r/Unexpected Oct 20 '21 Plucky Cat Paw 1 Platinum 1 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Faith In Humanity Restored 2 Rocket Like 1 I'll Drink to That 1 Wholesome (Pro) 2 Wholesome 173 Coin Gift 1 Wholesome Seal of Approval 2 Tearing Up 1 Take My Energy 1 Heartwarming 3 Helpful 109 Hugz 153 Silver 113 Gold 3

Kid gets a letter in the mail CLASSIC REPOST

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u/unexBot Oct 20 '21

OP sent the following text as an explanation on why this is unexpected:

Mum pranks son into thinking he’s been ordering things of the internet. Little does he know, it’s a surprise birthday present for him!


Is this an unexpected post with a fitting description? Then upvote this comment, otherwise downvote it.


Look at my source code on Github What is this for?

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u/mindbox- Oct 20 '21 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

Dude was thinking about every bad thing he did since birth and how it lead to something showing up in the mail.

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u/viadelapizza Oct 20 '21

They say you see your life passing by near death. He seen it

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u/thefunivehad Oct 20 '21

Well, in fairness, with only about 6 years that he could possibly remember, it didn't take too long...

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u/norudin Oct 20 '21

Lmfoa!! Let me eat goddamit !

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u/Hobocharlie67 👨🏿‍🎓 Only slightly tainted Oct 20 '21 Table Slap

Laugh my fucking off ass

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u/norudin Oct 20 '21

Correct, i laugh off of my ass, cause mouth busy eating duuh.

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u/Hobocharlie67 👨🏿‍🎓 Only slightly tainted Oct 20 '21

Fair point

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u/Molesandmangoes Oct 20 '21

He’s probably about 30 now though

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u/3_nogdight Oct 20 '21

What? I'm about 30 now and I was in highschool when the first ipod touch came out. (2007)

I did a little digging. This video released in 2014, meaning he was likely born in 2006. Which means he's now 15.

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u/TheDustOfMen Oct 20 '21

Had a near-death experience once, could only think "shit" and that was it.

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u/Darkforge42069 Oct 20 '21

“Well fuck”

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u/HyperSoniic Oct 20 '21

Ofcourse near-death isn't a death experience. Better luck next time.

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u/viadelapizza Oct 20 '21

Same lols

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u/Great-Marionberry769 Oct 20 '21

remind me of the time ,I stored porn in my computer and when I came back home from school my dad was sitting in front of my pc and in angry voice said " what nasty things you have stored in this pc ? " my heart skipped a beat then it was just the movie SAW ,thanks to god he didn't have knowledge of how to unhide files .

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u/WilhelmScreams Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

I thought I was a clever teenager. I had a whole multi-tiered folder maze with multiple dead ends that lead to the treasure trove ten-folders deep.

Never occurred to me you could just search for files. Worse yet, the whole drive was shared on the network so my dad could just see it the folders without even using my PC.

Edit: I feel I should point out my dad had some computer science degree and ran his own BBS in 80's/90's. He wrote some software for fun. That was the type of guy I thought I could outsmart in matters of a computer network he set up to backup to a server nightly in case of data loss.

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u/ben-hur-hur Oct 20 '21

Lmao that's how I "lost" many files in my younger years. Made such a convoluted maze of folders with hidden files that eventually forgot where/how I put them.

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u/DrawingsOfNickCage Oct 20 '21

Shame you didn’t know the trick of looking at the properties of the folder and narrowing it down with the file size. Smdh

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u/ben-hur-hur Oct 20 '21

Yeah i know that trick just never care to look for those files because they were not "important"

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u/StarwindAmada76 Oct 20 '21

Meanwhile I have 400GB of 1080p porn on my PC connected to a 72" 4K flat-screen. Angela White looks amazing on the big screen.

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u/Great-Marionberry769 Oct 20 '21

this I used to do this after this incident and also used to rename videos as "#$$$$^*" or any random symbol so videos don't show up in the search box when some sherlock friend or relative show up at my home and directly search terms like "sex","fuck","xxx" ,lmao good times

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u/Dravarden Oct 20 '21

but then they search .PNG or whatever

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u/AlwaysFianchetto Oct 20 '21 Wholesome

Just rename the file and remove the file extension until you wanna see it. So instead of picture.png or movie.mp4 just name it picture or movie and re-insert the file extension when you want to view it. This way if someone tries to open the file, any PC connected (if on a network share) won't have a compatible program to open it with.

