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I recently discovered that Alcoholics are a lot like gamblers. I allowed what I thought was a friend to stay, for the weekend, by the time she had left there was fifty dollars missing from my handbag, I was so upset, I knew exactly how much was there as it was my daughters birthday money from relatives; not all of the money was taken but fifty dollars was missing. I knew this particular friend had a drinking problem, but I guess you don’t know someone until you live with them or in this case spend a weekend with them. I only told a few people initially as I felt silly that someone had gotten it over me, but have learnt my family and I are better off without friends involved in the drinking culture, I did have a bizarre feeling not to let her stay next time I will go with my gut instinct.


Posted by wendy_adhofer, 17th June 2014


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  • We stupidly invited my brother in law to stay with us while he was looking for work. He turned up with his partner and dog!! They drank a carton of beer (VB) and a bottle of port EVERY DAY! After much discussion, we set out a written ultimatum around behaviours. Luckily they left after a few weeks. We have zero contact with them. I have since heard that he tells everyone that I am aggressive, intolerant, demanding and unreasonable. Luckily for me, he is well known alcoholic and I have since discovered he has a string of alcohol related offences. I consider myself lucky that nothing bad happened. Family or not, some people can’t be helped.

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  • food alcoholic

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  • My sister in law was an alcoholic. She only stopped when she needed a lifer transplant and they wouldn’t do one until she was sober. She was shocking at how she went about getting drinks,and what my brother had to do to try stop get from drinking. It sent him broke and they divorced

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  • i had a welcoming party for a newborn. i noticed one of the guests go off to our bathroom but i didn’t want to be rude. Everyone was using the outside beach shower and toilet. This guest was a friend of our guests. He had come out of the back of the house and left soon after. I found that our child’s money box had been stolen.

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  • i like reading these stories it s fun

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  • You composed yourself much better than I would have. I would’ve tracked her down and demanded my daughters birthday money back. How disrespectable can you be? To have someone welcome you into their house only to steal from them!! Be careful with extended family as well or relatives you’ve just met because I had an incident where my boyfriends aunty (related through marriage) stayed with us and when she left she stole my boyfriends money that he had stashed in his drawers and she even took meat from the freezer. Lol quite bizarre

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  • It is terrible to be stolen from by a friend. Addiction will change people and they will behave in ways that you would not expect. You eyes have been open, I would never trust that person again. I still remember a cousin stealing my makeup when I was a teenager and she was visiting. It was a small thing and important to me. I was so disappointed with her and haven’t forgotten it after all these years.

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  • Wow that is just horrible, it really might be time to think about what good this friendship is. If it is a friend you want in your life time to lay some ground rules

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  • That is so shocking She really is messed up by her addiction to break your trust and steal your daughter’s birthday money from you when she was a guest in your house. I am so sorry to know how badly she behaved and left you and your daughter in a tough spot.

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  • that was very low to steal your daughter’s birthday money but the fact is you can not trust someone with an addiction like drink or drugs as they only think about how they are getting the money for there next one. The best thing you can do is never let them have that chance to take from you again. As with an addict of any type it will happen again. I do hope your Daughter still had a great birthday in spite of this persons very low act.

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  • Wendy, very sad, your attitude towards your friend is a good one, if she changes her behaviour, things can be the same again. stick to your gut feeling and you are actually doing her a good turn.

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  • A few years ago I had what I thought was a friend come down to stay with
    Me. I had done so much for this person it wasn’t funny. When it was time to
    Go back home she said her goodbyes very quickly and got in the car and was away. Later I went into my walk in robe to get something and I think I may have gone to put some shoes on from my shoe rack. I guess she thought I wouldn’t notice that my lovely high heals that I had treated myself to were gone. I later realised she was a compulsive thief. I’m just lucky it wasn’t jewellery or anything of that nature. It is the ultimate betrayal and I hate thievery with a passion. Needless to say I never invited her back again. Very low act to steal your daughters birthday money. Addiction or no addiction thievery is thievery and still criminal behaviour and totally someone you wouldn’t want in your life. You poor
    Thing I hope you still manage to have a nice birthday for
    Your daughter

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