My Dad Stole All The Money I Earned During The Summer

My Dad Stole All The Money I Earned During The Summer




Hi. I’m Tessa and I’m in a total panic. I’ve never been in such a complicated situation in my life! I have literally no idea how to process this. I need somebody to help me out, but first I guess you’ll have to hear the whole story.

Three months ago I realized that I badly needed a laptop. I live with my parents (I’m an only child) and we have an old desktop computer. It’s like… ancient. It takes me hours to do simple homework, and that’s just one of the problems. So I really needed my own computer. And I was determined to get it.

I chose a relatively inexpensive model, and I didn’t have any other expectations from the very start. I knew my family was going through hard times, my father was currently between jobs, and what my mom made was enough to just buy food and the necessities. My only option was getting a summer job and buying it myself.

It turned out that it’s not that easy for a fifteen-year-old to find a job in my hometown. From the very beginning I had a backup option. I have a friend named Laura. Her Mom works as a cleaning lady. She is self-employed: people hire her for a day or two and then come back to find that their place looks better than when it was brand new. During the summer she works together with Laura. And they told me I was welcome to join them.

Until the beginning of June, I didn’t give them my answer because I was hoping to find something easier and… cleaner. And after I was unsuccessful… I finally said yes.

And then the summer that every high school girl dreams of started. There were four of us working: Laura, her mom, her mom’s assistant, and me. We walked into a house or an office in the morning and when we left late in the evening, everything was shining. I guess this was not the best choice for my first job ever: first of all, it was exhausting. All I could do afterward was go home and fall asleep, sometimes even before I reached the bed. But I was determined to achieve my goal. And after all, I learned A LOT. If someone at school asks me where I spent my summer, I might say that I spent it outside of my comfort zone.

Laura’s mom would pay everyone at the end of the month, so the plan was to get the money (which was about half of the amount I needed) and estimate how much I had to work the next month to get what I wanted. And when I got the cash, which was even a little more than I expected, I was so happy and proud of myself. It turns out that it feels so good when your hard work pays off.

So it was the end of June, and by that time my dad still had not found a job. He had spent these weeks at home, sometimes drinking, sometimes just watching TV and browsing through vacancies online, saying there were no decent jobs in our whole town. My mom was not happy with this, of course, so they would fight every other day. And that’s what was happening the day I got my first paycheck.

I got home, so eager to share this feeling with someone. I saw my parents in the living room and, not even thinking about what was going on, I told them about the money I had earned. My dad was a little drunk and furious about their fight, which was obviously about him not making any money, so he argued with me in a pretty aggressive way, saying that for all these years they fed me and payed for me, and that it was probably time to get some of it back. I could not believe that he was saying that, neither could my mom, but… he was always able to be so convincing. He started talking to my mom about the things our family could buy with this money that we could not afford over the last few months, and he was not aggressive with me anymore, he just asked me to “help out the family” with tears in his eyes, and of course… I could not say no.

Did I regret it? Yes, every single day of July. In June I only volunteered to work on the big gigs, but now I had to earn almost twice as much. So I started to work with Laura and her mom every time they went on a shift. And it was twice as exhausting. At night I would cry because I felt like I was betrayed. Dad tried to be nice to me, but he never said he was sorry.

Just like everything else in life, that July was over too. My hard earned money still brought me satisfaction, but this time I tried to contain my emotions and… I did not tell my parents, well, just in case.

The amount was just enough to buy the laptop I wanted, and I would even have some left over! I put the money into a drawer in my room and was finally ready to go buy my laptop the following day. Lying in bed, I was imagining how awesome my last month of summer would be.

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55 Responses


    We don’t think this is normal, and it exhausts her emotionally. But what can she do here? If you have any advice, please leave it in the comments!

    • Julia Jedrak says:

      Find her dad a job even if it would be minimum wage. Send his cv places coz hes obviously too lazy to work.

    • Kateri Ozog says:

      Put all the money in a safe and don’t tell your parents your code

    • gacha sans says:

      I would tell an authority figure that stealing it’s against the law you earn that money fair and square

    • Andrew Foalima says:

      That’s Terrible do you have a Therapy place were you can go take your dad I Live in Fayetteville NC and There’s this place i go too no i don’t drink but i have severe depression and Anger issues

    • Maria Alvarez says:

      It’s happened to me before. I used to (and still) hide my money inside of books. You can also give it to someone you trust, who will be able to keep it safe, like your friend. You are lucky to have your mom by your side, too. Cause in my case they where both parents

  2. Rihanna Tewelde says:

    That girl is so patient I would have told him 2 give me my own Damn money and tell him to start working if u agree pls like

    • Marwa Almis says:

      @Rihanna tewelde is ur dad u can say that

    • Arex - Brawl Stars says:

      Stop. Begging. For. Likes.

