'Irrational' Teen Backed for Demanding to Use Brother's Possessions

The internet has backed a teen demanding that she uses her brother's possessions when necessary.

In a viral Reddit story published on the AmITheA**hole forum, a teenager under the username u/throwawayparents2 shared her story to the "AITA" forum to let the community decide if she was in the wrong. The post has over 9,000 upvotes and 1,000 comments.

She, 15, says her parents buy her brother, 16, expensive things, including a "computer, tablet [and] violin," and other things for school. However, when she asks for the same things, her parents have excuses such as not being able to afford two of the same thing and she needs to wait until she is the same age as her brother—and they never stay true to their word.

"Last night I had to do an school project but because I didnt have a computer I couldnt. I usually borrow someones(a family member like a cousin) laptop for these stuff but this time everyone needed theirs," she wrote.

Favoritism in a family setting can be harmful to children. According to BetterHelp, favoritism can cause anger issues, depression, a decrease in confidence and social problems.

Teen arguing with parents about sharing
The internet has backed a teen for snapping at parents for not making her brother share his possessions with her. DMEPhotography/iStock / Getty Images Plus

"I got so angry and frustrated that I started yelling at them telling them if they dont let me share his stuff im gonna break his computer(im not gonna do it tho(probably))," she continued.

Her parents called her "irrational" and explained to her that her brother doesn't have to share if he doesn't want to. She believes her parents are in the wrong for only buying her brother expensive things and not buying one thing for the both of them to share.

The Reddit community was quick to defend the original poster (OP) in the comment section.

"[Not the A**hole], your parents should teach you brother to share and buy u a laptop for school, since it is an important thing. Threaten to break it tho achieves the opposite," u/Germanpantoffel wrote, receiving 14,000 upvotes.

The OP responded to the viral comment, "Im not gonna break it really i was just very angry(and tired of begging people to let me borrow their laptop)"

U/kairi14 replied with some potentially helpful advice, "Talk to a school counselor about your parent's favoritism and refusal to buy you what you need to do your assignments. A meeting with the school to answer why they aren't caring for you properly should help. If they plead poverty then at the very least the school may have a loaner laptop you can use. But they need a serious wake up call and you need some adults on your side."

"[Not the A**hole] - if they truly do not buy you the equivalent items when you turn the relevant age, what do they expect you to do? You need to use a computer to get your school work done... if they can only afford one, you two sharing only makes sense," u/beeeeeebee exclaimed.

"[Not the A**hole]...I feel like the 'when your older' is generally fine but you're literally a year apart. Your school needs are basically the same as your brothers," u/TARDISMischief said.

Newsweek reached out to u/throwawayparents2 for comment.