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Teenager infuriated by parents’ ‘awful’ financial demand: ‘This is wildly unfair’

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A 16-year-old from a financially struggling family is torn between treating herself and helping her siblings

She explained the family’s situation on Reddit’s “Am I the A******” forum. Both her parents are underemployed and making less money due to the pandemic. She’s been saving up for a school trip for over a year now that she’s old enough to work. When her parents found out she had money saved, they demanded she use the money so her four siblings can go on their school trips. 

“My class missed out on our school trip this year because of the pandemic,” she wrote. “They promised us next year we would get it as a make-up. I started saving when this was confirmed back in April. I don’t have it all saved, but I have a good portion started. My parents both lost their jobs due to the pandemic. They’re currently in other jobs but making far less. Pair that with they already struggled to afford five kids and the fact I always take the hits so my siblings wouldn’t go without. Well, it’s now a reality that they can’t afford four school trips.” 

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When her parents found out about the money, their response wasn’t encouraging. 

“My parents found out I had saved for mine and told me if I shared it all out between my younger siblings, they could all go on their trips, and I would be a good sister,” she explained. “I said no, that they could figure something out, or they could teach them to take one for the team like I always had to. My 13-year-old sister heard everything, told the others. Now everyone in the house is saying I should give it to my siblings and that I’m mean and selfish for not. This will be my first class trip since I was 7. I actually get to go because I work now and can save for it myself. I know it’s hurting my siblings’ feelings, but I feel like I deserve something good too.” 

Reddit users thought the parents were asking too much of the teen. 

“This is wildly unfair to you,” someone wrote

“That’s awful,” another said

“It’s not your responsibility to pay for your siblings,” a user commented

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