An older sibling can be a great person to have around. They guide you through the major milestones and offer lessons learned from the mistakes they made when in your position.
But where is the line between healthy reliance on a big brother or sister and totally crossing a line?
For one Redditor, that line may still be a mystery. But he certainly knew when his younger brother crossed clear beyond it.
Known as justnoJoe on the site, the Original Poster (OP) recounted a recent experience on the “Am I the A**hole (AITA)” subReddit.
OP’s title on the post said it all:
“AITA for ratting out my brother after I found out he was using my pic to catfish a girl?”
He began with a quick character sketch of the younger brother at hand.
“I just found this out earlier and I don’t know what to think.”
“My brother is 15 and I’m [a 19-year-old male]. He’s kind of shy, doesn’t have that many friends so he spends most of his time online and stuff.”
A punishment led to some borrowing.
“Well today my mom took his phone away because he didn’t do his chores at all today by the time she got home and wasn’t allowed to use it til he finished.”
“My brother begged me to use mine for like an hour because he needed to talk to someone. I was going to workout downstairs anyways so I let him use it. When I got out the shower he left my phone on my bed.”
“I saw a notification on my screen from my kik but it was someone I didn’t know saying ‘I love u too.'”
OP couldn’t help but do some snooping.
“Then I thought he probably left it logged in to his account.”
“But when I went to the app to log out I freaked out cuz I saw a pic of me as his profile. But with his name. I saw he was only messaging with one person and it was some girl.”
“But looked like they were together online and then earlier he sent her a random selfie of me from when I went hiking saying that’s what he was doing right now. It was so fu**ing weird.”
OP quickly connected the dots.
“He was pretending to be me with this chick. I didn’t know what else to except message the girl back telling her idk where they met but it’s definitely not me she been talking to.”
“She thought I was messing around first but I told her I was serious.”
“We only chatted a little. The girl said she was sorry and she had no idea. I logged out of the account and my brother got a message from her where she basically broke up with him.”
But OP’s brother felt differently.
“He came into my room pissed because I just ruined this for him and it wasn’t a big deal to tell her anything. My brother said he liked her and it’s not like they were gonna meet anyways so didn’t hurt anybody to lie.”
So he’s not talking to me because I made her breakup with him and I’m not sure if I was TA for telling her the truth in the end.”
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
Most Redditors threw their support behind OP. Plenty weighed in on the moral problems of catfishing.