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24 Jun 2023, 12:04 am

Hi everyone,
I got a water toy for Christmas from family and then recently I learned that my mom stole it from me and gave it to her co-worker to give to their child. I confronted my mom about it.She said that she gave it away without my permission because I never used it.The reason why I never used it mainly is because it was winter time when I got it so I did not want to get too cold from using it in the winter time. My mom also got mad at me and said that my I will be alone for the rest of my life.
What recourse do I have.I dont want to report the theft because its my mom.I wanted my mom to pay me back for her theft but she refuses to pay me anything.She says that I owe her because she raised me I never understood that because I never asked to be born.What should I do?What in the world?I cant believe my own mom stole my Xmas present.



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24 Jun 2023, 12:08 am

i'm sorry you had to experience this bad treatment from your own mother, but i don't believe this rises to a court-mediated offense. but it is not a good thing that your mom did, and i hope you recognize that as a mere mortal she is as prone to judgmental lapses as any human.



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24 Jun 2023, 12:16 am

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i'm sorry you had to experience this bad treatment from your own mother, but i don't believe this rises to a court-mediated offense. but it is not a good thing that your mom did, and i hope you recognize that as a mere mortal she is as prone to judgmental lapses as any human.

Okay thank you do you have any suggestions on getting her to pay me back for her theft of my property?



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24 Jun 2023, 12:23 am

that was a double bad thing she did when she insulted you on top of injuring you by the theft. but i am afraid that if you took her to small claims court 1]it might be a tall order to get a judge to rule in your favor, and 2] it could well burn your bridges not only with your mom but also with your siblings [if you have any] who might side with her. these two possibilities can't be dismissed out of hand as impossibilities.



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24 Jun 2023, 12:37 am

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that was a double bad thing she did when she insulted you on top of injuring you by the theft. but i am afraid that if you took her to small claims court 1]it might be a tall order to get a judge to rule in your favor, and 2] it could well burn your bridges not only with your mom but also with your siblings [if you have any] who might side with her. these two possibilities can't be dismissed out of hand as impossibilities.

Ya I would almost be willing to bet I would be literally homeless on the streets under the bridge if I tried to sue her.



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24 Jun 2023, 12:48 am

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24 Jun 2023, 12:54 am

What you should have gotten from her is an apology and confirmation that next time she wants to give away something of yours she will ask you first. To insult you instead was an inappropriate response.

Forget the money value. As a family, all the "stuff" in the home is considered, by some people, fair game to the heads of the home. I don't hold that position, myself, but I've met enough people that do to think it would be unwise to create an issue over it. It's the sentimental value and intent that matter more, and the lack of respect she's shown you. It was your gift, not hers, and her action showed insensitivity to your potential feelings, as well as the feelings of the person who gave the gift. If she can't respect you, can she respect the person who gave the gift? Her actions were equally thoughtless to them. I feel like your goal should be for her to acknowledge that she acted inappropriately, and then move on.


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24 Jun 2023, 4:56 am

It was disrespectful of her to just get rid of it before asking first.

It reminds me of a gift I had bought my brother one Christmas, which was a funny novelty moneybox. Then about a year later I found out my mum had thrown it out. She said she thought it was just junk, but both me and my brother were mad because she didn't have the right to just go into his room and throw away something of his without asking him first.


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24 Jun 2023, 1:31 pm

Your only recourse is to steal from her and not get caught.


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25 Jun 2023, 7:21 pm

You can’t be charged with theft from people in your own home. I had to report it once when my then-partner stole money and goods from my children to pawn for drug money.

Do not “steal” it back from your mother. This is a domestic situation where you’ll need to discuss your concern with your mother and set boundaries about what’s yours and what’s hers including gifts.


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26 Jun 2023, 12:01 am

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You can’t be charged with theft from people in your own home. I had to report it once when my then-partner stole money and goods from my children to pawn for drug money.

Do not “steal” it back from your mother. This is a domestic situation where you’ll need to discuss your concern with your mother and set boundaries about what’s yours and what’s hers including gifts.

How do you know it is not against the law in Texas?Different Jurisdictions often times have varying laws in so many different areas.Did your then-partner commit the theft in the American state of Texas?



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26 Jun 2023, 12:17 am

Stealing gifts from someone to re-gift to someone else is simply wrong.  What your mom did is NOT okay.


