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Teen Ruins Aunt’s $20k Coat As A “Prank” For Views, She Decides To Sue
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Teen Ruins Aunt’s $20k Coat As A “Prank” For Views, She Decides To Sue

It may not be April 1st any time soon, but pranks can be pulled year round! Sneak some toothpaste between some Oreos and deliver them kindly on a plate to your friends, stick googly eyes on all of your roommate’s produce for a surprise when they open the fridge, fill your partner’s car with balloons before they head off to work, or cover your bathroom mirror with unflattering selfies of your roommate. As long as nobody gets hurt and there’s no property damaged, feel free to have a little fun!

It’s easy to get carried away with pranks though. One minute you and your friends are laughing hysterically, then before you know it, someone’s being rushed to the hospital or calling the fire department… It’s important never to take a prank too far. But unfortunately for one woman, a “prank” her niece recently pulled was not very well received and might even escalate to them hiring lawyers.

Below, you can find the full story that this frustrated aunt recently shared on the Am I the [Jerk]? subreddit wondering if suing her sister and niece would be an overreaction to the thousands of dollars in damages caused. We would love to hear your thoughts on the situation down below, pandas, and then if you’re interested in checking out another Bored Panda article featuring a prank gone wrong, you can find that right here!

This woman is wondering if it would be wrong to sue her niece for ruining an expensive coat on purpose

Image credits: elpidioloffredo (not the actual photo)

Image credits: Liza Summer (not the actual photo)

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The woman later shared an update on the situation and explained what her niece’s punishment will be

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She also responded to several readers and provided additional details about the situation

Personally, I am far from a prankster myself, pandas. Maybe I’ll do something small like hiding a silly photo in my partner’s drawers, so he is greeted with a smiling Shrek when he goes to pick out his clothes for the day. But plotting pranks to pull on family members and recording them to post on Instagram is way out of my wheelhouse. Teenagers tend to be naturals at pulling pranks though. And I would never want to stand in a kid’s way when they’re just trying to have a little fun. But this girl is 16 years old. She should understand that this “joke” was far from harmless. 

Not all 16-year-olds have a great understanding of money, but one would think that a teen would consider $20k to be even more than it is. This girl likely has much less than that amount in her bank account, so throwing it down the drain by destroying this coat is shocking. When it comes to how the aunt decides to respond to the coat incident, legal action seems appropriate. However, engaging in a legal battle is expensive and complicated, especially when trying to sue a family member. Technically, one can sue a minor, but they typically don’t have much money, and their parents might not be held responsible for their actions.

According to FindLaw.com, minors can be sued for defamation, causing personal injury, assault or battery, a copyright violation, property damage, trespassing, breach of contract, or infliction of emotional distress. In this situation, it appears that property damage might be the way to go. However, aside from the niece being a minor, it also may seem a bit extreme to sue a family member. Will the relationship be permanently damaged? Will it cause more rifts in the family? Well, apparently, about one third of people would consider suing a family member or friend if an injury or damages were severe enough. It’s not an easy course of action, but sometimes it is warranted.

This situation is unfortunate all around. The woman lost her beautiful coat that was a gift from her mother-in-law, and her relationship with her sister and aunt is likely permanently tarnished, regardless of whether they end up going to court or not. Many readers agreed that this woman is justified if she decides to seek legal action. Of course, nobody needs a $20k coat in the first place, and she is well aware that it is luxurious, as she mentioned in the post. But causing $20k worth of damage in someone’s home or car would be frowned upon without any questions, so this shouldn’t be any different. Let us know in the comments what you think about this situation, pandas, and if you’ve ever found yourself in a legal dispute with a family member, feel free to share your personal stories as well. Then if you’d like to read another Bored Panda article about pranks gone wrong, look no further than right here.    

Many people sympathized with the woman and agreed that she would be justified in pursuing legal action

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Will Cable
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Anyone else sick of this kind of attitude when people do stuff and say "It's a prank" as if it absolves them from all responsibility.

