Teenager enrages parents with her secret family photo move: ‘My mom was furious at me’

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A teenager pranked her mom and stepdad after how they treated her.

She asked Reddit’s “Am I the A******? (AITA)” forum to weigh in. Her parents purposefully excluded her from the family photo. She suspects it’s because her stepfather doesn’t like her. To retaliate, she staged her own family photo with friends. Now her parents are furious.

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“My mom had me at 17,” she explained. “She later married my stepdad, and they had my siblings, who are 9 and 12, respectively. I’m 18 and in college now. Before Easter, I was at college. And I found out that my mom and stepdad took family photos without me for the cards. My mom said that it was just because she needed them printed in time, and I was at college… But college is only 25 minutes away, and I feel like my stepdad is resentful that their family includes some other guy’s child. He also described the photo as of “close family” but then backpedaled and said I just wasn’t as close physically because I’m at college.”

“So I decided to play a little joke; I took my younger siblings and two of my best friends to the Walmart photo shop. And we took deliberately cheesy family photos, all wearing blue jeans and jean jackets. My friends dressed as my mom and stepdad. It was honestly a really fun photo, really different than the serious ones my family always takes. I had it printed on cards and signed them with “Love, The (Name) Family.”

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“I swapped the cards in the envelopes my mom had prepared and resealed them with the sort of stickers she uses,” she wrote. “Apparently a couple of my extended family members didn’t look hard enough at the pictures to notice something was off, and just displayed them. But a few people mentioned to my mom that the picture was “funny,” which pissed her off because she thought they were talking about her very boring photo of them all sitting on a picnic blanket with a giant Easter basket. Then my aunt sent a photo of the card to the family group chat and said, “this isn’t you, is it?” And the gig was up… My mom was furious at me for sending out the joke cards and embarrassing the family, and also for not sending the cards she had made and wrote in.”

“I told her that I didn’t get why she was upset about being left out of the family photo; apparently, it isn’t a big deal to be treated like you’re not part of the family! She said that I was making a mockery of her and my stepdad by having ‘cross-dressers’ be in the photo. I said that I just wanted a photo with my close family just like my stepdad did, and I consider those friends of mine my closest family! Because I guess that’s just something we can choose now! My mom got so mad at me ‘sassing’ her that she told me to leave, and I went back to college.”

Redditors sided with the teen’s behavior on this one.

“You are an evil mastermind handing out petty justice, and we stand and salute you,” a user wrote.

“Now, if only mom and stepdad could learn their lesson and do better,” another said.

“I can’t stop laughing! You are fantastic,” someone added.

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