Woman claims she fines boyfriend $50 every time he comes home late

omg 15/01/2019

We've probably all had a curfew as a teen, but a woman has caused a stir online by saying she fines her boyfriend US$50 (NZ$73) whenever he doesn't come home on time after a night out.

In a Reddit forum, the woman claims to have turned to the drastic action to save her relationship.

"My boyfriend and I have been living together for two years. I'm naturally a homebody. But, when we first started dating, I kind of had a drinking problem," she wrote, adding that it was common for her to stay out late at bars and let her phone battery die.

"Every time, my boyfriend expressed that he hated this. He hated the staying out late and he hated the dead phone. He told me it was unacceptable."

She then said that in surprising twist, it's now her boyfriend who stays out most weekends to 3am with his new set of friends, while she stays in.

"I want him to have his space because humans deserve that. But it still bothers me that he's late, only because of the double standard that he's set in our relationship," the woman explained.

For this reason, she's decided to create a rule - not just for him, but her too.

"Tonight when he left at midnight, I made a proposition. If either one us aren't home at 4am, we have to give the other $50 and no one can be angry," she said.

"My reasoning is that he's either going to tire of paying the $50 and come home on time, or afford me the same level of understanding for occasionally staying out until the bars close."

Opinion was split over whether the author of the post was an asshole, but most agreed it was a bad idea.

"You're [not the asshole] but this $50 thing is going to breed resentment, not actually encourage him to get home on time," one commenter wrote.

"You don't seem to be able to properly communicate your feelings to each other, or he just doesn't care how you feel."

"This is a really stupid and childish game both of you are playing," wrote an angrier person. "You admitted you had a problem and you admitted that you basically allowed your cell phone to die. It sounds like you are trying to get revenge. I'd just save my money and get rid of you."

"He's doing what you used to, except he keeps himself available at all times by phone. What's the issue if you can, at any time, reach out and make sure he's OK? Absolutely a terrible idea to charge him for coming home late," said another.