It is natural for everyone to help their neighbors during such difficult times but for one person, their privacy and sound sleep were more important.
When faced with a storm, people who are financially stronger find themselves more emergency prepared than those who are not. During such tough times, helping neighbors, who have no other option but to depend on others for survival, is the obvious response. But it's not that obvious for some who simply don't agree with the collectivist sentiment. One such person is a Redditor who recently took to the platform's Am I The Assh*ole subreddit and shared their side of the story.
User Fetalratface's account begins with the revelation that the incident took place recently in Texas, one of the southern states in the US where a winter storm suddenly hit and caused a prolonged power outage. I live in Dallas and we're going through Hell because of this winter storm. My family's house had to deal with rolling black-outs for the past few days, but yesterday is the day that it looked like our power was back on for good, which lead to my mom inviting our neighbors to stay with us. For whatever reason, their power hasn't been on for the past few days and my mom invited them to stay with us without even consulting anyone else in the family, they wrote.
Of the neighbor's three kids was a few-month-old baby who, the OP's mother decided, would be kept in the Redditor's room. My mom told me that the baby and its crib were going in my room. That pissed me the fuck off since she didn't even ask how I felt about that, but she wouldn't listen to my protests; she never does, wrote the agitated person. The user claimed that they weren't able to sleep because "fucking baby was being noisy." She wasn't crying, she was just making random baby noises and I couldn't deal with it. She eventually fell asleep and so did I, but then she started crying, which woke me up, the post continued.
Thus, the parents came into the OP's room and began consoling their baby. However, the baby woke up once again and started making "baby noises." This time, the Redditor moved the crib to their sister's room, and "when she started crying again, it was definitely better for me." As confusion ensued in the hallway about the child's location, the OP pretended to be asleep in their bed. But then his mom "slammed my door opened and immediately called me out," and this led "to a giant argument between me and her in the hallway. I was arguing that it's not fair that the baby sleeps in my room, but once again, my fucking bitch mom already decided that she was in the right and that she's not to be questioned."
Soon everyone, including the neighbor's children, was up and now they were watching the OP and their mother scream at each other. Ultimately, the baby was placed in the Redditor's room but of course, they weren't ready to comply with the decision. Thus, they "pushed the crib into the bathroom and she wasn't discovered until this morning when the baby's dad found her in there." Given the freezing temperature conditions, no one in their sane mind would put a child in the bathroom but the OP did that anyway. Of course, this left everyone furious, but the Redditor was more concerned about themselves being angry with the child's parents and their mom.
My mom keeps calling me a brat and the neighbors have already scolded me for what I did, so I retorted by calling them shitty parents who want to pawn their baby off to me instead of taking care of her themselves. Now my mom is blaming me for the current tension in the house. Who's the bad guy here? concluded the post. Taking to the comment section other Reddit users attempted to tell the OP that they were the only person who was wrong in this entire scenario. YTA - you are 24-yrs-old. Your parents do not have to provide a roof over your head. Do you pay rent? Your city is in crisis. Your mom is helping a family with children out so they don't freeze. You can handle a baby in your room for a couple of nights during an emergency, wrote user Queen_Aurelia.
Another user Crimson One shared: 100% would never have guessed 24M I read this thinking early teen girl mainly with the 'bitch mom' comment. I'm adamantly child-free but if the neighbors are literally freezing to death in a state of emergency I'd deal with it for a couple of days. Put some white noise on if it bothers you that much you can get an app on your phone. I use it against my neighbor's dogs barking and other side's baby crying it's the only thing that helps me sleep through. User TAdumbemployee shared: YTA. It's a fucking emergency that will be over soon. You are acting like they moved a baby in with you permanently. You are so selfish, you should be ashamed.