15 Of Reddit's Most Controversial Stories Of 2022 That Summoned The Internet's Biggest Angry Mobs (2024)

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    Girlfriend Refuses To Sell Her Horse

    From Redditor u/nohorsethrow:

    Me (24F) and my boyfriend (26) have been dating for around nine months.

    I’ve been riding horses since around 4 years old when I started taking lessons. When I was 10 I started helping out this girl at the stable with her horse Lady. At 12… she had to sell due to time/interest and asked if me and my parents wanted to buy Lady. Luckily for me, my parents were able to buy her and she’s been mine ever since. She’s my bestest friend and I love her a lot.

    When I started to date my bf I was very honest with the fact that my horse takes a lot of time, and he was fine with this. When single I could spend like three to four hours a day in the stable, but as we started dating I cut this down… [t]o about three hours every other day as this is roughly how long it takes for me to do all the cleaning/preparing food/riding. Also, most of my friends are at the stable, which obviously means this is also social for me. The other days I would not ride and try to spend less time talking, which would make it about an hour. After about six months he told me I spent too much time at the stable and I should prioritize my relationship more, and somehow his family got involved and [said[ it was strange to prioritize the way I did. I wasn’t comfortable with this, but I am a bit of a pushover, so I agreed.

    At first this meant cutting down time at the stable, but it has evolved into cutting down riding days. Now I ride about two days a week and the rest I’m simply there to do the basics. All of this as quickly as I can because otherwise I know he’ll be annoyed and pissed off for days and give me the silent treatment. I know my horse isn’t really suffering from not being ridden as often as before, but I still feel very guilty that I’m always rushing around her.

    Then last night he told me it was time to sell Lady. I laughed at him and asked if he was serious. He was. I told him no, and he said I needed to start prioritizing this relationship more, and I said I’ve done nothing but prioritize this relationship. We argued about it, and he apparently thinks I can just put her down as she’s old anyways. I was furious at this and told him that was absolutely not happening and I would never sell her. He said that any reasonable person would sell or put down their horse in favor of their boyfriend, and the only reason I wouldn’t is because I only hang out with other insane horse people.

    15,639 votes

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    Their Husband Wants Them To Sign Something Blindfolded

    From Redditor u/ThrowRAissuesRA:

    Ever since I got out of the hospital for chronic problems, my husband has been introducing me to some games every evening. One game used to be about doing things while my eyes are blindfolded - involving puzzles, ruby's cube, shaped objects… We'd take turns to do it just for entertainment.

    Just a couple of days ago, he's been trying to get me to sign papers while wearing a blindfold. I refused to do it because he never lets me take a look at what I'm signing, neither before or after. He says that he was just trying to see if I could leave the same signature every time I sign, but I couldn't help feel uncomfortable. I told him I don't want to play this game unless and until he shows me the papers first; he said "never mind then" and stopped bringing it up.

    Last night, he tried to convince me to give it a try and even volunteered to go first, I asked if he was going to show me what I was going to sign… [H]e made a face and said no, it's the rules and I should respect them. I refused and he kept on about how I keep acting worried and suspicious for no reason. He said I clearly don't trust him and he was hurt by finding that out now after everything we been through. We had an argument and I told him to drop it and not bring it up again, period. He was mad despite saying it was no big deal; he was obviously upset with me and kept talking about how I don't trust him and that I was out of line to assume or suspect anything from him like this. I might be paranoid, but I couldn't help it. I do think I was ta to him after he stood by my side when my own family didn't even visit.

    12,920 votes

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    When Her Husband Didn't Save Her A Seat She Got A Whole Other Table

    From Redditor u/Throwawaydinner344:

    I'll start this off by saying that I (F32) have been with my husband… (M39) for three years, married for one. His mom has a habit of keeping me out of most of their functions with the excuse of "you work too much". Not true, because sometimes I do make myself available… yet find myself excluded.

    Last week [h]is mom invited us for a celebratory dinner at the restaurant after she completed her recovery… I let her and everyone know that I'd be there at 8 pm. [My husband] obviously knew I was coming.

    Thing is, when I arrived to the restaurant I saw that the table was full. All chairs had been taken and I just stood there with complete puzzlement while [my husband] and his mom just stared at me. His mom then told me there was no place left for me and that I could either have [my husband] get up and take his seat or… go home.

    I was so upset, but instead of going home I just went and took an entire table for me. [My husband] and his mom watched with their eyes popping out of their heads like they saw something so shocking... NGL I did get weird looks from the guests, but so did [my husband] and his mom. It was awkward in all honesty.

    I had my dinner, dessert, then went home. I saw [my husband] and his mom staring grudgingly while I was making my way out. He got home an hour later and yelled, saying I embarrassed his mom in front of her guests. I yelled, asking WTF was I supposed to do after I got denied a seat, and he told me that it wasn't his nor his mom's fault guests arrived "before" me and took all the available chairs. I told him he could've saved me a chair!!!!!. He said that I could've just left instead, and reminded me that I was a "guest" and that I shouldn't expect this level of entitlement to be “accepted.” He then went on about how I ruined the entire dinner for him and his mom with what I did and has been pouting about it for days now.