Ent Hugger
Community Member
1 month ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

completely! and sometimes they don't even feel like (what i would consider) pranks... like you're not putting your co-worker's stapler in jello - you're slapping a stranger or whatever... i've seen idiots on youtube full on assault someone and immediately go to "oh it's a prank!" just feels lazy and mean! love the person who commented we should back the stockades for pranksters, seems reasonable to me lol

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Kate Jones
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1 month ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In reading the follow up, I'm happy with the way the BIL responded. I'm glad she's going to face some responsibility for her actions. Feel however you want about fur or leather....I get that. You may feel morally justified in destroying something but if you are going to be self-righteous and commit a crime over it, then you have to have the same willingness to pay for your crime. I watch a lot of court shows and it drives me crazy when people destroy something that belongs to someone else and act like 'it's not a big deal' because *they* don't think it's valuable or don't think they should pay the full value of it because 'it was an accident'. You still damaged it beyond repair. Especially with cars. I could have an old car that gets me to work and works fine it's just older but it's paid off and i can't afford to buy a new one. And you're texting and hit me. Now my car is considered totaled and I can't afford a new/used car so now I lose my job because i can't get to work. It's so annoying how people don't see how their actions cost people so much.

Pixie
Community Member
1 month ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reddit has an update: "When my husband got home, I told him what happened and showed him the video. He asked if I spoke with my BIL and I said no, all my conversations were with my sister. He said that he will take care of it. Now, a disclaimer: I understand nothing when it comes to insurance claims, and this is what my husband told me/I understood happened. My husband talked with my BIL, told him exactly what happened and showed him the prank video. Then he told him that the coat was insured, we will be filing a claim and submitting the video, and we might have to file charges for the claim (he assured him that we would be dropping the charges, we do not want to send niece to jail). Then he told him that one of two things might happen: after our insurance pays us, they will come after them. If their insurance pays, their premium will skyrocket. If it doesn't, they might sue them, and might get a lien on their house. [...]

Pixie
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

[...] My BIL asked if there was a way he could pay us without involving insurance, my husband told him that that was what we wanted at first, but that my sister insisted that they will not be paying us back. Apparently, my BIL was not in the know, and he was very pissed off at what my niece did, and my sister's response. So they came to this solution: my niece's car will be sold, and if it doesn't fetch the whole compensation money, she will have to get a job and pay me the whole check untill it is paid off. Also she is grounded for the rest of the school year. I am thankful for the people who encouraged me to talk with my husband."

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Will Cable
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Anyone else sick of this kind of attitude when people do stuff and say "It's a prank" as if it absolves them from all responsibility.

Ent Hugger
Community Member
1 month ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

completely! and sometimes they don't even feel like (what i would consider) pranks... like you're not putting your co-worker's stapler in jello - you're slapping a stranger or whatever... i've seen idiots on youtube full on assault someone and immediately go to "oh it's a prank!" just feels lazy and mean! love the person who commented we should back the stockades for pranksters, seems reasonable to me lol

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Kate Jones
Community Member
1 month ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In reading the follow up, I'm happy with the way the BIL responded. I'm glad she's going to face some responsibility for her actions. Feel however you want about fur or leather....I get that. You may feel morally justified in destroying something but if you are going to be self-righteous and commit a crime over it, then you have to have the same willingness to pay for your crime. I watch a lot of court shows and it drives me crazy when people destroy something that belongs to someone else and act like 'it's not a big deal' because *they* don't think it's valuable or don't think they should pay the full value of it because 'it was an accident'. You still damaged it beyond repair. Especially with cars. I could have an old car that gets me to work and works fine it's just older but it's paid off and i can't afford to buy a new one. And you're texting and hit me. Now my car is considered totaled and I can't afford a new/used car so now I lose my job because i can't get to work. It's so annoying how people don't see how their actions cost people so much.

Pixie
Community Member
1 month ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reddit has an update: "When my husband got home, I told him what happened and showed him the video. He asked if I spoke with my BIL and I said no, all my conversations were with my sister. He said that he will take care of it. Now, a disclaimer: I understand nothing when it comes to insurance claims, and this is what my husband told me/I understood happened. My husband talked with my BIL, told him exactly what happened and showed him the prank video. Then he told him that the coat was insured, we will be filing a claim and submitting the video, and we might have to file charges for the claim (he assured him that we would be dropping the charges, we do not want to send niece to jail). Then he told him that one of two things might happen: after our insurance pays us, they will come after them. If their insurance pays, their premium will skyrocket. If it doesn't, they might sue them, and might get a lien on their house. [...]

Pixie
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

[...] My BIL asked if there was a way he could pay us without involving insurance, my husband told him that that was what we wanted at first, but that my sister insisted that they will not be paying us back. Apparently, my BIL was not in the know, and he was very pissed off at what my niece did, and my sister's response. So they came to this solution: my niece's car will be sold, and if it doesn't fetch the whole compensation money, she will have to get a job and pay me the whole check untill it is paid off. Also she is grounded for the rest of the school year. I am thankful for the people who encouraged me to talk with my husband."

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