    • The True Body of Christ Restored says:

      You would have been a disrespectful and selfish kid if you did that. This girl was selfish but at least she wasnt disrespectful. She was selfish because she thought a laptop she didnt need was more important than helping her family.

      • White says:

        In no way was she being selfish. That was HER money, not her family’s; she earned it, thus has no obligation to give it away. The only reason her family was struggling was because her dad was a deadbeat alcoholic who’d much rather steal from his child than man up and provide for his family. If you’re going to work just to be forced to give it all away, why bother working at all.

        Stop pretending all parents are perfect innocent little angels who can do no wrong.

  3. Ventas ECU-GYE says:

    Talk to your mom. She knows him better. You are a child and it is their responsibility to protect you and not taking advantage of your hard work.

    • NiteX - Subscribe says:

      Ventas ECU-GYE you do realise this is just a story that they made up?

    • Andrea says:

      I agree with the fact that they shouldn’t have taken her money but i dont agree with you saying that its their responsibility. We are lucky to have parents. If they wanted to they could just give you away but they love you enough to keep you and care for you. We are lucky that we have parents that care for us and provide for us so dont ever say that its their responsibility cause its not.

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    • Frazix Xerox says:

      I agree

    • The True Body of Christ Restored says:

      Having her give money to help the family survive isnt her being taken advantage of. the fact that she saw that they were struggling and didnt volunteer to give them the money to help makes her look selfish.

  4. JC Reviews says:

    ??‍? Tell you dad to sober up and work for your friend’s mom ??‍?.

  5. MegaAeroforce1 says:

    The dad honestly sounds like a psychopath.
    -manipulative skills
    -cant hold a job(probably doing better than me though)
    -lacks sympathy

  6. itzkalani 4life says:

    They had her looking like boo boo da fool in the thumbnail no joke lol

  7. Twilight Animations says:

    The Floor Is Lava
    Like if you’re not on the floor!!!!!!!!
    So i guess u just wasted your time!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Johnny Brando says:

    Your dad needs help! He is sick, with a mental healty issue

  9. PosessedNinja237 says:

    I laughed at these jokes


  10. sabina - says:

    Haii ^3^ ♡
    i just wanna say~ ♡
    Happy 4th of July ♡
    everyone <33 ♡ 😀
    :3 ♡

  11. Monel says:

    It’s so sad to see that a father steals from his own daughter

    • The True Body of Christ Restored says:

      How is a father using the money to provide for the family stealing? You guys have some terrible logic.

  12. Navia Henderson says:

    your father has NO right to steal your hard earn money because he doesn’t work

    • The True Body of Christ Restored says:

      How is the father taking the money to provide for her and her mother stealing? You guys have the same selfish mindset that she does. She should have willingly given the money in the first place.

  13. enajd is back says:

    My house disappeard without knowing it


  14. Aniyah Whittaker says:

    The only advice I have for you is to keep locking the door and buy a safe with a lock to keep your valuables like phones, money, and whatever else you don’t want taken

    • Assassain Hao Wee says:

      But I disagree since if she keeps doing that maybe the father will find a new way to come into her room.

    • Aniyah Whittaker says:

      @Assassain Hao Wee if she has a key, he can’t get her money and other valuables

    • k0p says:

      Never heard of a safe without a lock, dumbass.

    • The True Body of Christ Restored says:

      Her father taking the money to provide for the family isnt a problem and the fact she didnt willingly help her family do better means she is selfish.

    • Solorzano family Vlogs says:

      The True Body of Christ Restored she isn’t selfish, the father is being selfish by taking her hard earned money and spending it on beer. Does that make the girl selfish?

  15. iiCraftPlays says:

    For some Reason This Makes Me Really Annoyed and Aggressive! If I was her and Found Out He Stole MY MONEY, I would have slapped him out of the house.

  16. ღ kiwi ღ says:

    Tell him that that he’s been drunk for so long and you were here working so if he wants money he has to go and find a job just like you did because you can’t just have everything handed to you and tell him that we wouldn’t be so much in Dept like you said if you wouldn’t stop wasting all the money on alcohol.

    Like if you. Agree

  17. BLUGENIUS says:

    Everybody remember when ACUTALLY HAPPENED made good animations .The only thing that likes your art is the trashcan

  18. Rosrae says:

    Wow you are so amazing to work and work and work so that you achieve your final goal that is not normal it the job of your dad to work if you found a job at only15yo so your dad also can do it and do more than this??good luck you are so inspiring❤??

  19. Teen Talk says:

    Girls work hard and makes money

    Dad: I’m about to ruin that women’s whole career

  20. Disbelif Paps says:

    Her:nothing will go wrong if my door isn’t lock
    Her dad:*steals money*
    Her:oh sh– i guess i should kept the door unlock

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