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Couple Was Gifted Round-Trip Tickets as a Wedding Present, But When They Try to Redeem Them They Are Shocked to Learn They’re Not Valid.

In this gripping narrative, the Original Poster (OP) and his wife find themselves entangled in a familial and legal battle over a seemingly generous wedding gift that promises air travel. The conflict escalates to a public level, resulting in an intense climax, but will justice prevail?

A Fortunate Union

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OP and his wife embark on a new chapter of their lives as they tie the knot. As a wedding gift, the bride’s brother, a prominent employee of a major US airline, generously gifts them two round-trip tickets to any location within the 48 continental states. The couple is overjoyed, with no expiration date mentioned; they plan to use them at their own leisure.

A Brother’s Rise

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In the following years, the brother-in-law achieves significant professional success. He secures a promotion within the airline and becomes a respected union representative, quickly rising to prominence among his colleagues. His increased power and responsibility seem to bring security to his initial gift, or so OP thought.

A Friend in Need

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The couple’s close friend is in a predicament and wishes to move back to their city. Seeing an opportunity to help, OP and his wife decide to exchange their voucher for two round-trip tickets for just one single one-way flight to assist their friend. Six months before the proposed flight, they approached the brother-in-law with their request.

The Shocking Rejection

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To their surprise, the brother-in-law refuses their request. Claiming he can neither provide the tickets initially promised nor any alternative, he seems to be retracting his wedding gift. The couple is left in disbelief, especially as they recall his recent trips on the airline to California and Florida.

The Demand for Recompense

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Frustrated, OP demands a cash equivalent of $1,600, the cost of two round-trip tickets to Vegas, their initially planned destination. He also stipulates that after this transaction, they prefer to cut off any communication. This financial demand proves to be another twist in the escalating conflict.

A Family Feud

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Instead of acquiescing, the brother-in-law vehemently criticizes OP and his wife for their entire family. He portrays them as ungrateful and unreasonable, further escalating the conflict. Suddenly, OP finds himself demonized, his request for the promised gift twisted into a perceived act of greed.

Fallout and Isolation

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The family, swayed by the brother-in-law’s accusations, turns against OP and his wife. The couple finds themselves isolated and misunderstood within their own family circle. The rift grows wider, turning a simple request into a severe familial strain.

The Hidden Secret

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During the family arguments, it was revealed that the brother-in-law had been misusing his company’s resources for personal trips. This revelation exposes a new layer of his duplicity, tarnishing his reputation within the family and the airline. The tides of sympathy start to shift, bringing unexpected twists in the family dynamics.

The Friend’s Departure

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OP’s friend, unable to afford his move, decides to stay put. The couple is heartbroken; their attempt to help a friend has indirectly led to more disappointment. The web of events has left their relationships, both familial and friendly, strained.

The Final Resolution

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With no resolution in sight, OP and his wife finally retreat in acceptance that the gift was never given in good faith. OP is resolved to cut off communication with his brother-in-law for good. While his wife thinks that act may go a bit too far.

Critical Update: A New Update to The Story

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After our initial story is published, new evidence comes to light to further expand on the OP’s struggle. Details emerge that the gift had been given over two years ago, and the brother claims he was no longer in a position to be able to still offer that perk with his current position. With this new evidence submitted, does it change how readers consider the OP’s actions?

Was The Man’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, “Two years? It’s common sense he wouldn’t honor things for that long. Then you told your wife’s brother never to talk to you again over a wedding gift?”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote: “So years ago, he offered you two tickets which you never used. Now you want to have him pay for someone else’s plane tickets, and he tells you he can’t do that, so you demand $1,600 and no further contact with your wife’s brother? You’re entitled.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person states, “You chose not to use the gift in a timely manner. You were further a bit of a jerk by asking him to fly your friend instead – your BIL was trying to give you and your wife a vacation, not make it easier for someone he didn’t know to move. You were also ridiculously out of line asking for $1,600 for something that was way below that in value.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another viewpoint on the story: “Demanding your brother-in-law send you $1600 and then “never talk to us again” was way out of line. Domestic flights to Vegas don’t even cost that much. He doesn’t owe you a huge cash gift just because he’s successful and offered you free tickets at one point long ago. Sounds like he was planning on gifting your free tickets from work, but he doesn’t currently have any, or they’re only for family, so your friends are not eligible.”

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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