Within the Reddit world, there’s a subReddit called AITA (Am I The A**hole?) where Redditors tell a story they were involved in and ask whether they or the other party are in the wrong. Readers usually respond with a comment that includes one of the four following judgements: YTA (you’re the a**hole), NTA (not the a**hole), ESH (everyone sucks here), or NAH (no a**holes here).
In this scenario, a Redditor posted a question about whether they were wrong to call the police and have their brother put in jail. Of course, in most scenarios, the answer would be “YTA,” but wait until you hear the rest of the story.
The person who posted the story says that they live with their brother and that he’s generally helpful and knowledgeable about the poster’s type 1 diabetes.
“I am an insulin-dependent diabetic,” the Redditor writes. “I have been since birth. I am on a pump and don’t have a problem affording my supplies. Hell, I usually have extra insulin just in case. My brother knows this. He lives with me and is pretty active in my care. He’s always asking me how my sugar is, he helps make diabetic-friendly meals and is the first to help when I’m too high or too low.”
However, despite his outward appearance that the brother cares for his sibling, there’s a twist in the story that makes it apparent that he can’t be trusted.
“A few months ago, his girlfriend was diagnosed with diabetes and put on insulin,” the Redditor recalls. “I have helped where I could with teaching her how to keep her sugar in line. She’s such a sweet girl and I hate that she’s going thru this. Unbeknownst to me, she was having problems affording her medicine. I would have been more than happy to help if I had been told because I know first hand the effects of not having it.
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“Last week, I had to refill my pump and noticed my supply was a lot lower than normal. I asked my brother if he remembers how much I had gotten last time. He said he didn’t know. I figured I messed up and it was fine. A few days later, on Christmas Eve, his girlfriend came over, hugged me, and thanked me for the insulin. I was pissed. Not at her but at my brother. I’ll admit I yelled at him. He didn’t feel bad about it and kept saying it was no big deal, I had enough to spare.”
That’s when the Redditor told their brother to pack his things and called the police. He was arrested for theft and put in jail.
“As you can imagine, our parents are pissed that I had him arrested the day before Christmas,” the Redditor continues. “They bailed him out but are now giving me the silent treatment until I apologize and pay them back. They said that he’s family and I had more than enough to spare. I’m starting to think I’m in the wrong because he was just trying to help his girlfriend and everyone is right.”
As for the girlfriend, she was upset about her boyfriend going to jail and about not being able to afford her insulin, but the poster offered to pay for her insulin for a few months to help her get back on her feet.
“I do have enough to spare but I can’t get over the fact he did that to me,” says the poster. “AITA?”
For those who don’t know much about insulin-dependent diabetes, the answer to this poster’s question may not be entirely clear, but to the diabetes community, it was a resounding “NTA” (not the a**hole).
“He stole your medicine necessary to live!” writes Reddit user Mis_Bee_have. “Doesn’t matter if you have ‘extra’, you may not always!”
Other Redditors brought up the fact that if the original poster was caught filling prescriptions for double the amount of insulin they should be taking, they might be flagged and cut off, leaving them without their medication. It’s also possible that the type of insulin the poster was taking was different from what the girlfriend was supposed to take, leading to lots of potential health complications for the girlfriend. The Redditor might also have run into health issues if they didn’t realize that their supply was low and didn’t get a refill in time.
We think the verdict is clear here; the original poster was justified in their reaction. If you’re having trouble affording your insulin, reach out to whoever you can, but don’t steal. Ask a friend or family member to help you pay for it, or ask your doctor or pharmacy about cost support options to help you afford your medication. But NEVER take someone else’s life-saving medication from them, even if they seem to have enough to spare.Whizzco