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Young Couple Opens Their Home to a Friend in Need, But His Surprising Spending Habits Threaten to Tear Their Friendship Apart.

In this gripping narrative, the Original Poster (OP) and his wife take on the financial strain of buying their first home while helping a friend escape a dire living situation. The turning point arrives when OP questions his friend’s commitment to improving his financial standing, sparking a heated conflict and unsettling revelations. Will OP stand his ground or let guilt cloud his judgment?

A New Beginning

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OP and his wife, in their mid-20s, purchase their first home, a three-bedroom house with an unfinished basement, from a family member for $300,000. Their mortgage averages $1,500 a month, with utilities costing around $300. OP, currently a part-time working student, and his wife, a full-time employee, are responsible for these payments.

The Prospect of Change

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As he approaches his final semester in college, OP considers transitioning to a full-time job to manage the mortgage payments more comfortably. He’s graduating in June and would prefer to concentrate on his studies for the last two semesters. He discusses this possibility with his wife.

The Arrival of John

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OP’s friend John, his wife Amy, and their 10-month-old child are in a terrible roommate situation and have asked to move into OP’s unfinished basement. They’ve been eager to escape their circumstances for months, even before OP bought the house. OP and his wife agree to the arrangement, planning to finish the basement to accommodate them.

Construction Commences

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OP and his wife start finishing the downstairs room and bathroom immediately to help John and his family move in by mid-October. They put themselves into further debt to speed up the process, prioritizing their friends’ needs. The plan is to have John contribute to the rent once they move in.

John’s Struggles

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John, who doesn’t have a license, is currently working with DoorDash using his mom as a driver. He frequently complains about his inability to secure a full-time job and spends most of his time streaming video games in an attempt to supplement his income. However, he isn’t putting much effort into job hunting.

An Unexpected Announcement

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Amy, who works at a small candy shop, reveals she is pregnant with their second child. John announces Amy’s decision to quit her job due to the pregnancy, which puts the financial responsibility solely on John. He promises to step up, but his actions don’t match his words.

Request for Rent Leniency

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John asks if he could pay half the rent until he finds a job, arguing he’s applying to five jobs a day and needs a break. OP agrees to give him a month free and half rent for one month thereafter but reminds John that they can’t afford any further concessions given their own financial strain.

OP’s Job Hunt Success

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OP applies to full-time positions and gets four job offers in under a week, applying to the same jobs as John with similar experience. John attributes OP’s success to luck and maintains his lackluster attitude toward his own job search, causing tension between them.

Surprising Stream Giveaways

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OP discovers John is holding expensive giveaways on his gaming streams, handing out multiple $60 games to chat winners. Confused and frustrated, OP confronts John about his spending habits, considering his inability to pay bills, only to be met with defensive behavior.

An Explosive Confrontation

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OP advises John to focus more on supporting his growing family and less on his gaming pastime. John reacts angrily, cursing and giving OP the silent treatment. This escalates the tension and causes further strain on their relationship.

Rent Leniency Denied

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John requests more than the initially agreed one month with half rent, but OP denies the request due to their own financial constraints. This decision leaves OP feeling conflicted, as he’s aware of John’s precarious situation and must consider his family’s financial security.

A Question of Integrity

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OP questions whether he is doing the right thing by denying John’s additional request. He’s torn between the need to help his friend and the financial realities of his own situation. The stakes increase as he wrestles with this moral dilemma.

A Self-Examination

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OP realizes he has been a doormat to John’s demands. Despite this introspection being a breakthrough, he still feels guilty about turning his back on his friend, especially with another child on the way. His resolve to stand firm is tested.

Was The Man’s Behavior Appropriate?

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OP posts his story online for feedback. The readers in the community forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “Don’t be guilted by the kids. Both parents are choosing to be jobless. You can’t step in and be responsible for the whole lot without drowning in debt and possibly risk losing your own home.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “Why did Amy quit her job at only two months along? It’s, of course, very possible she is high risk and needs to rest—but with their history, they just sound like lazy freeloaders.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “I also don’t understand why she needed to quit her job when she is just two months pregnant, and he has no real income.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “You’re letting him use you. This will get messy fast. You and your wife should focus on finding a roommate who can pay market rent.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.

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