Man Refuses to Pay for Sister's Tuition

Gillian Sisley

Should someone ever feel entitled to the wealth of their siblings?

Student debt is a massive area of discussion and debate these days. Statistics show that the average student loan debt held by a US adult is just under $40,000.

Many continue to lament the rising cost of higher education, and its inaccessibility for many in the population. The US holds a total of $1.75 trillion in student loan debt, with a monthly average payment of $393 per payee.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a young woman expects that her brother will pay for her college tuition, and he refuses to do so after she disrespects him.

Should someone ever feel entitled to the wealth of their siblings?

A Reddit post published on June 3rd, reported on by Ashley Gale from Newsweek, has gone viral with 12,500 upvotes and 1,800 comments.

The author begins his post by explaining that his wife passed away in 2019 due to cancer. About a year afterwards, he unexpectedly got into a relationship with one of his close friends. After being together for 2 years, they chose to keep their relationship a secret other than telling their parents and some friends.

However, recently they decided to tell more people because they were expecting their first child, and they were prepared to announce the pregnancy.

Expecting people to be happy for them, the author's sister was home from college when they first made the announcement, and she spoke openly about how she was against the entire relationship and pregnancy. She went on about how the author had ‘betrayed his wife’ and clearly ‘didn't care about her’, then she accused the author of ‘cheating on his sick wife’.

Do you owe someone your generosity if they blatantly disrespect you?

The author made it clear that he had never been unfaithful in his marriage, and that his sister needed to calm down with her false accusations. When the author asked if they could have a more extensive conversation about her upset, the sister simply said that she 'doesn't associate with cheating pigs'. Shocked by these terrible things his sister was saying, the author reveals that he's been helping his sister pay for college to get her bachelor's degree.

When she called him a cheating pig, he stated that if she didn't want to be associated with him as a person then she likely wouldn't want to be associated with his money either. It was at that moment that he made it clear to her that he was cutting her off and would no longer assist with funding her education.

The author is now wondering if he was in the wrong for cutting his sister off after the terrible thing she said to him. What do you think? Is he in the wrong for damaging her future by removing funding? Or did his sister get exactly what she deserved, and if she's not going to respect her brother and his partner, then she doesn't deserve his generosity?

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