A ‘wealthy’ man’s ‘cheap’ gift for his girlfriend was slammed: ‘very demeaning’

Online commentators slammed a “wealthy” man who gave his girlfriend a “cheap” gift on a recent family outing.

The man’s friend, u/aita-bfwiwowoeoe, shared the story on the Am I The A**hole (AITA) Reddit forum last week. It received 8,400 upvotes and over 1,600 comments criticizing the “degrading” gift. You can read the full post here.

In her post, the 21-year-old said the “humiliating” moment happened on her boyfriend’s parents’ yacht.

“Eventually everyone [sat] down together, and my friend [brought] gifts out. His parents and siblings and their significant others got things like watches, dresses, fine wines and other obviously expensive things,” she said.

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Online commentators slammed a “rich” man who gave his girlfriend a “cheap” gift on a family outing.
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“When he came to me, he gave me one of these plastic bracelets [his] company name on it. You can get these for free at the company’s headquarters,” she continued.

Though she said she was “embarrassed,” she didn’t want to be “rude,” so she thanked him for the bracelet and waited until they were alone to ask for it.

“When we walked in I asked my boyfriend what that was for and he told me to be thankful and stop complaining because he always gives me nice gifts, which is true…[but] I think what he did was very humiliating. He couldn’t have gotten me a present at all and that would have been less humiliating,” she wrote.

When she confronted her boyfriend again about the gift a few days later, he admitted he originally planned something much bigger, which ultimately turned out to be a scam.

“He actually managed to arrange a date with me and this adorable cat I follow on TikTok…but the owner backed out at the last minute even after charging a ton,” she said, adding that, when he realized he had been “cheated,” it was too late to get her another gift.

online fraud

According to an analysis of FBI data by fraud prevention firm SEON, younger generations are falling victim to online scams “at a higher rate than ever before,” CNBC reported.

SEON found that about 23,000 people under the age of 20 reported fraud in 2020, a 116 percent increase from 2019. The group’s collective losses totaled nearly $71 million, or about $3,000 per person, according to CNBC. Additionally, in the same year, 70,791 people in their 20s reported fraud with an average loss of $2,789 per person.

“The trend is clear that cheating doesn’t discriminate based on age and that digital-first doesn’t make you immune to cheating,” SEON product evangelist Gergo Varga said via CNBC.

Speak with The IndependentRoss Martin, Head of Digital Security at Barclays, said anyone, regardless of age, can be a victim of fraud.

“Unfortunately, scammers do not discriminate when it comes to cheating and everyone, regardless of age, is vulnerable to them. The reality is that if you don’t think you’ll ever be scammed, you’re the ideal victim.”

Redditors respond

u/aita-bfwiwowoeoe has since forgiven her boyfriend for the whole ordeal but said at the time she was really upset. Many Redditors said she had every right to be unhappy, and some even said that if the gift was a misunderstanding – which it was – he wasn’t right to respond the way he did.

“I say NTA [not the a**hole] In this case, it’s not just about the physical objects; It’s about showing the person how much you appreciate them,” said u/GuyYouMetOnline. “Of course it’s also possible that he completely forgot to get you something and tried to hide that fact, but that’s not okay either. Being honest in a situation like this is much better.”

“I’m not a materialistic person. I pay more attention to the complexity of the gift than to the price. However, it is clear that he made absolutely no effort to get your gift. NTA,” wrote u/alexxmcn.

u/Objective-Mention126 added: “He could have literally got you a box of chocolates. Or nothing, nothing would have been better.”

news week asked u/aita-bfwiwowoeoe for a comment.

Other ‘AITA’ stories

A woman received viral support Thursday for forcing her ex to cancel his business trip to look after her son.

On Wednesday, online commentators slammed a couple for refusing to hire their son’s birth mother to babysit.

And a man stunned Redditors on Tuesday after explaining he wants to bill his 8-year-old stepson for the rent.

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Rick Schindler

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