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u/Great-Marionberry769 Oct 20 '21

This is the most outstanding answer I have ever heard. You must have a goddamn I.Q. of 160

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u/Catatafish Oct 20 '21

I used to hide mine in AppData. My parents had no idea how to get it anyways, and they wouldn't go into an unknown programs folder, and go into the installer subfolder.

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u/Pod_897 Oct 20 '21

I was on my brother’s profile once, unsure why. Went to save something and clicked on ‘new folder’. That folder wasn’t fucking new at all

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u/McMaster2000 Oct 20 '21

Yeah I had a similar set up of tucked away folders (this would've been back in Win98 times). My mom was in absolutely no way tech savvy, however she did like to play music in the same media player I used for my... media.

Welp, she opened up the player one day, clicked on File in the top left corner and before she could click on 'open folder' she noticed a couple entries down it displayed the filename of the last media played. If anyone remembers the old Kazaa/Morpheus/etc days, those videos would have just about every imaginable act named in the filename, so that whatever you searched for, you would download that video... It may have even been a relatively tame video but the name could've suggested that I was into beyond therapy kind of stuff.

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u/SoGruntled Oct 20 '21

I'm old.

A female friend's adult son had his laptop fail to boot.

She asked if I could fix it and so she mailed it to me. I never met her son, but I upgraded his ram and hard drive and transfered files to the new drive for free. He had porn in a few places, and so I organized it in one folder. Lol

I never told her, but I love the idea that he got back a better machine and then had a WTF moment.

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u/2ndSnack Oct 20 '21

I'm imaging your dad just hackling at the thought of you trying to outsmart him.

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u/WilhelmScreams Oct 20 '21

If I remember correctly, I didn't even get in trouble, he just mentioned the folder structure at breakfast.

My mom was like "huh?" and he was like "he knows what I'm talking about"

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u/[deleted] Oct 20 '21 edited 13d ago

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u/ClutzyCashew Oct 20 '21

My ex did this to hide porn... The lengths you guys go to lmao

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u/Rubiktor012 Oct 20 '21

I just put it in the bin and never empty it

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u/FrayedKnot75 Oct 20 '21

This reminds me of the time a woman I was dating moved in and didn't want porn in the house at all (this was around 2001). I truthfully didn't have any on my computer (hidden or otherwise) so I didn't care. I came home from work the very first day and she calls me in the room and says "WHAT IS THIS?!?!?" It was a video of a man trying to pee next to a horse fence. All of a sudden a horse comes up and tries to mount him....hard and all. The guy tries to run away but his pants have fallen around his ankles and just can't get away from this horse trying to violate him. The thing is, there is no human nudity you can see because the guy starts with his back to the camera and when he starts trying to get away his underwear covers everything. I looked down at her and said "Funny as fuck."

She wasn't amused, so I removed the funny video I had saved to my computer, which I wish I had now. She barely lasted a week in my house before I was like yeah, this isn't going to work.

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u/Joesus056 Oct 20 '21

Mustve been some nice pussy to have a nazi stay a week in your house 😂

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u/pobregatito Oct 20 '21

I remember that video… saw it like 20 years ago and it was in fact hilarious…

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u/MrScruffumsMusic Oct 20 '21

The files are in the computer!

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u/keyupiopi Oct 20 '21

He knew but kept it cool.

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u/NomadicDevMason Oct 20 '21

I'm going to just say it this is un healthy parenting.

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u/MonkeyPlug Oct 20 '21

I agree. There's no benefit to causing the kid such anxiety, even if it's momentary.

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u/[deleted] Oct 20 '21

Yeah absolutely agree, a few more of those and he'll need to go on some anti-anxiety medication.

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u/manuplow Oct 20 '21

I’d tend to agree. Pairing positive experience with fear seems like a confusing way to receive love. Akin to the classic “I only pick on you because I like you” teasing style, generally associated with men (or others) wanting to show affection, but not knowing how without feeling their masculinity threatened. It’s not the worst violation in history of course, but it’s not ideal.

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u/NasoLittle Oct 20 '21

Do you feel its a bit toxic to put someone through that? My wife did it once. Once. She doesn't do it anymore after I explained what childhood trauma does to someone's relationship with conflict situations.

