Entering into business with family members can be high risk. Your family members become your colleagues, and vice versa.
When all is good, that can be an awesome situation. But when crises arise, both the personal and professional aspects of life are impacted quite directly.
One Redditor—known as PersimmonParty4728 on the site—recently learned that lesson. He recounted a recent experience in a post to the “Am I the A**hole (AITA)” subReddit.
The Original Poster (OP)’s title for the post covered exactly what led to the conflict.
“AITA for thinking that eggs are vegan when they’re actually not and potentially ruining our business?”
OP began at the beginning, back when the new venture was just an idea.
“Me and my brother have always worked together but last year we stopped being landscape gardeners and pivoted to being personal trainers/influencers.”
“My brother has been a vegan for over 15 years and he thought it would be a profitable market to tap into. He has taken the lead and I’ve just been happy to tag along and provide the banter and good looks, lol.”
But a personnel issue struck.
“The other week he became unwell so he instructed me to take over the socials- show some meal prep, do some motivational talks, show some exercises, etc.”
“This was going great and the reaction was pretty good and the metrics were up as I understand them.”
The good press, however, was fickle.
“However, when doing one of the meal prep videos I added two eggs to my smoothie as I’ve always done and this sparked quite a bit of backlash.”
“I honestly thought that because eggs aren’t alive that they were vegan.
“I’ve since learnt this isn’t true and tried to apologise but a lot of people feel very upset and that it totally invalidates all our hype around vegan gains.”
The swelling drama created some new friction at a recent meeting.
“My brother has gone absolutely mad and said I’ve ruined this just like I always do(?!) and has since locked me out of all the accounts and changed the names of everything to remove ‘brothers’ and indicate it’s just his business now.”
“He isn’t answering my calls or messages asking what I’m supposed to do for money now.”
“AITA for making an honest mistake and compromising mine and my brother’s business?”
Anonymous strangers weighed in by declaring:
- NTA – Not The A**hole
- YTA – You’re The A**hole
- ESH – Everyone Sucks Here
- NAH – No A**holes Here
Redditors had very little patience for OP’s side of the story.
He was dubbed the a**hole repeatedly.
For many, opening a business raises what is to be expected.
“YTA. If the business is about vegan sh*t, you should obviously know what is and isn’t vegan.”
“Anything that comes from an animal = not vegan. Not quite sure how you didn’t know that.” — rougeadmiralannie
“[What the hell] were you trying to peddle a business you clearly are not knowledgeable about? Go back to landscaping, one hopes you know something about it.”
“And YTA for failing to research basic information about your market.” — Cat_in_an_oak_tree
“So you co own a vegan company but don’t know what a vegan is? I can see why your brother would be annoyed, you’ve tried to tap into a market you know zilch about and let your brother do all the hard work.”