, between 60 and 73 percent of marriages involving children from a previous relationship ultimately fail.

In her original post, the 17-year-old said that when her father returned home and learned that his wife stole the necklace from his daughter, the couple fought and are now sleeping in separate rooms as a result. Adding that her step-sister was grounded, the Redditor said she plans on "finding" the necklace, and that she believes a lesson was learned.

Redditors responding to the viral Reddit post agreed.

In the post's top comment, which has received 14,500 votes, Redditor u/EvocativeEnigma defended the original poster and justified how she sought revenge against her step-mother and step-sister.

"Your step-mom is an [a**hole] for allowing her daughter to steal your items," they wrote. "That was a handmade gift from a friend!"

"If her daughter wanted a necklace so badly, her mom should have gone out and bought her one herself, if it was so important that she had to wear it," they added.

Redditor u/EastPractice2616, whose comment has received nearly 1,000 votes, echoed those sentiments and said that both the original poster and her father had legitimate reason to be upset.

"Nothing wrong with a little petty revenge," they wrote. "Your father is extremely justified in being upset, his wife and her child stole from his daughter. Doesn't matter if you found what she stole, she shouldn't have taken it to begin with."

Receiving 1,700 votes, u/cutthestrings commented that they were inclined to say the original poster went too far, but agreed that revenge tactics could curb similar behavior by her step-family in the future.

"[Not the a**hole]. It was taken without your permission and against the wishes of your dad, then was just dumped on the bathroom floor," they commented. "I'd be inclined to stay maybe it went a little too far, but actually if it could mean the [step-mother] won't enable her daughter so much in the future it might work out OK in the long run."