Thousands of internet commentators were left stunned after a 25-year-old detailed his girlfriend’s reaction to learning of their substantial wealth.
In a viral Reddit post posted to r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/gfis2mad said their family was “quietly wealthy” but assured they made a conscious effort not to post it. The Redditor also shared how their sister recently revealed the family’s wealth to their girlfriend.
Titled “AITA for getting mad at my sister for telling my girlfriend about our family’s wealth,” the viral post received 8.4,000 votes and 2.1,000 comments in just 9 hours.
Explaining that their family generally makes sure they “spend money on experiences rather than things,” u/gfis2mad said their girlfriend learned how much money they had by making shopping with their sister.
“Apparently [my sister] flashed my dad’s credit card and told the salesman how much money she needed to spend,” the Redditor wrote. “My girlfriend was shocked.”
“We had a huge discussion and ended up fighting about it,” they added. “She was shocked to see roughly how much money we had and told me I was a little selfish for not mentioning it when she had college and medical debts.”
In the US, student loan debt stands at $1.75 trillion and, according to Education Data, is growing six times faster than the US economy.
Despite the seemingly endless political commentary surrounding its elimination, more than 43 million former and current students face federal student loan debt. When Americans with private and federal student loan debt are included, that figure jumps to 44.7 million, per Nitro.
For those 43 million Americans, Education Data reported that the average federal student loan debt balance is $37,113. For those facing private student loan debt, the average balance also jumps to $40,904.
With nearly a quarter of Americans facing student loan debt and a recent Debt.com survey which found that 50% of Americans also face some form of medical debt, people across the country are struggling to meet their daily needs. base, while ensuring the follow-up of the various reimbursements.
Although My Bank Tracker recommends that couples in long-term relationships consider helping each other with student loan debt to improve credit, the independent financial comparison website also warns of the potential dangers involved. to this decision.
“Unfortunately, when you give someone money to pay off their student loans…there’s no guarantee they’ll pay you back,” the site reads. “That’s what makes it risky to help a partner repay their loans. You could give your partner thousands of dollars to help you with loans, but never get anything in return.”
In their original Reddit post, u/gfis2mad said they had recently started considering helping their girlfriend with her student and medical debts, but acknowledged that their sister’s neglect had dramatically accelerated the timeline.
“It all happened a little too soon,” they wrote.
Commenters responding to the viral post were less sympathetic and took aim at the original poster’s girlfriend for insinuating that her partner should be responsible for his debt just because they are wealthy.
In the top comment of the post, which received nearly 20,000 votes, Redditor u/NUT-me-SHELL told the original poster that their girlfriend’s reaction to their wealth could be a potential red flag.
“The biggest con** here is your girlfriend for assuming that because you come from a wealthy family you have to pay her debt,” they commented. “Is that really the kind of person you want to have a relationship with?”
Redditor u/DanDan_notaman, whose comment received 5,000 votes, echoed the same sentiment.
“Your parents’ money has nothing and never will have anything to do with his college and medical debts,” they wrote.
Receiving over 2,800 votes, Redditor u/abrokeinheart offered a fiery response to the original poster.
“Sorry, she wants YOU to pay off her debt?” Just because your family is rich? they wondered.
“The audacity and the right she has,” they added. “Your and your family’s finances are really none of his business unless you all get married.”