A Reddit user’s daughter was so rude to a fast-food worker that he made her get a job at Target to teach her a lesson. However, the news of her new gig soon spread among her private school peers, leading them to alienate her. Now, while her mother supports her desire to quit, her father strongly disagrees. Who’s at fault? You be the judge:
Private vs. Public School
While the Original Poster (OP) and his wife are by no means rich, their decision to send their daughter Sophia to a private school was a no-brainer. For starters, the public schools in their district are awful. Plus, OP’s wife receives a hefty employee discount at the private school. Sounds like the perfect deal? It sure was, until the consequences of the decision eventually caught up…
Once Sophia started attending the private school, OP and his wife noticed something they didn’t like. The kids there (most of whom came from wealthy families) exhibited behavior that can be best described as “snobbish.” OP did not want that attitude to rub off on his daughter. But alas, maybe it was inevitable…
Sophia’s Bad Behavior
A wake-up call for OP was when his son sent him a video of Sophia being extremely rude to a fast-food worker. Disapproving of their daughter’s “mean-girl” behavior, OP and his wife decided it was time to teach her a valuable lesson.
Their solution was to make her get a job at Target. They wanted to remind Sophia of the values she had been raised with and wanted her to experience firsthand how it feels to deal with a rude customer. They hoped it would make her realize her mistake and treat workers better in the future.
She Hated It
Understandably, perhaps, OP’s daughter hated working there. Worse, word got out at her private school about her gig. As a result, her friends started alienating her from the group. Sophia was no longer being invited to their parties because of her “lame” job.
Seeing how miserable their daughter was, OP’s wife insisted that he let her quit. But he refused. He told his wife, “I think it’s better she learns they were never her friends in the first place and she should keep her job.” His wife thought he was being unfair, though. After all, Sophia was just a teenager and had gone through enough already. OP’s wife called him a “jerk” for not letting their poor daughter quit…
Was OP At Fault?
OP’s argument with his wife has caused a rift between the two – not to mention his daughter, who’s no longer talking to him. Conflicted about whether he made the right choice, OP turned to Reddit for advice. Was he in the wrong?
Reddit Was on His Side
It’s safe to say Reddit users sided with OP. One person commented, “Stick to your guns. Your daughter needs to learn that while working isn’t always fun, it is important. Unlike her so-called friends, she doesn’t have rich parents to bankroll her life. Earning and saving now will teach very important lessons that go beyond showing empathy to working people.”
She Needs to Learn Her Lesson
Others agreed OP was doing the right thing – especially given Sophia’s recent behavior. Someone wrote, “Your daughter is inheriting bad habits and sounded entitled, she needs to learn her lesson and the mom needs to stop enabling.”
What Are Your Thoughts?
Do you think OP was right to force his daughter to keep working? Do you think she’ll learn her lesson this way? Or could it make the teenager rebel even more? Drop a comment down below to share your suggestions.
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