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26 Jun 2023, 1:19 am

Texasmoneyman300 wrote:
IsabellaLinton wrote:
You can’t be charged with theft from people in your own home. I had to report it once when my then-partner stole money and goods from my children to pawn for drug money.

Do not “steal” it back from your mother. This is a domestic situation where you’ll need to discuss your concern with your mother and set boundaries about what’s yours and what’s hers including gifts.

How do you know it is not against the law in Texas?Different Jurisdictions often times have varying laws in so many different areas.Did your then-partner commit the theft in the American state of Texas?


No it wasn’t in Texas. I appreciate that the law may be different there. Have you investigated Texas law and if so could you please post what it says about theft between family members living in the same residence? I’d be in support of such a law. I just don’t think that stealing it back from your mother would be the right course of action.


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26 Jun 2023, 1:43 am

IsabellaLinton wrote:
Texasmoneyman300 wrote:
IsabellaLinton wrote:
You can’t be charged with theft from people in your own home. I had to report it once when my then-partner stole money and goods from my children to pawn for drug money.

Do not “steal” it back from your mother. This is a domestic situation where you’ll need to discuss your concern with your mother and set boundaries about what’s yours and what’s hers including gifts.

How do you know it is not against the law in Texas?Different Jurisdictions often times have varying laws in so many different areas.Did your then-partner commit the theft in the American state of Texas?


No it wasn’t in Texas. I appreciate that the law may be different there. Have you investigated Texas law and if so could you please post what it says about theft between family members living in the same residence? I’d be in support of such a law. I just don’t think that stealing it back from your mother would be the right course of action.

Hi I have investigated the law.It did not specifically mention theft between family in the same residence.

However it said petty theft of things of value of less than 50 dollars is punished by no jail time and if its more than 50 dollars its class B misdemeanor theft which is punished by 180 days in county jail.I am not a lawyer so I dont exactly know the legal ramifications.My stolen property has already been given away and I will never get it back.I think the petty theft could be punished by up to a 500 dollar fine.However if it was Class B then she is potentially looking at 6 months in the county jail and a 2,000 dollar fine but I dont want to send my own mom to county jail or anything like that.

This is not even the first time she has stole from me because she has extorted thousands of dollars from me so she has a history of not respecting my boundaries and then when I confront her she guilt trips me.Also my mom has put quite a bit of my property on the internet to sell without my permission.



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05 Jul 2023, 8:36 pm

I have a difficult time believing that involving the law, no matter what it may say, will improve your situation with your parents. I understand you are frustrated, especially since she seems to have a history of taking your stuff, but you really need to find another way to get your point across and be heard. I've mentioned before that you might need to find a way to demonstrate additional maturity and responsibility as a way of challenging them into respect, and perhaps we could brainstorm something along those lines here. Getting inside their heads is hard, but what if you purchased a locking cabinet for your things, and diligently stored them there, ensuring she didn't have either temptation or access? If they ask questions, you could answer that you are tired of them disrespecting your possessions, so decided to make the possibility a non-issue, remove the source of temptation? Make sure to keep all your things in your private space, keep your private space spotless, do your own wash, and give her no reasons to enter your space.

Or you move out, taking all your things with you, but I know you have reasons you can't. So making life in the current situation best it can be is the project.


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06 Jul 2023, 7:15 pm

DW_a_mom wrote:
I have a difficult time believing that involving the law, no matter what it may say, will improve your situation with your parents. I understand you are frustrated, especially since she seems to have a history of taking your stuff, but you really need to find another way to get your point across and be heard. I've mentioned before that you might need to find a way to demonstrate additional maturity and responsibility as a way of challenging them into respect, and perhaps we could brainstorm something along those lines here. Getting inside their heads is hard, but what if you purchased a locking cabinet for your things, and diligently stored them there, ensuring she didn't have either temptation or access? If they ask questions, you could answer that you are tired of them disrespecting your possessions, so decided to make the possibility a non-issue, remove the source of temptation? Make sure to keep all your things in your private space, keep your private space spotless, do your own wash, and give her no reasons to enter your space.

Or you move out, taking all your things with you, but I know you have reasons you can't. So making life in the current situation best it can be is the project.

Thats possibly a good idea but the thing is my dad wont let me buy a locking thing for my personal stuff.Their philosophy is basically is that even though its my property its their house so they can still prolly do what they want with my stuff in their own eyes.