The old borrowed Netflix password. It’s become a staple of contemporary life.
An old lover, a family member, or a trusted friend is kind enough to let someone use their login information to stream shows and movies to their hearts’ content.
And that person stays logged in for as long as humanly possible, sometimes months after a breakup or a falling out.
But one Redditor recently tightened the screws, and he had no idea the storm it would cause.
He explained the incident in a post to the “Am I the A**hole (AITA)” subReddit.
The Original Poster (OP), who goes by shooto_style, explained the troublesome dynamic in the post’s title.
“AITA for getting angry at my wife for signing into my streaming media accounts (Netflix, Prime, Disney+) on OTHER peoples devices without my permission?”
OP kicked off with some critical family information.
“So this has been a problem before we were married (we had a social distanced wedding late 2020).”
“My wife comes from a pretty big family, over 20 nephews and neices age ranging from 1yo to full grown adults in their 20s.”
“My wife loves that she’s an aunt to the kids, always spoils them (I don’t mind this btw).”
Then OP moved on to the real issue: streaming on the regular.
“Anyway, I have accounts with all the major streaming services available to me.”
“I have given the log in details to my sisters and wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, to use on their own devices, I’m very laid back, don’t have any issues if I see the ‘All screens are in use’ message on Netflix as I can watch something on Prime etc.”
But OP was struck by a new development.
“Slowly I get emails regarding log ins to devices I don’t recognise, iPhones, iPads, etc. My wife tells me she logged in on a particular sisters kids devices (they both each have iPhones and iPads, they are 6 and 4).
“I was really annoyed at this as I feel this is a major break in my trust. I work in IT and I know the security implications this can cause.”
“But I bite my tongue and let this go and tell her not to log into any other devices.”
But everyone has a breaking point.
“Weeks later I came home from a long, stressful day at work, one of those F*ck everything days.”
“On the commute home, all I could think of was having a nice shower, meal and binge netflix until bed.”
“I get home, have my shower, get my dinner ready and turn on the telly to watch Netflix and get the message; ‘Unavailable. Too many users logged in.’ “
“I’m really annoyed now as I can see 4 devices logged and I’m sure I only have the plan that allows 2 devices.”
So OP did some sleuthing.
“I go check both my sisters and see they’re not logged into netflix.”
“Log into my laptop and checked the devices and IP and MAC addresses which I don’t recognise but notice, they are based in my fiance’s area.”
“I then notice someone has upgraded my account to the most expensive plan without my permission.”
To OP, the culprit was obvious
“I message my wife as I am too angry to talk, not only has she passed on my details to multiple people but someone has cost me money by upgrading my plan.”
“She tells me, everyone that is in her house has logged off but there is still one more device still logged on. I am seething now, more than one household is leeching off me.”
“I instantly check all devices and notice more than 10 devices!. I instantly log off all devices and change the password.”
That led to a heated back and forth.