Everybody knows that babies are unpredictable. They can be happy and content one minute, and the next they can be crying inconsolably. They're also incredibly messy, often spitting up or having diaper blowouts that require full outfit changes not only for the baby but for anyone who may have been holding the baby. One mom recently asked for advice after her baby had vomited on a family member and that family member delivered a hefty bill looking for compensation for a ruined shirt.
A Redditor who goes by the username isaoas recently posted on the site's famed Am I The A**hole thread asking for advice about a tricky situation with a family member. The poster wrote that she had recently had ''baby ceremony'' for friends and family members to meet her one-month-old daughter, Charlotte. She noted that her cousin, Alice, and Alice's parents were guests at the gathering and that Alice is someone who has rather expensive taste in clothing. "She's the sort of person who has a minimum price range for how much she spends on clothing," the poster wrote.
She went on to explain that "It was Alice's turn to hold the baby and she was happy to at first, but suddenly Charlotte vomited on her. Alice handed Charlotte back to me and ran off crying, and spent the rest of the event crying in the car. I went to see her to apologize but she didn't want to hear any of it. My mum gave her one of her shirts which was too big for her and she felt completely upset and humiliated."
It didn't end there however. The poster later received a call from her own mother stating that Alice wants her to reimburse her for the cost of her ruined blouse, only the amount she is asking for is almost $2000! "I have said no," the poster wrote. "At the end of the day we all know what babies can be like. She took a risk wearing something so expensive knowing a baby was nearby and unfortunately it backfired. I feel bad for her but it was not my fault."
The general consensus by Redditors was that the poster was definitely not the a**hole in this situation.
"NTA. Common sense to not wear expensive clothing around newborns unless you are okay with risking this happening. She should have known better."
"NTA. wearing expensive designer shit around what is potentially a living vomit machine is one of the stupidest things you can think of to do."
"It’s a newborn, you don’t wear expensive clothes when you are holding a newborn. It isn’t OPs fault their child is a child."
Others felt that the most the poster should do is offer to pay for the dry-cleaning as a goodwill gesture.
"NTA, but don’t expect Alice to own up to her error. Asking for full payment is selfish. Paying the dry cleaning bill is all you are obligated to do."
"NTA She is demanding 1800 from a woman who just had a baby?? At best you should pay for dry cleaning!"
Still, some felt that the poster was indeed responsible and should own up to her obligations and replace the shirt.
"YTA, slightly. I get what you are saying, but how far do you take this. If your child breaks someone's property, do you say "well, we know what kids are like"
"Yta. You should at least offer to dry clean it. Why should she not be able to dress nice for a baby ceremony? Don't be an entitled mom looking the other way saying "it's a babyyyyyyy."
What do you think? Is it reasonable to wear something so expensive to meet a baby, and then ask to be compensated if your outfit gets ruined?