Reddit user CattFen recently shared how her New Year's party took a disastrous turn when her 9-year-old nephew decided to go wild in her painting studio.
Not everyone is cut out for "aww..." moment when they see kids. Some of us simply do not enjoy hanging around with tiny humans whose brains haven't reached full potential. Most of them are painfully loud, annoying, ill-mannered, short-tempered, low-key evil, and have absolutely no sense of boundaries. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, it is humanly impossible to avoid them all the time. We're forced to slap on a smile and be a part of our loved ones' kids and more often than not, end up deeply regretting it. Reddit user CattFen recently shared how her New Year's party took a disastrous turn when her 9-year-old nephew decided to go wild at her painting studio.
Taking to the r/AmItheAsshole Reddit community, u/CattFen wrote, "Backstory, I'm 26 and a fairly successful artist. My sister, 'Lucy' (24) and her child 'Ethan' (9) were at my house during a late New Years celebration. I had a sign posted on my art studio saying 'DO NOT ENTER' and specifically made it clear to all guests that nobody was to enter that room. I'd also like to note that all my guests were asked to leave their kids at home as this was for ADULTS but 'Lucy' couldn't do that because she couldn't find a sitter."
The 26-year-old artist revealed that even though she hadn't planned on having kids at her party, she set up her boyfriend's PS4 for Ethan so that he wouldn't be bored. However, little Ethan had other plans for the evening. "It’s 10 pm, and I hear a loud crash from my studio, I run up and see paint all over my recent work that so far had taken 15 hours to do. Ethan was sat there laughing, rubbing paint into my work, it’s now unsalvageable and I have to restart the work, as it was a specific request from a client. Which also puts me behind for the rest of my work now," the Redditor wrote.
Understandably upset about her ruined New Year's party and destroyed painting, she immediately asked her sister and nephew to leave. The next day, the artist called up her sister to break the news that she'd be charged about $3280 for Ethan's "boy gone wild" episode. However, that talk didn't quite go the way she'd hoped. "I immediately asked Ethan and Lucy to leave, and the next day I sent her a bill for the work. £2500 (which is LOWER than I would’ve gotten for the work anyway). She’s absolutely screaming about it, the whole family is divided. My mom hates me, my dad completely agrees with me. Surprise, my dad is an artist, my mum is more ‘smart smart’. My sister's husband agrees with me," u/CattFen revealed.
"I will admittedly say, I don’t enjoy kids. Or their company. But I’ve always been a great auntie, presents at Christmas, gifts from vacation, everything he’s wanted," the Redditor added, asking others on the platform whether she was wrong for charging her sister for what her nephew did. Responding to questions and comments from fellow Redditors, she revealed that Ethan had actually done a great deal more than just ruin one painting. The 9-year-old apparently spoiled about $2k worth of acrylic paint by squirting them all over the studio, which mildly damaged other paintings as well.
Redditors were quick to jump to u/CattFen's support, declaring her not at fault for expecting compensation. NTA. A) kids weren’t welcome at your event. She CHOSE to bring her child. B) you CLEARLY marked off the room. C) she wasn’t supervising her child, which is how he was able to gain entrance to a blocked off room and destroy your WORK. D). The kid is NINE. Not a toddler. Well into the age to differentiate right from wrong. You absolutely deserve to be compensated for your work, u/Stlrivergirl wrote.