When caught, the mother-in-law and the husband yelled at her about the mess caused by the glitter, completely sidelining the concern in question.
We all have family members we don't understand completely. Their actions are uncanny, their ways weird, and you just can't seem to decode what they are thinking. As long as it's harmless, you can still figure out a way to accommodate their quirks. But when some actions just can't be ignored anymore, what do you do? A woman took to Reddit to share an anecdote about her snoopy mother-in-law, and how she took matters into her hands.
Talking about her mother-in-law, the user u/itsbettertobelucky wrote on Reddit, "For some weird reason, my MIL really wants to go into our bedroom whenever she comes over. On one occasion I followed her as she went upstairs (i was going to get something for my child as the bedrooms are upstairs) and she walked past the bathroom on the main floor and up the stairs behind it. She didn’t hear me and I caught her walking straight into my room and rifling through bills on my dresser. She denied snooping (even though I’d just watched her do it) and said she was just going to use our bathroom because she couldn’t find the other ones. She walked right past the one on the main floor and another one in the upstairs hallway to go into our bedroom. Since that happened, I installed an exterior doorknob that requires a key on our bedroom door and one on the door to our office/spare bedroom." Nothing changed though. "However, she’s still always “forgetting” where the bathroom is and trying the bedroom and office doors. This really ticks me off. My husband says that I just get annoyed at this because everything she does drives me crazy and since we’ve put locks on the rooms we don’t want her in, there isn’t really a problem anymore. Well over the holidays we had my in-laws over for dinner and before they came I was searching for the bedroom keys. We hadn’t used them in a while since we only lock the doors when MIL comes over. My husband told me we didn’t need to lock the doors since she wouldn’t try to get into the rooms and I insisted that she would because she loves to snoop."
Fed up, she decided to prove his mother's snoopy behavior to her husband. "We went back and forth and decided to cover the doorknobs in super fine glitter to see if she tried them. I did this once before when my husband didn’t believe me about the snooping to prove she’d been in the rooms. Last time she ignored the glitter and we didn’t say anything about it but then my husband couldn’t deny that she’d tried to snoop. So this time I covered the knobs in glitter and for the office went a touch further and rigged a little folder of glitter over the door to the office before the in-laws came over. I left one side unlocked (French doors) and it was set so that if you walked into the room you would get covered in glitter. The husband goes out of his way to show his mom the main floor bathroom when they got here and specifically asks his parents and sister not to go upstairs. There’s a baby gate so the kids can’t get upstairs either. Well, guess who had to go to the bathroom and got covered in glitter and had it all over their hands and hair? She completely lost it and started screaming at me so I yelled back and now my husband is saying I went too far and I’m the asshole. MIL also says I’m the asshole but SIL says I didn’t do anything wrong and MIL deserved it for snooping. FIL is in Switzerland. Apparently, her car is ruined now too because it’s covered in glitter that she can't get cleaned up." She asked the community if she was wrong to uncover her actions this way.
A lot of comments poured in, laughing at the poster's fun way to uncover her actions. "Ok, I literally just gut-laughed at this comment while reading it out loud for my partner. MIL absolutely should be ashamed for her callous waste of carefully crafted art supply storage." Another amused commenter wrote, "That is HYSTERICAL!!!!!!! You are my goddamn hero." Appreciating the woman's patience, one user wrote, "I had a good laugh at this. I feel like you did a good job leading up to this and were incredibly patient with a boundary-stomping MIL."
A lot of comments also criticized her husband's actions in the whole scenario. "You have a husband problem as well as a MIL problem. Your husband wants to rug sweep his mom's snooping, and I'd bet actual money he hid or threw away the keys to the locks just so you couldn't lock his precious mommy out of your rooms," one user wrote. Another one said, "Your MIL is an issue but the fact that your husband refuses to set and enforce boundaries with her is actually the larger issue here." One user also pointed out how it was unfair of her husband to step back from any confrontation whatsoever. "I'm beyond confused why he agreed to the glitter test and got angry at OP when it worked. Amazing. Completely threw her under the bus."
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