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When a Prank Destroys a $20k Coat, She Takes Her Sister to Court Over Damages.

When a prank orchestrated by her niece ruins the Original Poster’s (OP’s) expensive coat, a gift from her wealthy mother-in-law, a family feud spirals out of control.

The Unexpected Gift

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OP, newly married to a wealthy man, celebrates her first Christmas with her rich in-laws during the pandemic. Her mother-in-law gifts her a lavish coat worth more than $20k. OP, unaware of the extravagant cost, initially assumes it to be a pricey yet affordable luxury.

The Realization

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While visiting her sister, OP’s niece enlightens her about the coat’s true value. Surprised by its worth, OP becomes fearful of wearing the coat, wary of potential damage. The coat is retired to the closet, seemingly safe from harm.

The Fateful Visit

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During a subsequent visit to her sister’s, OP decides to wear the coat. As she prepares to leave, she is startled by a splat on her back, followed by her niece’s laughter. The smell of paint confirms her worst fears.

The Prank Gone Wrong

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OP discovers her niece has intentionally damaged the $20k coat as part of a prank for social media.

The OP gets an alert on her phone that the niece posted a reel; it was of her ‘doing a prank,’ and she said, “I’m going to hit my aunt’s $20k coat with a paint-filled balloon to see how she reacts”.

The niece, unapologetic, is swiftly grounded by her mother, who also promises to pay for dry cleaning. OP, shaken, finds herself in possession of a ruined coat and a video recording of the prank.

The Shocking Revelation

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On returning home, OP stops at a dry cleaner and learns that her coat is beyond saving. She calls her sister, insisting that her niece should pay for the replacement. An argument ensues, with the sister refusing to take financial responsibility.

A Standoff

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OP’s sister suggests that OP’s wealthy husband should buy her a new coat, refusing to sell her daughter’s car to repay the cost. OP remains adamant that they should be responsible for replacing the coat, causing tension to rise. The family relationship starts to fracture.

The Legal Threat

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Unable to reach an agreement, OP threatens to sue her sister, stating she has video evidence of her niece’s destructive prank. The niece had both intentionally damaged the coat and knew its value. The threat of legal action further intensifies the conflict.

The Splitting Opinion

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As the story goes viral around the OP’s network of friends and family, the dilemma splits the opinions of those around her. Some blame her for owning such an expensive item, others sympathize with her loss, while some blame her sister and niece for refusing to replace the coat. The controversy surrounding the coat escalates, creating a divide among family and friends.

The Social Media Fallout

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The niece’s prank video, though quickly taken down, begins to circulate on social media and is already saved by the OP. The fallout from the prank intensifies as views increase. Public opinion becomes a new battleground in the conflict over the coat.

The Husband’s Dilemma

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OP’s husband is caught in the crossfire. He is torn between supporting his wife’s quest for justice and maintaining peace within the family. His decision becomes a key factor in the unfolding drama.

The In-Law Intervention

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The mother-in-law, the original giver of the coat, steps in. She’s torn between her son’s marital peace and the responsibility of her grandchild. The situation becomes increasingly complex with more stakeholders involved. Mother-in-law offers to buy a new coat, but the wheels are already in motion, with the OP refusing to step down.

The Public Apology

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The niece takes to social media, issuing a public apology for her actions. Her maturity and acceptance of responsibility win her some public sympathy. It’s a small step towards redemption and healing for the family.

The Courtroom Clash

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The dispute eventually ends in a lawsuit, as the OP intends to make the niece pay and has her video evidence to support her claim. The fate of the coat and the strained relationships hangs in the balance.

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, “This is a really good way for your niece to learn that actions have consequences and hopefully will serve her well in the future when she’s older.”

Another responder wrote: “She ruined a $20k coat. She wasn’t even apologetic.”

A different person states, “She knew precisely what she was doing and deserves to now learn exquisite consequences of her horrid actions.”

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 this thread.

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Alexander Veros

Alex is a writer for Top Dollar Investor, focusing on lifestyle, travel, and business stories. Alex has started several online businesses and is a blogger who loves providing quality content to help others. He is passionate about affiliate marketing, finance, and cryptocurrency.

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