Teen Girl's Revenge After Being Left Out of Family Photo Delights Internet

An 18-year-old girl has been commended for pulling an "epic" prank on her mother and stepfather after they left her out of the family photo.

Photographs play a crucial role in familial bonding and, in the case of children and young adults, can give them a sense of value and understanding about where they came from.

"We cannot underestimate the power of photographs to keep us feeling linked to others and belonging. They cement us into our networks," Professor Geoff Beattie, a U.K. psychology academic, explained in 2009.

"For children in particular, looking at photographs is part of the socializing process; learning who you are and where you fit into the family. By displaying photographs of our children at different stages of their lives, we are making a very public statement that we are proud of them."

A family photo and an angry teen.
Stock images of a family photo and an angry teen. An 18-year-old college student found a way to exact revenge on her parents after they excluded her from a family photo. Comstock / Ruben Ramos/Getty

With photos playing such an important role in tying loved ones to the family unit, it's perhaps unsurprising to learn that the girl, writing as daisydelo on Reddit, was aggrieved to discover her mother, stepdad and two young half-siblings had taken a series of family photographs without her before Easter.

According to the young woman, writing in a post that has earned over 20,000 upvotes, her mom had her when she was 17 and long before she met and married her stepdad.

Though her mom tried to explain away the snub, arguing that they "needed them printed in time" for Easter and her daughter is "at college," she still only lives 25 minutes away.

In any case, the daughter said she suspects her stepdad is "resentful" of the fact his family includes "some other guy's child" particularly as he initially misspoke and said the photos were only involving "close family."

But rather than stay made, the girl said she decided to "play a little joke," by heading off to the Walmart photo shop with her two younger half-siblings and a pair of best friends who were game for a laugh.

"We took deliberately cheesy family photos, all wearing blue jeans and jean jackets," she wrote. "My friends dressed as my mom and stepdad, my female friend wore a bald cap to be my stepdad, and my male friend wore a wig and a denim dress to be my mom."

After noting how much her friends looked like her parents, they decided to get a set printed on cards like the ones her mom had made and even signed them like her.

When she got home, she then swapped out the old pictures that didn't include her with the new ones, meaning everyone in the family would be sent a picture of her with her siblings and pals.

"Apparently a couple of my extended family members didn't look hard enough at the pictures to notice something was off, and just displayed them," she said.

"A few people mentioned to my mom that the picture was 'funny' which p***ed her off because she thought they were talking about her very boring photo of them all sitting on a picnic blanket with a giant Easter basket."

She was eventually rumbled when her aunt sent her mom a picture of the card. She was apparently "furious" at her daughter for "embarrassing the family" and not sending the cards she had made.

However, her daughter remained defiant. "I told her that I didn't get why she was upset about being left out of the family photo, apparently it isn't a big deal to be treated like you're not part of the family," she said.

Her mom was left "so mad" she eventually sent her daughter back to college, where she has been left wondering if she took things too far.

Fortunately, people on social media disagreed with that particular assessment. "This is hilarious," MoonMacabre wrote. "I'd watch out for your step dad, it seems like he's working on turning your mom against you."

Gigantesghastly commented: "You are an evil mastermind handing out petty justice and we stand and salute you." Curious-One4596 agreed, writing: "Now if only mom and stepdad could learn their lesson and do better."

Elsewhere, Corpuscular_Ocelot felt little actual harm had been done to the family, compared with the hurt inflicted on their daughter.

"Your friends, and your siblings had some pretty wholesome fun, no one was physically hurt," they said. "The emotional hurt your mother and step-father felt was mild compared to what they did to you."

IHateCamping even suggested she might have created a cherished memory for the wider family. "I have to say if one of my nieces or nephews pulled this off it would probably be my favorite card I ever got and I'd keep it forever," they said.

MissContraiwise was similarly enamored with the prank. "I can't stop laughing," they said. "You are fantastic. I love your sense of humor! Wish I was this creative and petty."

Misslo718 added: "This is a genius idea and you actually executed it. Good for you. Sometimes one has to stoop to pettiness to get their point across and you did it in a humorous way."

Newsweek has contacted daisydelo for comment.

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