The internet has come to the defense of a man who claimed in a now-viral post that he recently threatened to call the cops on his son’s stepdad for driving his son’s car without permission.
Posting in Reddit’s “Am I The A**hole” (AITA) forum on Thursday under the username u/dontdrivethecar, the man explained that he’d previously told his ex-wife and her new husband that “no one besides [his son] was to drive the car.” The post has earned more than 11,000 upvotes and over 1,800 comments from Redditors who slammed the son’s “entitled” stepdad.
At the beginning of his post, the man explained that he shares custody of his son, Andy, with his ex-wife Eliza. Unfortunately, both parents, along with Eliza’s current husband Scott, “have constant conflict over Andy.”
“Eliza and Scott do not make a lot of money,” the man wrote. “We ended up in court over whether Andy was to attend private school and I won, but in addition to paying for the school, I also had to be the one to provide transportation to and from school. So I was relieved when Andy became old enough to drive and helped him get his license as soon as he could.”
So, the man bought Andy a car, and told Scott and Eliza that “no one besides Andy was to drive the car.”
Last week, however, Scott and Eliza told Andy he wasn’t allowed to drive, and Scott took Andy’s car to work. When Andy’s father found out Scott took Andy’s car without permission, he was furious.
“The next day I purposefully drove by and saw the car was not in the driveway. I called Andy and asked him if Scott had taken the car again and he said yes. I called Eliza and told her that she [had] one hour to get Andy’s car back in the driveway or I was calling the police and reporting it stolen,” the man wrote.
Scott, Eliza and even Andy all told the man that he went “too far” by threatening to involve the police. Redditors, on the other hand, thought the man was right to threaten Scott.
“NTA [not the a**hole]. It’s a huge liability for you if Scott has an accident in that car. But aside from that, they have no business touching a car they’ve contributed nothing to. They sound super entitled and awful,” wrote u/winsomebunny.
“You handled it perfectly…Your ex and her husband are not entitled to use the car,” said u/UnderbridgeTollman.
Redditor u/tygrebryte added: “Yeah, I’m assuming you’re in the U.S., and depending on how you’ve got the car insured, if Scott got into an accident, it could cause you serious problems. NTA.”
When it comes to determining who’d be held liable in the theoretical event in which Scott crashes Andy’s car, Allstate says there are a few factors to consider.
“If a friend or family member takes your car without your consent, you may not be held accountable for damage if an accident occurs…your friend’s insurance may be considered primary coverage,” Allstate stated.
“However, if your friend doesn’t have insurance, you may still have to file a claim with your own insurance company to help cover the accident. Or, if a thief takes your car for a joyride and crashes into another vehicle, you likely won’t be liable for damage and repairs to the other vehicle,” the insurance agency continued.
Who pays for an accident also depends on the laws of the state in which the accident occurs and whether or not anyone is injured in the accident.
Newsweek has reached out to u/dontdrivethecar for comment.
Of course, u/dontdrivethecar isn’t the first Redditor to go viral recently. On Friday, a woman went viral for sharing that her brother came out as gay during her wedding—a move that many commenters criticized.
On Thursday, another woman garnered online attention for admitting that she recently refused to lend her partner $30,000 for his daughter’s trip to Europe.
And last week, a woman was slammed by Redditors for refusing to invite her “drug addict” brother to her wedding.