Over on Reddit’s “Am I the A**hole” (AITA) people ask if what they did made them a jerk.
But sometimes the difference between being a jerk and a minor prank is closer than you’d think.
Redditor Bird_and_Toast shared an incident where he maybe could have done something nicer, but was his choice really so mean?
To find out, the original poster (OP) asked AITA users if they could judge what he did.
“AITA for recording instead of reminding my wife when a bird was eating her toast?”
Reminding his wife of what, you may ask?
“I have a rather light-hearted story to share. We had a laugh and got over it but my wife insisted I was deliberately being an ass.”
“My wife recently got addicted to a game called Cookie Run and had been on her tablet whenever she could.”
“The children were at their grandparents for the weekend. We woke up to a fine weather on Saturday and I made toasts for both of us.”
“My wife was as usual, busy on her tablet that she did not touch her toast at all even after I have finished with it.”
“After I came back from washing the plates I saw that a bird had flown in and was on the table looking hungrily at my wife’s toast. My wife was still on her tablet and was clueless when the bird carefully approached her plate and started eating at her toast.”
“I quickly whipped out my phone and recorded this precious moment of the bird pecking at the toast while my wife was still drinking coffee and playing on her tablet in an arm’s length, completely oblivious to its demise.”
“It lasted for around a whole minute when the bird decided it had enough and flew off. It was only then that I ended the recording and reminded my wife what had just happened.”
“She didn’t believe it until I showed her the video and we both laughed, but she still called me an a** for recording instead of reminding her. I discarded the remains of the poor toast and made her a new one.”
“We shared the video with the children later on and my wife complained to them(in a light hearted way) how I deliberately let it happen.”
“In my defense, it was her own responsibility to protect her breakfast from the predatory birds, and she cannot blame me for not recording this moment that we can laugh at for years to come.”
OP’s little prank lost his wife her original toast, but he kindly made a new one. However, he did choose to record a video rather than doing anything about the bird.
Redditors judged whether OP was a jerk by including one of the following in their response:
- NTA – Not the A**hole
- YTA – You’re the A**hole
- NAH – No A**holes Here
- ESH – Everybody Sucks Here
The commenters easily determined that no one was a jerk. OP might have taken video instead of warning his wife, but she also thought the joke was pretty funny.
It’s nice when no one is actually at fault.
“NAH. If you did anything wrong it was verbalising the situation to her rather than just messaging the video to her ipad, which would have been way more hilarious.”
“To be fair to your wife, you did let it deliberately happen, but we all must make sacrifices for comedy.” – _Kenndrah_
“NAH. Wholesome AF. Glad you two have a good-natured relationship. I would’ve videoed too!” – Expat_89
“NAH, the only way you could’ve been a teensy lil baby AH is if there was no more bread to make another piece of toast, which doesn’t seem to be the case here.”
“Tbh if this was my partner and I, I’d have recorded instead of saying anything too.” – dangeroussequence
“NAH. That’s really funny! As there was no real harm in the bird eating the toast for either the toast-haver or the bird, there’s absolutely no harm in videotaping it instead of saying ‘hey honey, there’s a bird eating your toast!’.”
“Honestly, sometimes you gotta do what makes for the better story. In this case, it’s letting a random bird eat your wife’s toast while you videotape it.”
“I hope the bird had a nice breakfast.” – The-Moocat
“I’ve made the “do I help my kid or take a picture” choice and bet your butt I took the picture.”
“(She was 3, sitting in a hollow ottoman, butt inside, legs over the side but couldn’t pull herself out. She wasn’t afraid or in danger, she just looked goofy and was giggling, I rarely grab my phone for photos, but it was too cute).”
“Sometimes, precious moments are cute and awkward. Also if she was paying attention, it wouldn’t have happened.” – Princesssassafras
Of course, many appreciated the story for the humorous tale it was.
“That last paragraph reminds of the Kanye tweet: ‘I hate when I’m on a flight and I wake up with a water bottle next to me like oh great now I gotta be responsible for this water bottle’.”
“As you say it is a very light hearted and funny story, but keeping with the usual mood of this subreddit: You are an AH and your wife should divorce you and seek therapy” – HamidiateEffect
“1.You claim you have video if a cute moment, but do not share it.”
“2.You threw away the toast instead of throwing it outside so the bird could eat it.” – DarcyKnits
“Once upon a time, I was sitting in the kitchen doing homework while my mom was in the living room watching tv and eating Chex mix.”
“At that time, we had a cat that was obsessed with people food (her favorites being bananas and Pringles, but really anything salty would do). My mom put a pretzel on the foot stool for the cat—she licked off all the salt, then went off to do cat things.”
“My dad then walked into the room to talk to my mom. We both watched in amused horror as he picked up the pretzel and ate it (neither of us told him the truth about its origins).”
“In summary-NAH. If you had let your wife eat the bird-pecked toast, you could conceivably be the a**hole.” – ecstaticeggplnt
OP updated their post with a quick thanks for the camaraderie.
“Thank you for all the comments, my family had a good laugh reading them!”
“Regretfully, I cannot share the video for privacy reasons(and for my own safety, wife is reading this too).”
It’s nice to have a fun story every so often where all the involved parties understand where they stand.