    I don't get it, I really don't. Was my expectation really that entitled? I mean, as his wife he should've saved me a seat. But clearly I'm missing something here.

    16,845 votes

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    They Gave Their Mother-In-Law A Fake House Key And Exposed Her

    From Redditor u/Checkinout2022:

    I wanna preface this by saying that I (F34) married my husband (M37) a year ago. His mom is snoopy and annoying af. She can't help it, that is just how she is, as my dear in-laws say.

    My husband and I purchased a new house recently. My MIL kept pushing to get an emergency key. She promised that she [would] only use it in an emergency, but giving the fact that she had an emergency key to our old apartment and walked in on us being intimate twice (but my husband didn't think it was big deal), I just couldn't trust her, so I just sent her a fake key (after she kept pushing) and she had a smug [look] on her face after I hand-delivered it to her.

    Days [went] by, and [at] Christmas dinner MIL angrily "called me out" on the fact I gave her a fake copy of the house key. She shamed me for doing this in front of everyone, but in my [defense] I asked her how she found out, and she said days ago when she came over at 4 while my husband and were out. I reminded her, "Didn't you promise you wouldn't use it unless there's an emergency? So you tried to get in when there was no emergency and you broke the promise you made to us!" She looked red in the face, and the other family started staring and some even laughed at her for the face she made. She suddenly got up from her seat and rushed into the kitchen, where she had a huge meltdown so loud the next door neighbors must've heard - literally, I've never heard a 60+-year-old woman throw a tantrum like that.

    Needless to say, dinner [was] awkward, and my husband and his sister were giving me looks. My husband went off on me in the car and said I lied and manipulated and humiliated and exposed his mom, and said he wouldn't have let me get away with it had he known. We had an argument and he is demanding I apologize to his mom for my childish behavior and for ruining Christmas dinner for the whole family.


    ETA: So this went off unexpectedly and I thought I'd show my husband some pretty helpful comments I found here minutes ago, but he got mad at me when he saw it and said I was nuts to talk about his family online. He demanded my phone so he could delete it, but I refused and I went upstairs and into the bedroom. [I've] never seen him so agitated and I didn't think he'd react like that, honestly. But thank you guys for your support. It really means so much. I'll update if I can. Thanks again :)

    13,038 votes

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    They Searched Their Husband's Pants Without Asking First

    From Redditor u/Leigh20220:

    Context: my husband (33) used to be unemployed for a year; he recently started a job at a warehouse.

    Yesterday, and while I was about to do the laundry, I grabbed his work pants and [dug] my hand in its pockets to empty them before putting it in the washing machine like Ialways do.

    My husband just happened to walk by… when he saw me searching his pants pockets. He rushed in, yelling at me to put his pants down. I already had a folded piece of paper out, but he snatched it, then started screaming at me about how I have no respect for his privacy and that I shouldn't be getting my hands on his things. I was genuinely dumbfounded. I told him to take it easy - I always do this before laundry. He lashed out, saying I had no right, and should've come to him and asked him first because he was worried about important documents getting lost like the one I pulled out. I said important documents shouldn't be inside his pockets and asked to see the paper, but he said he won't show me. I asked why, and he said I don't get to ask him jack s*** after I disrespected his privacy. I almost laughed because what privacy does he have in pockets? It wasn't like a stranger was digging into them.

    He refused to speak to me and later brought a new closet with A LOCK and moved his clothes inside of it. I asked if he was serious and he said this will teach me to respect his privacy and deter my snooping. Then went back to not speaking to me.

    I'm genuinely confused, AITA?

    13,332 votes

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    Their Mom's Friend Told Them To Go To Their Room

    From Redditor u/throwaway372828282:

    I (25F) don't speak to my mother, like at all. I had to go to my mother's house today to pick up an important document that I left behind when I moved out seven years ago.

    As soon as I got to the house, my mother suddenly had a massive “emergency” and realised that it was apparently her friend's funeral today and she completely forgot about it. I couldn't help but internally roll my eyes, as there is always some drama; hence why I have gone no/very low contact.

    She asked me if I would watch my two younger brothers (7 and 11) whilst she went to the funeral, and I said absolutely not, as it's my only day off, I have plans, and I have no relationship with them due to my mother stopping them from seeing me for years. I just wanted to get my birth certificate and leave.

    My mother asked her friend if she would babysit and asked me to stay for 10 minutes until her friend came. I didn't even get the opportunity to say no before my mother left the house. I was seething but resolved to wait 10 minutes. My mother's friend turned up and started berating me for not agreeing to look after my brothers whilst my mother went to the funeral.

    I said, “I don't have anything to do with my mother, it's my day off work, and I'm under no obligation to look after anyone else's children.” My mother's friend then told me to “go to my room.” I laughed in her face and started to leave the house, and she asked me where I was going. And I told her, “My room, at my apartment, that I pay for with my big-girl job. Because I'm an adult, not a child. And don't ever speak down to me like that again.” And I left.

    My mother has left me loads of messages and missed calls saying I'm an AH for the way I spoke to her friend. I do admit I look kinda young but I still am not happy with the way my mother's friend spoke to me.


    11,406 votes

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