Teen Chooses To Sue After Ruining Her Aunt’s $20k Coat As A “Prank” For Views

by | Nov 7, 2023 | RELATIONSHIPS | 0 comments

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Even though April 1st isn’t coming around too soon, jokes can be played all year long! You could also cover your bathroom mirror with embarrassing selfies of your roommate, put googly eyes on all of your roommate’s produce for a surprise when they open the fridge, or slip some toothpaste between some Oreos and kindly deliver them on a plate to your friends. Feel free to have some fun as long as no one is harmed and no property is damaged!

However, it’s simple to overdo pranks. Before you know it, someone is being taken to the hospital or the fire department is being called, and you and your pals are giggling uncontrollably one minute. Playing practical jokes should never go too far. However, a recent “prank” pulled by her niece did not go over well with one woman, and it may even lead to them hiring solicitors.

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The complete incident, which this irate aunt recently posted on the Am I the [Jerk]? subreddit, is provided below. She was asking if suing her sister and niece would be overreactionary given the hundreds of dollars in damages that were incurred. Pandas, we’d love to hear your opinions on the current issue. In the meantime, if you’d want to read about another instance of a prank gone wrong, you can do it right here on Bored Panda!

This mother wants to know if she should sue her niece for purposefully damaging an expensive coat.

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Image credits: elpidioloffredo (not the actual photo)
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Later, the woman provided an update on the circumstances and described her niece’s punishment.

She also answered a few readers’ comments and gave further information about the circumstances.

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Pandas, I am by no means a practical joker. Perhaps I should do something simple like tuck a goofy picture into my partner’s drawers so that when he opens his drawers to choose his outfit for the day, he finds a grinning Shrek. However, I’m not the type to plan practical jokes on relatives and record them to share on Instagram. However, teenagers are usually born pranksters. Furthermore, I would never want to get in the way of a child who is merely attempting to have some fun. But sixteen is this girl’s age. She needs to realise that this was not at all a harmless “joke.”

Although not all 16-year-olds have a strong grasp of money, one would imagine that a teenager would think $20k was much more than it actually is. It’s astonishing that this girl threw away her money by trashing this coat because she probably has much less in her bank account than that amount. It appears that the aunt should take legal action in response to the coat incident. But going to court is costly and difficult, particularly if you’re seeking to sue a family member. Although it is technically possible to sue a juvenile, most of the time these people are impoverished and their parents may not be held accountable for their behaviour.

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Minors may be sued for defamation, causing personal injury, assault or battery, copyright infringement, property damage, trespassing, breach of contract, or causing emotional distress, according to FindLaw.com. It seems like property damage might be the best course of action in this case. Nonetheless, suing a family member may appear excessive given that the niece is a child. Will there be long-term harm to the relationship? Will it lead to additional family divisions? It seems that roughly one-third of people would think about suing a friend or family member if they suffered enough harm or losses. Although it’s not always the best course of action, there are instances when it makes sense.

Everything about this circumstance is regrettable. Regardless of whether they end up going to court or not, the woman lost her gorgeous coat that was a present from her mother-in-law, and her relationship with her aunt and sister is probably permanently damaged. Numerous readers concurred that the woman is right in pursuing legal action. As she noted in the message, she is well aware that a $20k coat is extravagant and that nobody should need one in the first place. However, it wouldn’t be acceptable to cause $20k worth of damage to someone’s house or automobile, so this shouldn’t be any different. Pandas, please share your thoughts on this matter in the comments section. If you have ever been involved in a court battle with a family member, please feel free to share your own experiences as well. Then head right here to read another post about poorly executed practical jokes from Bored Panda.

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Many expressed sympathy for the woman and thought that she had good reason to file a lawsuit.

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