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Dad promises to take son to football game; sells tickets for big profit instead. AITA?

Dad promises to take son to football game; sells tickets for big profit instead. AITA?

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'AITA for selling our Eagles playoff tickets to my boss instead of taking my son?'

I grew up in Jersey and am a huge birds fan. I promised my son that if they got into the playoffs we would go this year. I bought my tickets as soon as they sealed home-field advantage. Son was very excited (though we are going through an issue with him texting me back--so i was a little irritated at his response).

My boss is also an Eagles fan and he offered me 5 times as much as I paid for the tickets. I could not help but sell them. It's just way to good of a deal. My son's mom just called me saying I broke his heart 'again.' I tried to call and text him to explain my side but he's not taking the call.

One hand I'm a responsible adult who recovered money I spent that I didn't really have to spend--and got a little extra. On the other hand I'm a deadbeat father who constantly disappoints his kid. AITA?

Edit to add: we don't live in Philly. We live in Phoenix and would have had to travel.

Here's what people had to say:

Crafter_2307 writes:

Not surprised he doesn’t want to talk to you if you keep letting him down like this. I wouldn’t want to speak to you either.

flyigsfly OP:

I see him every other weekend. We don't get that much time together.

No_Bodybuilder8055 writes:

Is that your choice? Why not fight for more custody?

flyigsfly OP:

unfortunately i just can't right now, trust me i would if I could.

BardicLasher writes:

YTA. You made a promise, you broke it. Open and shut. Did you at least spend some of that money on another gift for your son?

flyigsfly OP:

he's got plenty of 'things' I'll do something else nice for him.

HeatherKiwi writes:

YTA. You made a promise to your son and could have made a core memory with him but instead you opted to care more about money. Please spend the money on him instead of keeping it for yourself since you broke your promise.

flyigsfly OP:

I would but he doesn't text or call me back for hours or days even. It's very frustrating and I feel he's being influenced by his mom.

Aita_Browser writes:

Sorry to break it to you. His mom 9/10 has nothing to do with it. Why would he want to respond? You admit you’re generally a disappointment. He’s likely picked up on that.

flyigsfly OP:

I'm a great dad man, I'll go to the grave knowing this. I got a s$%t hand with his mom but that doesn't take away that I'm a great father.

HeatherKiwi writes:

If he is a teen he probably has his own life and friends, do you even make an effort to see him or do you just wait for him to contact you? How often do you even see your son?

flyigsfly OP:

he's 11

AmandaLeebz writes:

NTA you made your money back and don’t have to travel. Watch the game on your tv and have a football meal planned out so you guys can watch the show from the comfort of your home. Soda, wings, pizza, chips, the whole 9-yards.

flyigsfly OP:

yeah for sure! its almost always better to watch games at home anyways.

HeatherKiwi writes:

YTA. You made a promise to your son and could have made a core memory with him but instead you opted to care more about money. Please spend the money on him instead of keeping it for yourself since you broke your promise.

godofmids writes:

My dad bought tickets for the two of us to see Foo Fighters and Weezer in 2006, but he took a friend from work instead. I was 16, and I still think about that

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