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She Was Asked to Attend Her Rich Roommate’s Family Vacation, But Little Did She Know They Wanted Her to Be Their Servant.

An unexpected vacation invitation from her college roommate leads the Original Poster (OP) into a world of wealth, privilege, and deeply ingrained traditional values; she finds herself unexpectedly thrust into the role of an unpaid domestic servant.

Unlikely Invitation

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OP gets an unexpected invitation from her rich college roommate, Meg, to join her on a family vacation. Although it feels awkward going away with Meg’s family, OP is grateful for the opportunity. She decides to save money for her own food and activities and plans to treat Meg’s family to dinner as a token of appreciation.

The Family Party

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Once at the airport, OP finds out it’s not just Meg and her parents but also her three brothers and two of her father’s friends. OP starts feeling uncomfortable and out of place when she realizes she’s the only one who didn’t get a first-class ticket. She decides to swallow her discomfort and not argue over a free ticket.

The Cooking Dilemma

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On the first night, OP learns that Meg’s family plans to cook at the resort kitchen during their stay. To her surprise, it turns out that OP and Meg are expected to do all the cooking due to Meg’s family’s traditional views on gender roles. This becomes a problem as OP can’t cook well, especially not for nine people.

The Culinary Disaster

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OP tries her best to cook but screws up by undercooking the chicken and overcooking the steak. Meg’s dad gets angry at her for messing up the food. In response, OP retorts that if he knew better, he could help instead of just criticizing.

A Tense Confrontation

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The argument escalates, and OP, frustrated, refers to herself as an “unpaid domestic servant.” This angers Meg’s family and her dad’s friends, who start yelling at her. The situation becomes so intense that Meg’s dad asks her to leave their suite and go home.

The Uncertain Departure

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Left with no choice, OP leaves the suite. However, she is uncertain about her journey back home, given that she was not offered any assistance in making arrangements. She contacts the airline to ensure no one else can modify or cancel her ticket without her consent.

Unexpected Sanctuary

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OP approaches the resort desk, explaining her sudden need for accommodation at the airport. Luckily, she finds an affordable room due to a weekday discount. This allows her to have her own space and still have money left for sightseeing and other activities and not need to rearrange her flights to leave immediately.

Solo Adventures

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For the next three days, OP enjoys her time by going sightseeing and relaxing on the beach. She manages to turn her predicament into an opportunity for a solo vacation. She indulges in local activities and finds peace and relaxation away from Meg’s family.

An Awkward Reunion

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While OP is on the beach, she unexpectedly runs into Meg’s parents. They are taken aback to see her, as they had assumed she had gone home. OP informs them she decided to stay, much to their surprise.

Accusations and Misunderstandings

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Meg’s parents confront OP, accusing her of deceiving them into paying for her flights while she could actually afford a vacation. They are upset because they believe she used their generosity to her advantage. OP is taken aback by their accusations but stands her ground.

A Surprise Ally

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One of Meg’s brothers, previously silent, steps in to defend OP, stating that their father was unreasonable in his expectations and behavior. This is an unexpected turn of events that leaves Meg’s parents speechless. This support offers OP a brief moment of vindication.

Meg’s Revelation

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Meg confronts her family about their behavior towards OP. She admits that she was aware of their traditional expectations but didn’t inform OP, feeling guilty and regretful. This causes a ripple of surprise and tension within the family.

The Family Feud

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The confrontation leads to a larger family argument, revealing deeper issues about their dynamics and values. The discussion becomes heated as everyone begins airing their grievances.

A Bittersweet Farewell

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With tensions high, OP decides it’s best to leave the trip early. She makes arrangements for an early flight back home, leaving behind the drama and tension. While the trip didn’t go as planned, she leaves with a sense of relief, eager to return to her own life and away from Meg’s family drama.

Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?

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The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responded

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One reader said, “Meg is not your friend; she definitely knew the situation she was putting you in and didn’t think to give you a rundown before asking you to join.”

Another Viewpoint

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Another responder wrote: “That is literally insane. Who takes someone to another country and then just abandons them there?”

A Different Perspective

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A different person states, “Meg’s family may have money, but they have no class.”

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 Reddit thread.

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