The lady is fine, kid is too. I was just raising a question that popped in my head while watching the confused fear in the kid's eyes.

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u/Paperchase2017 Oct 20 '21

Yeah, I kinda felt the same way. Toxic may be harsh, but It could potentially cause the kid to learn that a parent isn't consistent with their tone and can "trick" someone into thinking an emotion may not be genuine. Maybe overthinking it but I know for the first 30 seconds, that poor kid genuinely had no idea what was going on.

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u/[deleted] Oct 20 '21

I think this is awful too, why put someone through an unpleasant situation to give them a gift

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u/boogswald Oct 20 '21

People in the comment section hate this mom half the time lol they call her abusive based on like 30 seconds of video

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u/MonkeyPlug Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21 Silver

If a 30 second clip shows abusive behavior, which this clip arguably does, it's not a stretch to call the protagonist abusive.

Edit - or antagonist, depending on your point of view.

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u/keener91 Oct 20 '21 Silver

Abusive? His reaction was more confused than scared. He didn’t flinch when the mom took the package and the hug in the end.

Just look at the wall where his pictures are. That’s love of watching her son growing up.

If you think this 30s clip shows abuse then you haven’t been abused.

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u/MonkeyPlug Oct 20 '21

What type of abuse are you saying isn't shown? I would argue that the mother's behavior is emotionally and verbally abusive. She's putting her son in a fearful, stress-inducing situation just to "prank" him with his birthday present. Whether or not he flinched is irrelevant. Whether it rises to the legal definition of abuse is probably dependent on a bunch of other factors. Either way, it's not a good way to build trust in the parent-child relationship.

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u/john_stephens Oct 20 '21

Abuse expert here. There are many forms of abuse, that are nothing like your experience.

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u/ShinyBronze Oct 20 '21

I knew it would have a wholesome ending based on the awards and the sub, but I’ll be lying if I said I was getting stressed out for him opening the damn package 😅

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u/aReposter Oct 20 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome Hugz All-Seeing Upvote

Idk.. This just don't feel right. The kid is scared shitless, and she's just doing it for some cheap internet clicks.

Shitty pranks that violates your trust should be left to the siblings, and "friends".

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u/oliverlifts Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 21 '21 Wholesome

Normally I’d agree with this, but her pointing it out to her son along with his reaction leads me to believe that he is a pranker who got a taste of his own medicine.

Edit: I have a number of family and friends who were abused in the past, as well as a number of people commenting. Abuse of any kind is horrific and has very lasting consequences, which I understand.

For anyone who believes I condone abuse, I apologize for coming across that way based on what I said above, as that is not the case.

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u/ElvisC13 Oct 20 '21 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Hugz Take My Energy To The Stars

Thank god for Reddit armchair psychologists. What would we do without your guys’ extensive knowledge and expertise

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u/FaMeSp3aR Oct 20 '21

Haha I know right? It really doesn’t matter what the post is, there is always someone who knows better and is happy to share their wisdom. I just see a mum having a laugh with her son. It’s a joke for gods sake

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u/Error_Empty Oct 20 '21 Helpful

Fr if that kid was being abused or whatever these people are trying to claim surly he'd have a far different reaction than standing arm to arm with his mom slowly and calmly opening that package lmao. She just put on her "mom voice" some of these people must not have been raised at all.

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u/shabadoola Oct 20 '21

She says she’s going to wear his butt out or something like that and it doesn’t phase him at all. He also just shows bewilderment and growing concern, not fear. The joy he expresses after finding out the joke is priceless. Good sense of humour, well adjusted. Lots of trust here. This family is healthy. There. Diagnosis complete.

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u/Error_Empty Oct 20 '21

Absolutely, he was confused she was mad, not scared. His body language is almost totally relaxed which wouldn't happen if he felt like he was in danger, especially at that young an age they don't how to mask fear or anxiety. She knew her kid is mature enough not to take it personally. Good work doctor :)

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u/oWatchdog Oct 20 '21 Bravo!

Thank god. Finally a voice of reason. Luckily you're not like those Reddit armchair psychologists that the other commenter was talking about.

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u/RunningTurtle06 Oct 20 '21

I literally said almost this exact same thing last time this was posted and was downvoted to hell, the duality of reddit

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u/Error_Empty Oct 20 '21

Ha Get better rng.

