A casual family dinner took a dramatic turn when buried secrets erupted. It set off an intense argument that ultimately led to the family getting ousted from the restaurant. Prepare to dive in to this rollercoaster Reddit story packed with tensions and surprises at every turn:
Before diving into the incident, the Original Poster (OP) starts with some context. She – aged 25 – explains that she doesn’t have kids yet. Her cousin, Sarah, on the other hand, who is four years older, has three. Two of her children are from her last relationship, and she just had a third with her 40-year-old boyfriend, MJ.
They Went for Dinner
On the night everything erupted, OP had gone out to dinner with her mom, sister, and Sarah. They went to a sushi place, but because OP had ever had it before, she struggled to use the chopsticks. That’s when her cousin started giving her grief…
Her Cousin Was Rude
Seeing OP struggle with the chopsticks, Sarah began to laugh obnoxiously. Then, when the waiter came to ask if OP wanted something to help her use them, her cousin laughed again and apologized to them, saying that OP “constantly embarrasses herself and us.” OP chose to ignore the slight.
Her Cousin’s Boyfriend Arrived
Her cousin’s boyfriend MJ arrived as they were ordering dessert. Sarah told him how “stupid” and “slow” OP was for being unable to use chopsticks and that everyone in the restaurant now knew she’s an embarrassment. OP’s mom asked what Sarah’s issue was, to which she spouted more vitriol about OP being embarrassing and jealous that Sarah was a mom when nobody wanted to have children with OP.
After putting up with her cousin’s insults for so long, OP finally cracked, saying “I don’t have kids because I don’t want them to come out like your rude pieces of ****,” followed by “You’re calling me an embarrassment? Didn’t MJ just have a baby on you with his wife? Your baby literally has a sibling a week apart from her. You probably learned how to use chopsticks by eating his wife’s leftovers.”
Everyone Turned On OP
After OP had finished, everyone turned on her. A huge argument ensued, with Sarah and MJ yelling at her and OP’s own mom and sister calling her mean. It got so intense that the restaurant managers had to intervene. They gave them the bill and asked them to leave. OP’s sister seemed to side with Sarah, telling OP she were wrong for embarrassing her and that “she’s probably going through postpartum depression.”
The Drama Continued
Once OP finished telling her initial tale, she went on to add further context and update everyone on what had happened since. After the initial argument, Sarah’s mom (OP’s aunt) had apparently got involved and was angry at her for what had happened. Here’s why…
Sarah Was In a Bad Place
Remember what OP had said to Sarah at the restaurant? Well, her cousin’s boyfriend, MJ, had told her he was going to break up with his wife. But he’d lied. After doing some sleuthing on Facebook, Sarah got a major shock when she saw his wife just had had a child with MJ, and that he’d attended the birth. The only way that could have happened is if he’d got both Sarah and his wife pregnant at roughly the same time – a fact MJ confirmed when she confronted him. Far from apologetic, though, he told her he’d leave unless she got over it.
It Was Meant to Be a Secret
Unfortunately for OP, she hadn’t realized this was meant to be a secret. Sarah had decided not to tell anyone about MJ’s wife’s baby, but her mom told OP’s mom, who then told OP and her sister. Everyone was angry because nobody was meant to repeat the info – a fact OP didn’t know at the restaurant! Now it’s all anyone can talk about.
Sarah’s Holding a Grudge
But why was Sarah so rude to OP in the first place? According to her aunt, it’s partly because OP had always said she doesn’t like kids. From Sarah’s perspective, only a horrible person would think that. Oh, and OP had supposedly been rude to Sarah about her and her children recently, too…
Sarah Had Asked Too Much
OP hadn’t been rude. She simply hadn’t done what Sarah wanted. Two months prior, her cousin asked OP if she’d babysit all three of her kids so Sarah could attend a party with MJ. Unwilling to look after two naughty children and a newborn, OP had refused. OP thinks that’s why Sarah had been holding a grudge that finally showed itself at the sushi restaurant.
OP’s aunt explained that Sarah’s in a bad place after everything that had gone on with MJ and the other child. She told OP she wanted her to apologize for making it public knowledge and even got OP’s mom and sister involved. OP decided to call Sarah and apologize, to which Sarah replied “I don’t care what you have to say” before hanging up the phone.
OP Wants Everything to Blow Over
OP doesn’t seem overly upset about what happened. After all, she’d done what everyone asked of her by apologizing. She just wants the situation to blow over. But was she in the wrong in the first place? She’d turned to Reddit to find out…
Reddit’s On Her Side
OP’s story received thousands and thousands of comments and upvotes within hours of being posted to the platform. And basically everyone was on her side. Here’s what people had to say:
You’re My Spirit Animal
Many people praised OP for how she’d handled herself at the restaurant. The most upvoted comment said:
‘“You probably learned how to use chopsticks by eating his wife’s leftovers.” You are my new spirit animal.” Someone else agreed, saying, “Same what a legend. I’m not here for sitting taking other people’s **** and just being polite about it.” Another Reddit user chimed in simply with, “JERRY!! JERRY!! JERRY!!”
Depression Isn’t an Excuse
Other Reddit users suggested that, even if Sarah was suffering from post-natal depression, it wasn’t an excuse for being so horrible. One wrote, “As for cousin, hopefully she’ll rethink about dissing you next time and for mom and co., depression isn’t an excuse to **** on people.” Another person agreed, noting that “As someone who has suffered from severe PPD, I don’t recall being mean as a snake being a f****** symptom.”
Nobody Comes Off as Great
While most people supported OP, a few comments suggested that nobody in this story can really be called a hero. One wrote, “You suck least & I probably would have lost my ****, too, in your shoes (in which case I, too, would suck). Your relatives kinda had it coming but nobody else did. My God. What a dreadful scene. I feel awful for the other diners, many of whom were probably honoring Mothers Day a night early, if you are in the US. You should probably give some real consideration to avoiding being in public with these people. (Maybe avoid them altogether, they don’t sound like they bring anything good to your life).”
However, someone else disagreed with the comments about the other diners. One wrote playfully, “Nawww….if I was another diner, I would have loved it. Dinner and a free show! Win win.”
What’s Your Opinion?
So, with all that said, what do you think? OP’s off-the-cuff rebuttal to her cousin’s insults was worthy of a comedy roast, but should she have handled the situation differently? Or does the blame lay solely with her cousin, despite everything she’s going through? Drop a comment with your thoughts.
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