By homelesslyf - 30/12/2019 22:00 - Australia - Clayton
Today, I was kicked out of my aunt's house for being 15 minutes late for her to pick me up. She told me she doesn't want me to come home and left me in a panicked mess. My sister and brother are on her side and refuse to talk to me. I'm now couch surfing. FML
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By  KittyMack  |  13

A: "Really late"? Fifteen minutes?! That's a blink of an eye. In a big school, having to go back to one's locker for a forgotten item could take 15min. Needing a washroom might take 15 sometimes. Sorting out a bit of drama among friends could also make a few minutes vanish. An hour is "really late". Fifteen minutes is "a little late".
B: Blaming OP because apparently you think it's predictable for a strict guardian to react this way, & preventable? Rendering a minor homeless over a small inconvenience is insane. Even if OP knew their aunt was insane, that still doesn't make it OP's fault. And depending what caused their lateness, even that may have not been their fault.

Certainly, if this was the millionth incident of lateness, or was for a foolish reason (OP was just chatting with pals), or on a day where the schedule was especially tight, anger would be appropriate. I can't imagine a circumstance where homelessness & excommunication would be a just punishment though.

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By  Shawnie Gallant  |  24

You were really late for her to pick you up, if I read that correctly.

If you’re still a minor it’s your fault. Some parents are strict like this. Unless it was something you couldn’t control. Always be ready a bit early for those types of angry people.

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  KittyMack  |  13

A: "Really late"? Fifteen minutes?! That's a blink of an eye. In a big school, having to go back to one's locker for a forgotten item could take 15min. Needing a washroom might take 15 sometimes. Sorting out a bit of drama among friends could also make a few minutes vanish. An hour is "really late". Fifteen minutes is "a little late".
B: Blaming OP because apparently you think it's predictable for a strict guardian to react this way, & preventable? Rendering a minor homeless over a small inconvenience is insane. Even if OP knew their aunt was insane, that still doesn't make it OP's fault. And depending what caused their lateness, even that may have not been their fault.

Certainly, if this was the millionth incident of lateness, or was for a foolish reason (OP was just chatting with pals), or on a day where the schedule was especially tight, anger would be appropriate. I can't imagine a circumstance where homelessness & excommunication would be a just punishment though.

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  KingAdrock  |  14

Except if they're still a minor and the aunt is their guardian, the aunt is breaking the law by throwing them out of the house. You can't toss a child in your care into the street with nowhere to go.

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  cptncuttlefish  |  24

Your abusive situation isn’t the real world. I’m sorry that happened to you but that’s not normal.

By  Mungolikecandy  |  18

If she was picking you up then how were you late for that as only she could be late to pick you up? There is more to this story than meets the eye.

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  Mungolikecandy  |  18

It would make a bit more sense that way.

By  404wan  |  19

i think we definitely need some context, why did you need to stay with your aunt? did your parents kick you out? and i do think that being 15 minutes late while someone is going out of their way to pick you up is very rude. they made the effort to be on time and you clearly didn't. unless you had a good reason for being late, again, context.

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  Suaria  |  36

Ya it is rude to be late for someone to pick you up, however kicking them out is an overreaction to someone being late.

By  KittyMack  |  13

While I wouldn't bat an eye at someone I was meeting being 15min late (& thus I think she's a cruel control freak IF there was no other wrongdoing than this one brief lateness), the fact that everyone's siding with her (not speaking?! over a single incident of being slightly late!?) makes me suspect there actually was more wrongdoing. Maybe Aunt was going to an important event right after and had made OP promise they'd be on time, & them breaking that promise caused her to be late to a job interview, first date with her dream partner, or something else that really messed with her life. Or maybe this was the last straw after a million incidents of OP taking Aunt for granted & failing to treat her decently.
But I know that controlling a-hole guardians not only exist, but are depressingly common (check out "raised by narcissists" subreddit), so I'm keeping an open mind that OP *might* be actually innocent.

By  Lauren Horstman  |  3

But yet she waited around for those 15 minutes just so she could tell you not to come home and leave. What?

By  The_candyman  |  13

if you had a way to let her know you would be late it's your own damn fault. just trying to make her look like the bad person here. take responsibility for your actions.

By  baristalbc  |  18

Sounds like being late is symptomatic if larger problems and maybe she’s just tired of your behavior. Are you an adult? If so, sounds like it was time to go.