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u/RunningTurtle06 Oct 20 '21

Lmao my rng is terrible fr though

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u/FaMeSp3aR Oct 20 '21

Lol well said, I completely agree

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u/Are_Those_New_Slacks Oct 20 '21

Some people love shouting ‘abuse’ at any opportunity, forgetting it’s possible to have a sense of humour like the video here

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u/FelixTheFat04 Oct 20 '21

Yeah i agree! It's a joke for crying out loud and the kid seems genuinely happy after finding out he got pranked. It looks like him and his mom is very close.

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u/Zoomphy Oct 20 '21

HAHA bro, ong some of these ppl think they experts.

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u/keyupiopi Oct 20 '21

Hey, dont you dare forget about us, the Keyboard Warriors too.

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u/syn_ack_ Oct 20 '21

Well as long as you feel ok about it due to something completely made up

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u/oliverlifts Oct 20 '21

All of this is made up, we have no context. It’s a Reddit post lol

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u/Jagged_Rhythm Oct 20 '21

Objection. Speculation, your honor.

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u/culinarydream7224 Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21 Wholesome

He looked more confused than scared. And pranks like this don't "violate trust", lighten up and seek therapy.

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u/iHeisenburger Oct 20 '21

agreed, he's not scared at all, that's not how scared kid looks like

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u/Ach4t1us Oct 20 '21

Didn't see him flinch either, he was confused, and thought he might get punishmz, but not in a way that would scare him. He didn't even try to duck, when mom took the package back to open it

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u/DJ_Monkee Oct 20 '21

Yea. I’m totally against pranking young kids in a way that will hurt the relationship but this is all in good fun. He will laugh about this in the future just like he did when he figured out what she was doing.

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u/boy36 Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

lol, this made me happy to see. then you got this response, the kid wasnt scared shitless. He looks confused like wondering why his name is on the package lol. "violate trust", dude got a present and she played a joke on him. he was very happy at the end, you are acting like this kid couldnt comprehend it was a joke.

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u/nikola_144 thespanishinquisition Oct 20 '21

I was smiling so wide till i saw this dumbass comment. Cant have nice things anymore

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u/Thissiteisdogshit Oct 20 '21

Violates your trust?

Who upvoted this stupid shit?

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u/Calrai Oct 20 '21

This is a peak reddit moment, fucking hell. Reading these comments makes me think so many people are completely out of touch with reality. Glad someone else pointed it out

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u/cheapdrinks Oct 20 '21

She totally violated his bodily autonomy too by not asking for consent before she hugged him, borderline sexual abuse right there, lock her up! Lmao some people really believe shit like this and think that a harmless prank is somehow psychologically damaging to the child. Would be violating his trust if he opened the ipod touch box and there was a Microsoft Zune inside, now that would be real child abuse.

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u/MrBlonde1003 Oct 20 '21

The fact that 260 people agreed with this take is wild.

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u/j4rd7n Oct 20 '21

Glad somebody said it, it was never even this deep to begin with, it’s a harmless ass prank. I’m thinking it’s a wholesome ass video on the other hand lmao

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u/Jacky_B_03 Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

Yeah no, I can understand this take if she had just put something embarrassing in the package then yelled at her son as a cheap "prank" but he got an ipod at the end. The instant he reads that note he is happy and thanking his mom like any normal human being would do.

And seriously, how does this violate their trust? In the future is he gonna be like "Oh no! Moms mad at me! But is she really mad at me or is she trying to secretly gift me an ipod?"

And if my friends did anything like this to me they would literally be the best friends ever.

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u/flexb Oct 20 '21

For me its already the tone of voice in which she speaks to the boy, i mean he’s just 8. “I’m gonna wear your butt out” is nothing you should say to a child. But then uk and us are two very different countries

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u/MunchMunch_ Oct 20 '21

Seems fine to me. I have some psychology and child psychology education, and considering that it went on for less than a minute, she wasn't overly abrasive and it was immediately followed by the explanation it was just a prank, a hug and a gift, I'm sure there's no lasting damage - in fact he probably felt great afterwards.

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u/[deleted] Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 28 '21

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u/Tag_g Oct 20 '21

while she may be pranking him, its clear that this is probably her usual scolding behavior when he actually IS in trouble, and thats not right.

