The girl initially thought she did the right thing by demanding her sweater back from someone who needed it more than her.
Children sometimes get worked up by their parents' actions. Especially when one's mother or father doesn't ask the child's permission before sneaking into their stuff, it drives the kids up the wall. Posting one such incident on Reddit, u/Dry_Layer_1441 expressed her concern over her mom's insensitive action. When the girl's mom donated her favorite sweater without her knowledge, she confronted the person to whom it was donated and asked for the sweater back. But people did not take it lightly and pointed out that everyone was at fault here. Her reaction to other people's opinions was unexpectedly wholesome.
The girl owned a sweater made by her late paternal grandmother but her mom hated it and didn't let her wear it outside the house. The sweater with brown, blue and white colors on it was too special to the girl, as it reminded her of her grandma's warmth. One day she found the sweater missing and her mom insisted that she might've misplaced it. "I go to school and this girl, who's known as the quiet kid, was wearing my sweater in the cafeteria. So I naturally go up to her and confront her," she wrote. The popular girl and her friends seemed to be quite intimidating to the quiet girl, whom she later referred to as 'Emma,' so when asked about how she got that sweater, the girl hesitantly said that she got it from the church.
After getting Emma a new sweater and other things that she wanted, the sweater's actual owner managed to get it back and wear it home. "My mom was unhappy to see it. She looked shocked and angry and told me that she couldn't believe that I was so obsessed with that hideous thing that I'd even take it from somebody in need to whom she donated it," she mentioned and added, "I replied that she had no right to steal and donate my personal belongings." The angry mom said that as long as the daughter lived under her roof, she couldn't question her actions and that her allowance would be reduced if she didn't return the sweater. The girl was ready to give back the sweater but was disheartened by the thought of it.
"You didn’t treat that other student respectfully. It was fine for you to retrieve it and stand up to your mom. Watch how you treat others. Apologize to the other student despite replacing the sweater. Also, get your pals to do that too," commented u/lavasca. "Look, we know why your mom sucks. But you have to see how a 'popular girl and her friends make girl feel bad about accepting donated clothes' is not a good look," pointed out u/GoldenFrog14. "Your mother is controlling and manipulative and had no right to donate items that weren't hers. But you really could have handled the situation with the other girl much better. Rather than just confronting her in public like that you should have asked to talk to her in private, explained the situation and then made your offer to replace the sweater with something new," wrote u/QandiCat.
They say that the best apology is to change behavior. On receiving hundreds of comments about how not just the mother but also the daughter was at fault for nearly bullying Emma, the girl decided to make up for her insensitive behavior. She updated her post explaining that she apologized to Emma and explained the sweater's backstory. Emma, who also was close to her grandmother, could relate to the girl's connection to the sweater and accepted her apology, after which the girls had a great time at lunch together.