Woman Charges Her Boyfriend If He Comes Home Later Than Promised
One woman has come up with a tactic to discourage her boyfriend from coming home later than promised - and she also has to stick to the rule.
But before you scoff and call her 'controlling', it's for a good reason.
This girlfriend explained that she had been living with her partner for two years, and despite being a person that generally loves being at home, she developed a drinking problem when they first started dating due to the death of her mother.
She wrote: "After moving in together, I was still wrestling with alcoholism and stayed out a handful of times (about five times in a year) until 3am.
"Frequently, I'd irresponsibly allow my phone to die while I continued drinking. Every time, my boyfriend expressed that he hated this.
"He hated the staying out late and he hated the dead phone.
"He told me it was unacceptable. Eventually, it seemed like such a big deal to my boyfriend that I just sucked it up, stopped staying out late, and stopped drinking."
She then went on to say that it's been over a year since she stayed out late, however their roles have now reversed.
The woman continued: "[He's] got a new set of friends and now he stays out mostly every weekend until 3-5am.
"I don't ask who he's with or what he's doing before he leaves. I don't bother him while he's out. I want him to have his space because humans deserve that.
"But it still bothers me that he's late, only because of the double standard that he's set in our relationship."
She said that she had already explained why she is unhappy with her boyfriend's partying but said it hadn't made a difference.
To try and make the deal fair, the woman decided that if either of the pair aren't home by 4am then they have to pay the other $50 (£38).
The woman is hoping it will help deter her partner from staying out later than promised so she doesn't have to worry for his safety.
She said: "He tells me he'll be home by a certain time and doesn't make it. When I [call] him out on how he treated me for coming home late, he backpedals. I'm tired of wasting my breath."
For this reason, she's decided to create a rule for them both to follow.
"Tonight when he left at midnight, I made a proposition. If either one us aren't home at 4am, we have to give the other $50 (£38) and no-one can be angry," she explained.
"My reasoning is that he's either going to tire of paying the $50 and come home on time or afford me the same level of understanding for occasionally staying out until the bars close."
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