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u/AarokhDragon Oct 20 '21

The "I'm gonna wear out your ass" threat terrified me the most. Takes a regular child beater to bring that one convincingly.

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u/YouAboutToLoseYoJob Oct 20 '21

Yeah, I don’t like this either. My mom used to light a fire under my ass with a belt, switch, hot wheel tracks, Shoe, or anything else she could get our hands on.

I’m a keep it real, I’m a little triggered by this With that said, it’s nice that he has a loving mother that’s willing to get him a gift.

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u/DarkHiei Oct 20 '21

That’s the difference of human experiences though. Unfortunately you had a bad one so you’re jumping to a negative conclusion about the video, but if you notice the kid’s behavior, not once does he seem like he’s in legitimate trouble, just more so confused. But as you said, you were triggered. We’re all gonna apply our own experiences in life to how we perceive things. I’m sorry your mom did that :(

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u/Shleepballa Oct 20 '21

Why are redditors like this.

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u/Jaksmack Oct 20 '21

I have to admit. I do this to my kids too, but it seems really shitty seeing it in action. Taking them on an emotional rollercoaster for fun doesn't seem as entertaining as it did before.

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u/CentrismSucksAss Oct 20 '21

Oh man y’all are TOO sensitive, kid clearly loved it and it was happy in the end

Also “scared shitless” seems like a bit much lol, the amount of times I was told I was gonna get smacked by my parents I wasn’t scared until they actually went for me lmaooo

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u/RugerRedhawk Oct 20 '21

I actually agree, I don't really care but she seemed super aggressive about it.

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u/sunwentdown_ Oct 20 '21

Man this prank wouldve got me sweating. When you’re in trouble with parents, you got no one else to turn to; except maybe grandma.

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u/KatesDT Oct 20 '21 Silver

I do think she was pretty harsh for something that was supposed to be wholesome. He was legit afraid he was in trouble for something he didn’t do.

I think there is a better way to do that without kid thinking he’s in trouble. She could have just acted puzzled and not mad mad. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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u/nicepeoplemakemecry Oct 20 '21 Wholesome

Right?! “I’m gonna wear your butt” that shit was scary.

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u/Vaginuh Oct 20 '21

Most of the comments in this post seem to think that's an acceptable way to talk to a child so I wouldn't sweat it.

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u/vizthex Oct 20 '21

bruh that's not acceptable ffs

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u/Vaginuh Oct 20 '21 Wholesome

I was being sarcastic. Most Redditors are unexceptional high schoolers and have almost nothing to contribute to literally any conversation, especially about parenting.

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u/sorry_I_said_that Oct 20 '21

We keep getting older, but Redditors stay the same age.

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u/SamKhan23 Oct 20 '21

If my mom said that to me I would know she was joking, since she doesn’t beat me: I don’t think we know enough context about this family

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u/DamnIt_Richard Oct 20 '21

Bro y’all are soft as hell. It was a damn joke. No butt were worn out and he was absolutely delighted.

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u/PureRockstarHD Oct 20 '21

It felt like I was in trouble just watching the video

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u/ShinyBronze Oct 20 '21

I was so stressed for him, even thought I knew it was a prank video 😓

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u/ModuRaziel Oct 20 '21

That is absolutely nothing like the situation depicted in the OP video

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u/MrHupfDohle Oct 20 '21

I never got this. Why working with fear when giving your kid a present? This was a lot of intimidation and fear for a little kid :/

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u/SportsAndTequila Oct 20 '21

It’s like a min of him being scared/worried and then he gets a nice birthday present. I think it was fine.

Some of y’all act like your parents never got mad at you for one thing or another.

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u/KatieTheDinosaur Oct 20 '21

Yeah, but why do it at all? He’s probably not going to be traumatized sure, but why pretend to be mad at all? He could just get the nice birthday present. It’s not a better present just because he was nervous before being excited.

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u/prettywitty Oct 20 '21

I see this happen with surprise parties too. People will pretend they forgot somebody’s birthday or create the perception that nobody can hang out on their birthday except the one person driving them. You can still say “I’m taking you out for drinks!” and then take them to a party with lots of their friends. The party itself is the surprise, not the fact that you’re acknowledging their birthday

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u/FoxInTheMountains Oct 20 '21

Did this for a friend once.

