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How I paid back my mother-in-law for always barging into the bathroom while I’m using it


“So, my mother-in-law, (I’m a gal btw lol) came to stay with us for few weeks till her home is renovated for Christmas.

The problem is that she has been randomly walking in on me while I’m in the bathroom. Thankfully not once has she seen me n@ked because I started picking on her behaviour after the second time in a week.

She would barge in, then turns and says “oh sorry” then close the door. I tried talking to my husband about it but he kept ignoring me then flat out said “so what if she accidently seen you naked? She’s family!!”. He seriously said that.

We have a lock and I could have used it but I have past trauma from the idea of locking/being locked in a room after my brother locked me in the bathroom when I was 5.


So I came up with this idea. I’d go inside the bathroom pretending to use it and wait for her to come (cause honestly? It’s deliberate at the this point). When she “accidently” barges in she’d see me in a weird/awkward position.

For example doing a ballet stand, standing on the toilet, or standing facing the wall with my hands up, (fully clothed of course). I could see how awkward and weird this would be for her because she’d stand there for few seconds trying to figure out what I was doing.

It was hilarious at first seeing her initial confusion but she told my husband about it claiming she’s caught me practicing rituals in the bathroom”. I cleared things up and revealed the reason why.


My husband was livid. He called me childish and said that I made his mom feel “terrified/weirded out” by my behavior. He said I should’ve acted maturely and locked the damn door instead of playing mind games.

My husband and his mom are extremely upset with me. He still thinks it was ridiculous and is demanding an apology before she goes back to her home. I’m not sure if I will apologize because yes while it was a “me problem” that I couldn’t use the lock.

It still feels wrong what she did and maybe I’m wrong too but at least I got (so did you apparently lol) a bit of a chuckle out of it.”


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