Man Dragged for Leaving Partner 'Stranded' Outside Apartment While Gaming

Internet commenters were quick to call out one man who left his partner locked out of their apartment because he was playing a popular video game.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/eldenr1ng (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) explained that their key fob for their apartment broke over the weekend, and detailed the ensuing events that left them stuck in their building's lobby as a result.

Titled, "[Am I the a**hole] for leaving my husband 'stranded' at our apartment after he left me locked out for 45 minutes playing Elden Ring," the viral post has received nearly 10,000 votes and 1,300 comments in the last day.

Writing that they texted their husband when they were on their way home from work to let him know when to unlock their apartment door, the original poster said they didn't receive a response and had to wait nearly an hour until a tenant who was leaving the building let them inside.

"I stand in the entrance lobby and call him over and over...but I ended up locked out for 45 minutes," they wrote. "I get up to the apartment and my husband is playing Elden Ring on our PlayStation with his headphones on."

"I walk over, tap him on the shoulder VISIBLY pissed," they continued. "He gets that 'oh sh*t I f****d up' face and rips his headphones off...he tells me he lost track of time, totally forgot, etc."

"His phone was on silent and across the room from him, thus why he didn't answer the calls," they added.

Wanting to avoid an explosive confrontation, u/eldenr1ng said they calmly took their husband's key fob from his keychain and left to go visit their younger sister, who they explained lives five minutes from their apartment.

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Commenters sided with one Redditor who asked if they were justified to be upset about their husband leaving them locked out of their apartment while he played a new video game. LumineImages/iStock / Getty Images Plus

After they left, however, the original poster received multiple text messages from their husband lamenting the fact that now, he was the one without a key fob.

"My husband is texting me essentially saying I'm the [a**hole] for taking the fob which means he can't leave the building without getting locked out," they wrote. "I pointed out to him that he left me locked out for 45 minutes...and that as far as I knew, he had no plans to leave the apartment."

Elden Ring, billed as a fantasy action role-playing video game, was released on February 24.

Developed by FromSoftware Inc., a Japanese video game development company, the game has taken the gaming industry by storm over the last month.

In a press release published by FromSoftware on March 14, the company revealed that Elden Ring had sold one million copies in Japan, and a whopping 12 million copies worldwide.

Earlier this month, Ars Technica reported that the game's 21-day sales numbers match those of Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V, and could potentially follow in the footsteps of 2018's Red Dead Redemption 2, which sold 17 million copies in its first two weeks, and has since averaged 9 million sales per year.

However, as gamers immerse themselves completely into the virtual Elden Ring world written by Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, scenarios like the one described in the viral Reddit post can occur with regularity.

Throughout the post's comment section, Reddit users pointed out that the original poster's husband was too entrenched in his new video game to answer his partner's calls, and questioned why he was upset about not having a key fob if his plans were to continue gaming anyways.

In the post's top comment, which has received more than 15,000 votes, Redditor u/annrkea told the original poster to keep the key fob, and ripped their husband with an Elden Ring reference.

"Keep the fob," they commented. "Your husband can find an imbued sword key to let himself in and out."

"[Not the a**hole]," they added.

Redditor u/ImpeccablyDressed, whose response has received more than 5,000 votes, questioned why the original poster's husband was upset at all.

"[Not the a**hole]," they commented. "You were also leaving so why wouldn't you have taken the key fob?"

"Seriously, I don't understand why people are saying she's punishing him," another Redditor added. "He clearly has no intentions of leaving the apartment, why would she not bring [the key fob] with her?"

In a separate comment, which has received nearly 4,000 votes, Redditor u/windyafternoon assured the original poster that they did nothing wrong, especially if their husband planned on playing Elden Ring for the rest of the evening.

"So long as you're not planning on being away with the fob overnight or anything you're fine," they wrote. "But taking it to go for a visit to ensure you can get back in later when he's just on the couch gaming is perfectly reasonable."

Newsweek reached out to u/eldenr1ng for comment.