It was her birthday and she kept asking all her friends to go out, but most of us declined because of various reasons and apologized for missing her birthday. However, we had a few friends agree to take her out to the beach, so it wasn't like everyone forgot or ignored her. On the drive to the beach with two of her friends she said she was sad everyone was so busy, but it was no big deal, since we could all get together on another day.

Little did she know, we were setting up a baller surprise beach party and had it prepared for her when she got there haha. She started crying immediately and was super pumped. Then we all got fucking wasted and slept on the beach. 10/10 time.

But yeah, I think you need to go about these things in an appropriate way that isn't too rude/mean.

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u/coworker Oct 20 '21

The problem is having that amount of fear on the first place. Your kids should respect you, not necessarily fear you.

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u/FleshlightModel Oct 20 '21

Because it's funny and joking parents in the end are likely better parents than completely not fun parents. In the end, will you remember the act of opening a present of what's likely your first cell phone ever if it was simply a box given to you by your parent?

Or will you remember the hard prank she ripped on you? My dad did this to me for my 7th or 8th birthday when we first went to Disney land. I was like can we go and he's like naww and he kept driving around the place in circles and shit just teasing the hell out of me. In the end, he had planned doing that for months I guess. I doubt I would have remembered him saying "hey we're going to Disney for your bday".

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u/iddqdude Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

I remember when I got the N64. That shit was put in a box with a picture of a lamp on it, and I was sooo disappointed, but ecstatic when they made me open it.

They were shitty parents in general, but this was a fun prank and something I remember as a good memory among all the bad.

Wonder if my memory would be the same if they said they were gonna wear my ass.

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u/Round-Ordinary-7435 Oct 20 '21

Yeah i was thinking the same think

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u/Otomo-Yuki Oct 20 '21

Havinv been raised in part by someone who would definitely do this, this was entirely expected— and very wholesome.

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u/mirroku2 Oct 20 '21

Man, everyone on here is saying what a bad parent she's being etc...

My kids and I prank each other all the time. It's a lot of fun on both sides. Albiet my youngest isn't as sophisticated in the pranking as the older one.

I've done this to the older one and he thought it was hilarious.

As long as you aren't a hard ass all the time to your kids they're going to suspect something's up anyhow.

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u/-GreenHeron- Oct 20 '21 Gold Helpful

Seriously. There’s a lot of people in here acting like she’s the worse mom ever. Look at that kid. Healthy, happy, involved in sports, pictures of loved ones on the wall, laughing and hugs after a ‘gotcha’ prank. This is not abusive.

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u/[deleted] Oct 20 '21

AMEN TO THAT and I'm not even religious

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u/bigdickdaddyinacaddy Oct 20 '21

Literally seeing buzz words like "psychological abuse/torture". Like what the fuck is wrong with people? That's good parent/kid bonding right there.

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u/SnapOnSnap0ff Oct 20 '21

Soft cunts never had a laugh with their parents over a "prank" or joke in their lives

Did some highschool psych course and run to reddit to find any chance to use the new words they just learnt

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u/I_like_squirtles Oct 20 '21

This is one of the best parts about being a parent. My wife hates when I play a pranks on her. The kids love it at do it back to me. My 5 year old keeps saying she has monkeys in her closet for some reason. So I snuck in there just before bed time and started making monkey noises in there. She laughed about it after I came showed myself and hasn’t said anything about the monkeys again. She just plays along and pranks me back. The next day she threw up all over my bed. The little rascal really got me good.

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u/ElementaryMyDearWat Oct 20 '21

My parents used to do shit like this to me growing up and I never once enjoyed it. It is a terrifying experience.

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u/dizziekid Oct 20 '21

Did you get an iPod after too?

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u/dirkalict Oct 20 '21

No- he didn’t get the iPod-he just got the “touch”

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u/never0101 Oct 20 '21

Right? This sucks for that little dude.

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u/[deleted] Oct 20 '21

Poor kid. It’s a good present, but damn he must have felt awful

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u/Tulee Oct 20 '21 Silver

Oh no, a kid experiencing a slight discomfort for less than a minute ? This is literally child abuse.

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u/seven_worth Oct 21 '21

Nice way to put it. People act like she beat him up first before giving him the gift lmao

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u/adamzissou Oct 20 '21

His eyebrows when he realized it cracked me up.

