When it comes to gift-giving, there are few circumstances where it is considered acceptable to ask for an item to be returned to you.
For instance, when going through a divorce, it is sometimes ok for the husband to ask for the engagement ring back.
However, I think we can all agree that it’s not alright to contact a friend who is grieving the loss of their baby to ask for the presents you bought the child so you can give them to someone else instead.
This is the horrendous situation one woman recently claims to have found herself in.
The unnamed woman shared details of the incident on Facebook and her post was later shared to Reddit’s Choosing Beggars forum where it’s fair to say people were horrified by what went down.
The post starts with the woman saying she didn’t want to air the drama but felt she no longer had a choice.
She goes on to explain that her pal (the name is crossed out) had bought presents for her little boy before he was born.
These gifts included a soft fleece blanket, a cuddly elephant, some clothes, booties and a singing toy.
Tragically, the mum-to-be says she went into labour at 29 weeks and the baby, who she had planned to call Benjamin, did not survive.
While grieving the loss of her son, the woman claims her pal got in touch with her to make a rather shocking request.
The post features screenshots of a text conversation in which the now ex-friend asks if she can have the baby presents she gave her back, as the woman no longer needs them.
“Hey hun just wondering if u used the bits n bobs I got for the baby if not I can give them to Laura’s little one, hope ur ok and resting up hun,” the text read.
The woman did not reply, so several more messages followed this, with another heartless one saying: “Let me know before I buy more stuff, save a bit of money before Xmas, u know how it is.”
At this point the grieving woman decides to respond, letting the other person know how ridiculous she’s being.
“I’m not doing ok, I’m heartbroken,” she writes.
“I can’t believe you’re asking me atm, but yes I still have the things, except for the blanket… he will be buried with it because it is warm and I thought it was stunning. I mean… I hope that’s ok for you?!?”
The friend clearly doesn’t understand what a difficult time it is for the woman, as she pushes the issue by asking for the blanket back as it’s “nice and warm” and would be perfect for Laura’s baby.
She continues to say: “Heartbreaking isn’t it hun, let me know if you need ANYTHING, I’m here all the time.”
Unsurprisingly, this garners no response, but she doesn’t stop there, reminding the woman that she doesn’t want to spend more money on gifts if she doesn’t have to and asking if she can come round and pick the items up herself.
Upset by it all, the woman tells her not to come anywhere near the house and that she’ll drop everything off at some point – except from the blanket, as it’s with Benjamin.
She adds: “My husband is fuming with these messages you are sending me a week after I lost my baby.”
The friend sends several more heartless messages with one claiming she had been “patient” and another demanding the woman cover the cost of the £7 baby blanket.
More than 800 people responded to the Reddit post, with one person writing: “Whoa holy balls. Imagine harassing a grieving mother over stuff that amounts to pocket change.”
Another replied: “Yeah… this is hands down the absolute worst thing I’ve ever read on this sub.”
A third said: “Wow…what a garbage human.”