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I Kicked My In-Laws Out after Finding Out What They Did in My Bedroom While I Was Out

Salwa Nadeem
Jan 16, 2024
09:20 A.M.

A woman and her husband installed hidden cameras in their house for security reasons. While they were out of their home, the woman received a notification on her phone saying someone had entered her bedroom and was shocked when she saw the footage. This incident raised questions about the safety and privacy of one's personal space, sparking a reflection on the dynamics people share with their in-laws.

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Why is it so common to have toxic in-laws? Developing a healthy relationship with in-laws rarely crosses one's mind before they get married. After living with their spouse and interacting with their relatives, they discover how their in-laws are. Some people get along well with their in-laws, while others take time.

What's worse than watching your nosy in-laws enter your locked bedroom to rummage through your personal belongings? Nothing! A Reddit user shared a story of an altercation between her and in-laws that led her to kick them out of her home.

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A big beautiful house | Source: Shutterstock

The 23-year-old Redditor explained that she and her husband, 25, had bought their first home together. The house had four bedrooms as the couple planned on having children in the future. But in the meantime, they were living with her husband's parents since their home was getting renovated.

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As someone who grew up with five siblings, the Original Poster (OP) expressed that she was very protective of her belongings, so every time she and her husband left the house, they locked their bedroom because they did not want anyone snooping through their personal stuff.

They had also installed cameras around the house since their neighbors had experienced a break-in. But one weekend, when the couple was away, they left the in-laws alone at home. The wife was surprised when she got a notification of movement in her bedroom.

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A slightly open door | Source: Shutterstock

The 23-year-old was confused since she had locked the room, but she was even more shocked when the footage showed her mother-in-law (MIL) ripping off her bedsheets.

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Her father-in-law opened the closets and threw out all the clothes like he was searching for something. The woman lost her cool when she found out why her in-laws broke into her bedroom, so she asked them to leave the house immediately.

She wrote, "My husband and I were furious. When we got home, we saw our room and asked them why they would do this. And they said that they were sure we were hiding that we were secretly pregnant, and they wanted proof (ultrasound photos) to show their friends that they were going to be grandparents."

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Someone opening a door | Source: Getty Images

The woman also asked her in-laws to pay for the damages, but they didn't. On the other hand, her husband's siblings are angry at her for kicking their parents out because they have nowhere else to go.

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She asked other users if she was at fault, and one of them said she should never take in her in-laws again. Other users also objected to her in-laws' unacceptable behavior.

They asked why her mother-in-law ripped off her bedsheets because that had nothing to do with having a baby. Another user doubted the in-laws' intentions and said they had something else going on in their minds.

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They said that her husband's parents must have entered the room to look for money or something else, and they just came up with another story. Another Redditor added that the siblings were only angry at them because they did not want to take responsibility for their parents.

However, one commenter suggested she circulate the videos of them going through the bedroom, but the Redditor was already thinking ahead. She wrote, "I'm waiting until Saturday. Because I know they get paid Friday, so if they don't give me my money by Saturday, I'm taking them to court and sending out the video.

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Another similar post surfaced on Reddit, where the user posted that she had to kick her mother-in-law out of the house while her fiance was away. Her fiance was upset, so she felt guilty and asked other users for their opinion.

She always got along with her husband's mother, but it wasn't the same this time. She said that her MIL is a talkative person who expresses her opinions bluntly and argues if people disagree with her. They got into an argument about a political issue, and her MIL offended her by bad-mouthing her parents.

The woman had to kick her MIL out of the house because that was the only way to avoid further arguments. Her fiance wasn't happy about it but understood why she kicked her out. Another Redditor advised her not to apologize because her mother-in-law sounded like someone who would hold this over her.

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Why do People Dislike Their In-Laws?

Not liking your in-laws is very common, especially when they don't understand your viewpoints and interfere in your married life. However, that doesn't mean you disrespect and kick them out of your life. Doing so will make your spouse and their parents grow apart, and they will blame you for it.

In-laws often play wicked games that turn spouses against each other. Their blame game is one of the reasons why marriages fall apart. Some in-laws also don't like their child's spouse, so they intentionally make them feel bad through their words and actions.

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Some in-laws always have a never-ending list of complaints that create unnecessary drama and spark rage in their children's hearts. Experts suggest you let go of those complaints and not have a close relationship with your in-laws when they behave like this. You don't have to accept everything they say.

Don't feel bad if you have a strained relationship with your mother-in-law while your friend has the best in-laws in the world. Some people are easy to get along with, while others are stubborn and aren't open to changes. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to help you improve your relationship with your in-laws.

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Family having dinner together | Source: Unsplash

While you don't like having your in-laws around, your spouse enjoys spending time with them. This can make you feel like you are wasting time when you meet your in-laws. You might feel helpless when your spouse insists on visiting their parents more often.

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If you are in such a situation, experts suggest communicating with your spouse and telling them how you feel around their parents. They will help you blend into the family by initiating conversations when visiting your in-laws when they understand your case.

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A family enjoying a meal | Source: Shutterstock

You and your spouse should always be on the same team. You should allow them to talk to you about anything, and they should also do the same. If your in-laws try to turn their child against you, you can speak to your spouse and let them know the truth.

Other times, when intrusive in-laws try to fit themselves between you and your spouse, you can talk to them as a team. Make them understand that they can't poke their nose in everything you and your spouse do. Make sure not to offend them because that will ruin your relationship.

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The Redditor wanted to ensure her in-laws never meddled in her business again. She gave an update on what she did with the footage and whether her in-laws paid her. It turned out that things took a turn for the worse as the wife revealed that her husband's parents told her they did not have the money.

So the couple circulated the video to the family and went to the police. The Redditor said she is now waiting for a court date and was advised by the police to get a restraining order. As it stands, the couple have no contact with their in-laws.

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Communicating your issues to your spouse's parents as a team can help you handle difficult in-laws and save your marriage from falling apart. What do you think? We'd love to know if you have any advice for couples who struggle to deal with difficult in-laws.

If you enjoyed this story, here are five stories about the weird actions of mothers-in-laws that have affected their families.

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