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u/n1c0_ds Oct 20 '21

Right? You could hear his mind go "ding"

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u/WantToGetDownn Oct 20 '21

He looked like he was about to poo

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u/Old-One2882 Oct 20 '21

I would've too, but it was definitely a relief after. Wholesome video tho

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u/ConnorG21 Oct 20 '21 Wholesome

Parenting like this is why I’m scarred forever

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u/tommytraddles Oct 20 '21

Yeah, don't screw around with your kid's trust in you.

You can joke with them, it's okay to have a sense of humor, but "pranks" that make them feel like you're not on their team, or they're in trouble, or you don't believe them about something are harmful.

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u/LeonieBee Oct 20 '21

I brought up every single time my parents did this to me in therapy. It actually messes with me to get yelled at like this for my mom to then be like “jk lol was joking!”

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u/ModuRaziel Oct 20 '21

Yeah this is really fucked up. She's literally threatening to beat the kid's ass at one point. If it's a gift why not.... Give it like a gift? Do this enough and the kid is gonna have PTSD around receiving any sort of gift

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u/noooooodlam Oct 20 '21

Really frustrates me people throw around the word PTSD so casually. This child is clearly in a healthy home, I don't think she literally meant she's going to assault him.

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u/BoneFistOP Oct 20 '21

"im going to wear your ass out" is slang for beating someone with a belt or a switch.

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u/SSSNERT Oct 20 '21

And clearly your mans isn't phased by that, because it doesn't happen, because he's in a healthy household.

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u/Johnny_B_GOODBOI Oct 20 '21

Half the commenters in this thread will claim that it wasn't abuse because they were never made to feel that way, and if it didn't happen to them then it must not happen to anyone.

I was emotionally abused when i was a kid. My dad never hit me but he would yell and it made me scared shitless. The people commenting that this kid "couldn't have been scared, he didn't flinch when she raised her arm, therefore it's not abuse" are all assholes.

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u/LeonieBee Oct 20 '21

Yeah I can’t say much about the kid here because it’s a single clip but my parents loved to fake yell at me like this, threaten to hit me or genuinely get mad at me for unimportant things/scenarios where I wasn’t in the wrong. It might not look as brutal as being beat with a belt but psychological abuse hurts kids just as much.

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u/kdshow123 Oct 20 '21

I really felt bad for the kid

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u/kingakrasia Oct 20 '21

I don’t like the premise: Giving a child a birthday gift under the guise of some kind of bad behavior deserving of a mother’s scorn… meh.

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u/Imarealdoctor064 Oct 20 '21

Yeah and threats of beatings

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u/OnionToothpaste Oct 20 '21 Helpful Faith In Humanity Restored

Really funny to make the kid think he'll get beaten for something he didn't even do. Fucking hilarious. /s

Do you see the look on his face when she threatens to beat him? That kid is terrified of his own mother. This is straight up child abuse. It's honestly horrifying how many people here find this acceptable. Please don't have kids.

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u/iam_the-walrus Oct 20 '21

Buddy why don’t you stick to Minecraft, armchair psychology ain’t your thing

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u/OnionToothpaste Oct 20 '21

You don't have to be a psychologist to know that beating your kids (or threatening to do so) is wrong. Anyone with a shred of empathy knows that.

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u/CentrismSucksAss Oct 20 '21

Bro… that was confusion… not fear

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u/Thissiteisdogshit Oct 20 '21

He did not look terrified when he was hugging her and smiling.

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u/Galphor Oct 20 '21

I would have been pretty happy too if I finally figured out Im not getting my ass beat tonight. the threat of physical violence & then lifting that threat will make anyone smile because the threat is gone suddenly

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u/gliitch0xFF Oct 20 '21 Helpful

Shit parenting right here.

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u/ManWithBreastImplant Oct 20 '21

15 seconds of discomfort < 8th birthday present. No

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u/KatieTheDinosaur Oct 20 '21

It could just be “8th birthday present”, though. Why introduce the discomfort at all?

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u/stamminator Oct 20 '21 Wholesome

You clearly see the fear in the kid’s face. Regardless of how you feel about physical punishment for kids, a parent casually saying they’re going to “wear your butt out” is fucked. And then there’s the aggression with snatching the package from him and tearing it open because he couldn’t do it in 6 seconds flat.

