Members of a popular Internet forum supported a 20-year-old man who demanded his older brother replace his broken cellphone despite having a baby on the way.
In a viral Reddit post published on r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/RealisticStreet1827 (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) said that his phone broke during one of his 23-year-old brother’s practical jokes and was told how he himself was almost embarrassed to pay for the damages.
title, “[Am I the a**hole] buy me a new phone begging my brother with a baby on the way[?]”The Post It has received over 4,500 upvotes and nearly 1,000 comments in the last day.
“My brother…is an aspiring prank YouTuber,” the OP began. ,[I] I’m a big techie and I recently fell victim to one of his stupid jokes.”
Explaining that he saves up to buy a new iPhone every year, the OP stated that until recently, his latest device was damaged beyond repair.
“The whole joke was that he sneaks up behind me, grabs my iPhone, runs to the bathroom and throws it at the wall,” the OP wrote. “As you might expect the phone was damaged … and could not be fixed.”
“When I started yelling at my brother he told me he was just trying to make money for his kid,” Opie continued. “I told [him] that he owed me $1200 to buy [a] New iPhone.”
“He finally [paid] me but he told me I was taking money straight out of his unborn child’s pocket,” OP said.
While some YouTube users use the platform to show their interest or passion for filmmaking, others are motivated by financial gain and the prospect of turning millions of subscribers into millions of dollars.
One of these money-hungry YouTubers is the cult prankster – who is keen to push the envelope in order to attract as many eyes as possible.
With huge audiences and even bigger bank accounts, prank-based creators like Nelk and Topknot Idiots have built up enthusiastic fan bases who tune in when new videos are released and get financial support through merchandising and paid content. show.
However, not all prank YouTubers are as successful, and in some cases, have gotten into precarious situations as a result of their shameless videos.
On several occasions, the supposed pranksters found themselves in line of fire, and last year it was reported that a man was shot and killed in Nashville after a robbery in the parking lot of an indoor trampoline park was a “prank”. “It was wrong.
Although the joke pulled by the OP’s brother didn’t turn out to be fatal, it did have costly consequences.
During the comments section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors were adamant that the OP’s brother deserved those consequences and needed to pay for the broken cellphone, regardless of his status as an expectant father .
,[Not the a**hole]”It wasn’t a prank, it was downright stupid,” wrote Redditor u/Dabbles-In-Irony in the top comment of the post.
“Who throws the phone at the wall and doesn’t expect it to break?” He continued. “Your brother isn’t mature enough to have a baby.”
Redditor u/Ok_Wrongdoer_9672, whose comment has garnered nearly 3,000 upvotes, echoed that sentiment.
“Agree,” he wrote. “If you’re going to ‘prank’ someone by damaging property, you must be prepared to pay to replace it.”
“This is not a prank,” shouted Redditor u/InvestigatorLive1746. “You broke it, you bought it.”
In a separate comment, which has received over 2,400 upvotes, Redditor u/Moral_Tach offered a more aggressive assessment of the OP’s circumstances.
“‘Aspiring prank YouTube’ is the stupidest string of words I’ve ever heard, especially if the idea of his pranking involves taking offense on camera,” he wrote. ,[Not the a**hole] And I pray for that child’s future.”
newsweek Contacted u/RealisticStreet1827 for comment.