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Woman returns husband's birthday gift to pay daughter money he 'owes' her.

Woman returns husband's birthday gift to pay daughter money he 'owes' her.

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AITA for returning my husband's birthday gift to pay for the birthday cake my daughter baked after he refused to pay her?

My daughter (16) has a thing for baking. She bakes cakes and some sweets. She makes money by selling her work to relatives, friends and supposedly us!

My husband's (her stepdad's) 45th birthday took place a few days ago. He asked my daughter to bake him the birthday cake and she agreed. I told him about paying her, to which he responded 'pfff pay her? Get outta here, I'm her dad!'

I insisted he pay, saying she's 'a yes' person, and a people's pleaser, so she won't outright demand the money from him. He said he'd pay, but days went by and he didn't pay her a cent.

I decided to go ahead and sell the wrist watch I bought him as his birthday present, and pay her with that money. He found out and went off on me. I told him he had had enough time to pay her, and he should have paid her even before he received the cake.

He said that I was teaching her to treat familial relationship as 'transactional,' and raising her to be 'materialistic.' I explained to him that the time, effort, and even the money she put towards making the cake was significant, but he lashed out calling me an a**hole for raising my daughter to expect so much from family.

He's furious and told the whole family about how I took back his birthday gift and returned it. I got enough shame from family members to begin to think that I might be an a**hole for how I dealt with this.

AITA? Ya'll, my daughter did want and expect to be paid. If she intended for it to be for free then I would have kept my mouth shut. And also the wristwatch isn't expensive. I kept the rest of the money after giving my daughter her share.

INFO:

dwotw asks:

Did she spend her own money to make this cake? Was she fine with making the cake without getting payment?

F54tughi556 OP's response:

Yes, what she gets from me not him.

SciFiChickie asks:

Have you talked to your daughter, did she want to be paid? I ask because if my step asked me to make a cake for their birthday, I would consider it my gift, and wouldn’t expect to be paid.

F54tughi556 OP's response:

Yes of course she did. She said it herself but did not say it to him directly.

Here's what people think:

IrelandsFire says:

Why the heck should he pay his own stepdaughter to make him a cake for his birthday? I really don’t get it. Why is everyone making it such a big business transaction when it should just be a stepdaughter making SD a cake because she cares about him? I mean if anything she could use it as like.. publicity for her baking on social media. YTA

pzilla31 says:

YTA imagine having to pay your own family on your birthday to have them make you a cake. No one cares enough about him to at least bake him a cake or pay for it. Wow. Somehow if the step dad stumbles across this thread: get out now while you can, you deserve better!

todayithinkthis says:

I’m making a pan of lasagne for my son’s birthday tomorrow. I guess I’m supposed to charge him for it? Weird.

BoozeIsFoods says:

YTA... Why is this even a question? You should have offered to pay for the cake if money was an issue - IT'S HIS BIRTHDAY

Sources: Reddit
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