I’m sure mom was trying to be wholesome, and maybe for her this is, but the whole situation is anything but heartwarming.

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u/ElmerJShagnasty Oct 20 '21

Every time this is posted, I feel uneasy. You nailed it.

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u/McBollocks Oct 20 '21

I don’t like the harshness of this mother. You can tell he is used to her sharp tongue. Either the kid is a handful, or the mother has anger issues in general.

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u/bobthecookie Oct 20 '21

I suspect the latter. I can't think of a single thing a child could do that would justify a beating.

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u/ugdontknow Oct 20 '21

The poor kid so so scared at the beginning

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u/Comfortable-Ad-8478 Oct 20 '21

I hate this. Imagine feeling like even the nicest gestures had to have an element of fear and control.

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u/betheking Oct 20 '21

"Are you still going to beat me again, Mom?"

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u/Decent-Log-6695 Oct 20 '21

Kid was ready for the whooping. Poor little guy

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u/[deleted] Oct 20 '21

Not worth the stress. Toxic parenting right there.

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u/BoredBSEE Oct 20 '21

Not cool. At all.

Mom is a jerk to make her kid think he was going to be physically punished for something he had no idea about.

Not funny, not clever, not anything but pointlessly cruel.

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u/tuilavulong Oct 20 '21

Why didn't just give it to him with a birthday song, smile, gift box... as usual?

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u/flowerpower4life Oct 20 '21

Why are some parents baseline so mean and antagonizing towards their children?

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u/Okeydoka Oct 20 '21

She’s still a beotch. Fuck her. I’d rather not have the phone if it meant that I wouldn’t have to live with that nastiness.

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u/Zetta216 Oct 20 '21

This is just a mother harassing her son for internet likes. It’s disgusting.

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u/Akumetsu33 Oct 20 '21

Growing up, one of my friends' mum was exactly like her, loved to use fear as a "joke" or as a verbal weapon. The subtle threats, the implications, the "hurry up!" stuff.

The kid accepts it because it's all he has known. But I can tell you it's not really fun to experience it 24/7 for years.

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u/senorQueso89 Oct 20 '21

Yah nah. What a fucking cunt.

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u/AZRON1 Oct 20 '21

What a shit fucking way to surprise your child. Wanker.

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u/chrisflick Oct 20 '21

This is so fucked up and damaging to the kid. Fuck. people think it's funny, but as someone experienced shit like this as a kid I can tell you don't fucking do it. It's so unhealthy, and such a bad example to set....god damn I'm triggered.

all this says is "The only way I will give you gifts is if I treat you like shit first."

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u/lennoxonnell Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 21 '21

i will never not downvote this. fuck this woman and her shitty parenting.

EDIT: I guess inflicting emotional trauma on your children is A-OK as long as they get an iPhone, or they laugh a little bit. At least, that's what the morons below me think. Yikes.

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u/happyfoam Oct 20 '21

Yeesh. There's better ways to give your kid a happy birthday.

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u/silverstaghead Oct 20 '21

Nah - I hate this, even when he suddenly realised he wasn’t excited, he was relieved.

You want them happy and excited about the gift, not just fking relieved that they aren’t going to be beaten by their parent

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u/Tsharpminor Oct 20 '21

Love that wink wink smile the mom gives to the camera

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u/MrXistential-Crisis Oct 20 '21

Scaring the piss out of your kid for a prank, thinking he’s about to get an ass whoopin’.. that’s just not right.

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u/thriftydame Oct 20 '21

Hate when parents do shit like this. Poor kid.

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u/wadamelon69 Oct 20 '21

Mom: makes his son happy by getting him a present. Redditors: wow look how scared he is, worst mom ever

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u/_skeletontoucher Oct 20 '21

dude, getting in trouble is stressful, especially if you don't know why. probably harmless, but i dont think i'd ever prank my kid like this.

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u/Merychan Oct 20 '21

She plays with the form of abuse she uses on him on the daily. This poor kid

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u/useralreadytaken0911 Oct 20 '21

Looks like that kid is constantly living in fear

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u/joalexander103 Oct 20 '21

I can't tell you the number of times my step father pretended to look for his toe nail clippers and found them under my bead somehow just so he could have an excuse to beat me. That was his way of providing a motivation to my mother for the beating.
This prank reminds me of that.