My sister-in-law stole my gifts from my baby shower and now our family is divided’

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It’s no secret that having a baby is an expensive do, but fortunately, family and friends are often there to shower you with gifts – especially when the baby shower comes around.

But, sadly, one woman’s baby shower did not go to plan, after several of the presents went missing – and the thief was caught on camera, red handed.

The woman and her husband are happily married and are expecting their first child, although they come from completely different backgrounds; his family come from wealth, while she grew up in a poor home.

“I’m not ashamed to say it and have a great family I wouldn’t replace for all the money in the world. My in-laws are great too,” she explained on Reddit’s Am I The A**hole forum.

“They treat me well, with the exception of my brother-in-law, Austin, who likes to point out how beneath his levels I am although his wife comes from poor family too and they are also expecting.”

Recently, the mum-to-be’s sister held a baby shower for her, which “wasn’t fancy, but affordable and great,” but not everyone appreciated the effort that had gone into it.

“My sister-in-law showed up empty handed and criticised my baby shower party up and down and talked about how glamorous hers will be. She asked my sister how much the party cost her and joked that the dress she wore costs probably more,” the woman continued. “She was acting rude and arrogant to my family and friends but none of my in-laws said anything.”

However, things took a turn for the worst when the woman’s sister noticed that a number of the gifts, which had been in another room throughout the celebrations, had gone missing.

“We looked around and couldn’t find them, so I checked the camera footage and saw my sister-in-law walking out with several gifts that were given by my own family and friends,” the woman explained.

“I was fuming I called to confront her and asked her to bring the gifts back but she denied and was hurt that I accused her of stealing from me and said she’d tell the family about me lying when I insisted. I told her I have a video and have no problem involving the family too to see who’s at fault.”

After the sister-in-law hung up, the woman waited a little while, before sharing the footage with all of her in-laws.

“It blew up and many of them shamed her for what she did and told her to give the stuff back,” she said.

“She still didn’t respond but Austin was livid and called to ask about the ‘nonsense’ I fabricated about his wife, calling me gross with a wild imagination to even think that his wife would ‘steal cheap gifts’ from my ‘low class family,’ much less have the gall to go ‘lie to his entire family’ about it and cause his wife to be publicly shamed and shunned.”

The woman went on to say that her mother-in-law was also upset about the way she went about things, and even offered to pay for the missing gifts in exchange for her to remove the post.

“My husband was out of the country and she said she’d call him personally to tell him to handle me when I refused. She said, ‘just wait until he gets back,'” she added. “But he reacted differently. He even got into an argument with Austin and told him his wife was the cheap one for stealing his baby’s stuff.”

The woman eventually received the items back, however her mother-in-law has refused to accept that gifts were ‘stolen’ and has firmly taken Austin and his wife’s side in the whole drama, leaving a huge wedge between the family.

“The nuclear option is calling the police and pressing charges, sister-in-law got off easy. I’d be pulling that video up every holiday,” one Reddit user responded. “Notice how the mother-in-law dropped her own variation of narcissist’s prayer in defence of the sister-in-law.”

Meanwhile, another added: “The in-laws are lucky you didn’t call the police. Once sister-in-law doubled down and the rest of the family took her side I would have marched my butt down to the station and filed a complaint.

“That high-class thief should be cooling her heels in a cell for stealing from a baby.”