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Man Unexpectedly Returns Early from Work to Surprise Wife & Sees Stranger's Car near Home

Junie Sihlangu
Oct 30, 2023
11:00 A.M.

A husband forgot it was his day off and went to work. Moments later, he hurried home to surprise his wife, but as he crept into his apartment, he heard weird noises coming from their bedroom.

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A husband posted on Reddit's "Cheating Stories" sub under Equivalent_Stock_971 explaining how he was destroyed after returning home to surprise his wife while she believed he was away at work.

Recalling the incident on Reddit, the original poster (OP) said he was an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) trainee in 2010. He was 27 and happily married to his wife of two years, a career planner in the Marines.

A married couple lovingly embracing while outside | Source: Pexels

A married couple lovingly embracing while outside | Source: Pexels

Although their work schedules mostly overlapped, their days off were different. OP's job permitted him to switch days with his trainees and take a day off. So, one day, he had forgotten he'd swapped a day with a fellow trainee and left for work on his day off.

What Happened When the Man Arrived Home Unannounced?

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After laughing it off at his workplace, OP went home to surprise his wife. When he reached his flat, he noticed a Dodge Challenger parked on his spot. He felt weird since ample visitor parking space was available.

OP noticed a Dodge Challenger parked on his spot outside his flat. | Source: Unsplash

OP noticed a Dodge Challenger parked on his spot outside his flat. | Source: Unsplash

Nonetheless, he silently crept into his apartment, wanting to surprise his wife, and heard strange noises from his bedroom. Since the bedroom door was wide open, OP heard it loud and clear.

The last straw came eight months later when the woman's affair partner contacted OP, pleading for a favor.

He assumed his wife was alone watching "adult videos" and recalled them watching such things often together. "Wow…I can catch her solo," he thought, wanting to surprise her with embarrassment.

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The husband felt weird when he heard strange noises emanating from his bedroom. | Source: Pexels

The husband felt weird when he heard strange noises emanating from his bedroom. | Source: Pexels

But as he inched closer to their bedroom, something about the sounds he heard didn't add up. Although the noises sounded familiar, OP couldn't recognize the video clip. The man said he froze when he got to the door's threshold.

A man wearing a suit, standing by a window | Source: Pexels

A man wearing a suit, standing by a window | Source: Pexels

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He gaped at the hair-raising sight of his wife in bed with another man. Around 15 seconds later, OP's wife looked towards the door. She was shocked as she breathed heavily and angrily looked at him and said he wasn't supposed to be there, to which he responded, "Today is 'MY' day off??"

An upset man holding his glasses while standing against a wall | Source: Pexels

An upset man holding his glasses while standing against a wall | Source: Pexels

OP stood frozen in grave silence as his wife's affair partner hurried to the doorway and waited for him to let him pass. Before he left, he looked at OP and said, "Aye man, thanks…but it is what it is," much to the poster's frustration.

OP's wife blocked his way when he advanced towards the man. | Source: Pexels

OP's wife blocked his way when he advanced towards the man. | Source: Pexels

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A few moments into his heartbreak, OP saw the man was still outside in his car. In a rage, he grabbed his bowling ball to smash something but was appalled when his wife blocked his way to protect the guy. That's when OP broke down and moved away from his wife.

What Did the Poster Do after Finding His Wife Had Been Cheating On Him?

After that shattering episode, OP informed his family and focused on his career. But to his surprise, his wife often showed up at his school's nursing classes to breed jealousy among the female students.

A medical professional dressed in his profession's clothes. | Source: Pexels

A medical professional dressed in his profession's clothes. | Source: Pexels

However, the last straw came eight months later when the woman's affair partner contacted him, pleading for a favor. He wanted OP to get a written letter signed to his command claiming Equivalent_Stock_971's wife had harassed him. In return, he assured OP he'd help him transition his divorce without having to pay alimony.

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After listening to the man's pleas, OP downright refused to help. He was content knowing karma played out in the guy's life. Then, he left his wife a voicemail and threatened to report her for violating his restraining order and passing his information to the other man.

OP sent a voicemail to his wife & threatened to report her for violating their restraining order. | Source: Pexels

OP sent a voicemail to his wife & threatened to report her for violating their restraining order. | Source: Pexels

Following a tumultuous divorce, OP moved on. He married a nurse he dated and had a son with her. Equivalent_Stock_971 found out his wife was doing fine through her social media and thought of contacting her. But in the end, he decided that some things were better put to rest and never reached out to her again.

How Did Reddit Users React to the Story?

After reading OP's story, fellow Redditors wrote in anonymously, with some puzzled as to why he'd wanted to even reach out to his ex again. User lwfj9m9 asked:

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"Why would u reach out to her????? Confused."

Following his divorce, OP married a nurse he dated. | Source: Unsplash

Following his divorce, OP married a nurse he dated. | Source: Unsplash

For closure and to thank her, I grew that day ten years ago...," OP responded in the thread. Some reminded OP not to contact his ex and advised him to stop watching her for his good.

"You still don't know her… I don't think you ever did... You were always Mr. Plan B. And that will be the case for a long time to come. So, you MUST move on from her in mind," Redditor ManufacturerMuted858 advised.

As for the ex's significant other, OP never saw the guy again. "I should have reported that Marine, but I felt he would get his... Also, it was almost a year when I have seen him," he recounted.

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People on Reddit advised OP to move on from his ex for his own good. | Source: Pexels

People on Reddit advised OP to move on from his ex for his own good. | Source: Pexels

Questions to Ponder:

How would you handle seeing your partner hooking up with someone else while you're away?

When OP found his wife was romantically involved with her affair partner, he was devastated. He eventually realized divorce was his only option and moved on after a tumultuous split from her. Would you seek divorce after discovering your partner's infidelity, or would you give them a chance to prove their loyalty to you?

A couple arguing inside their home. | Source: Pexels

A couple arguing inside their home. | Source: Pexels

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Would it be easy for you to move on from a divorce/breakup in a similar plight?

Although OP met many women at his workplace, he feared getting into a new relationship due to the emotional scars from his wife's infidelity. He eventually fell in love with a nurse and married her in the end. How would you move on from a similar heartbreak, and would you be open to trusting someone who might be interested in you?

If you liked reading this story, here's one about how a pregnant woman accidentally catches her mother being intimate with her husband in their bedroom and immediately asks her father to come over.

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