Father dragged Meltdown to breakfast over scrambled egg costs: “Red Flag”

Members of a popular internet forum sternly warned a mother who was severely punished for using too many eggs while cooking her family’s breakfast.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/AmITeA**hole, Redditor u/throwaway4eggs (aka the original poster or OP) said she’s noticed that her husband has been unpredictable with money lately, and described the heated aftermath of her fateful decision to cook as many eggs as there are mouths to feed.

Captioned: “[Am I the a**hole] for whisking 4 eggs instead of 2 like my husband wanted?” The post has received nearly 8,500 upvotes and 2,500 comments in the last nine hours.

“I am a [stay-at-home-mom] with 2 children”, OP began. “Her father is the only breadwinner in the house.”

The original poster went on to explain that her husband is financially responsible for all of the family’s bills, including groceries, and said he’s had a “firmer grip” on expenses lately and has become angry over small issues, like doing laundry too often or consuming too much of a cleanser.

The original poster also said she was preparing breakfast for the family of four yesterday when all hell broke loose.

“I made breakfast for him and the kids and made 4 eggs scrambled,” OP wrote. “He came to the table … and started hitting me and called me [irresponsible] for not using 2 eggs.

“I called him unreasonable because … the kids wouldn’t get enough,” OP continued. “He was screaming and telling me to remember that he’s the one who’s expected to pay for all of this.

“He called me childish and immature for ‘sulking’ when he was just being honest and direct with me,” OP added. “I ended up just having coffee for breakfast and he went to work without speaking to me.”

For families across the United States, groceries break the bank.

Despite increasingly stable inflation rates and lower prices at the pump, the cost of eating out in America is skyrocketing.

Earlier this month, data released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the food price index rose 11.4 percent last year, the largest 12-month rise since 1979.

The Food-at-Home Index, which measures price changes at grocery stores, is also up 13.5 percent, marking a 43-year high.

With all six of the major grocery store food group indexes skyrocketing, staples like meat, fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables now rank high. And eggs are nearly 40 percent more expensive than this time last year, according to CNBC.

Not surprisingly, these price hikes have forced many families to change their grocery shopping habits and put more strain than ever on resources once taken for granted.

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Carton of eggs smashed on the floor. Members of Reddit’s r/AmITeA**hole forum defended a mother who used four eggs to cook breakfast for her family of four, despite her husband’s explosive objection.
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But while buying less groceries is the only option for many households, Redditors responding to the viral Reddit post urged the original poster to confront her husband about the potential financial problems their family is facing in order to to forge a united front and pull them out of the proverbial darkness when money is at stake.

“Your husband is broke and doesn’t know how to tell you,” wrote Redditor u/hyenaaazx in the top comment of the post, which received almost 24,000 upvotes. “Inflation is real and the price of eggs has gone up – be kind and understand the pressure this is putting on people.”

“[He’s] totally stressed out about it,” chimed in Redditor u/Sidneyreb, receiving nearly 10,000 upvotes.

“And don’t know how to tell you that he can’t afford you to be a [stay-at-home-mom]’ speculated Redditor u/Jazzlike-Squirrel116, receiving more than 7,500 upvotes.

Redditor u/nana_noname, whose comment has received nearly 6,000 upvotes, gave a similar response, advising OP to investigate what is actually happening in their household.

“The problem here is clearly not the eggs,” they claimed. “You need to have an honest conversation with your husband about extreme budgeting and understand if there are hidden financial problems.”

“You’re feeding 2 adults and 2…kids – even 4 eggs is tight,” interjected Redditor u/MistressEvie420. “As it appears [you] need to sit down and discuss finances.”

“Major Red Flags,” added Redditor u/PreviousMood3563. “Sounds like money problems.”

news week contacted u/throwaway4eggs for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/dad-dragged-breakfast-meltdown-over-cost-scrambled-eggs-red-flag-1745154 Father dragged Meltdown to breakfast over scrambled egg costs: “Red Flag”

Rick Schindler

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