Online commenters have applauded a woman for pulling a “nasty prank” on her sister-in-law.
Posting in Reddit’s “Am I The A**hole” (AITA) forum under the username u/Electric-Cookie-17, the woman asked: “AITA for scaring my SIL with a cardboard cutout of The Rock?” The post has garnered over 8,300 upvotes and hundreds of comments while highlighting a pretty common behavior—snooping. You can read the full post here.
How Common is Snooping?
As it turns out, snooping is pretty common. A 2014 survey revealed that nearly half of Americans have been admitted to snooping around someone else’s home during a party, Today reported. Additionally, a 2019 survey conducted by OnePoll found that 60 percent of people think it’s perfectly okay to snoop around someone else’s bathroom, with 55 percent saying they’ve peeked at another person’s toiletries, the New York Post reported.
According to Psychology Todaysnoops can be divided into two categories: those searching for information in order to “protect themselves,” and those who are simply curious.
University of Southern Florida psychologist Jordan Litman says snoops [in the first category] feel much more worried and distressed than the average person when they are missing information that will affect their lives, like whether they’ll be laid off or whether their spouse is cheating,” Psychology Today reported. “The other category of snoop consists of people who can be characterized as nosy, people who seek out information about others that has no consequence for them.”
In her post, u/Electric-Cookie-17 said her sister-in-law is just plain “nosey,” and has made a habit of snooping through her bedroom, which is connected to her home’s guest bathroom.
“When she comes over, she sometimes takes just a bit too long in the bathroom…I happened to [walk] by the bathroom [once] and heard two doors close,” u/Electric-Cookie-17 said. “I asked her if she was looking for something in the bedroom…she replied why with, ‘no, would I go in your bedroom?”
Before her sister-in-law’s next visit, u/Electric-Cookie-17 placed a small item behind her bedroom door that would be “pushed back” if someone walked in. When she checked on the item later that day, she saw that it had been moved, so she confronted her sister-in-law. However, her sister-in-law denied going into the bedroom.
Wanting to prove once and for all that her sister-in-law was snooping, u/Electric-Cookie-17 ordered a life-sized cutout of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and placed it in her bedroom on Saturday before inviting her in- laws over.
“About an hour into the visit, she heads into the bathroom. Very shortly after, there’s a scream, a thud, and a door slam,” u/Electric-Cookie-17 said. “She came out, clearly angry.”
Her sister-in-law later posted about the “nasty prank” on Facebook, saying it resulted in her getting a “big bruise” on her arm.
“I feel bad that she was hurt…but I might be the a**hole because I still think it was hilarious,” u/Electric-Cookie-17 concluded.
Redditors also thought u/Electric-Cookie-17’s prank was funny.
“NTA [not the a**hole]. It was hilarious. Hey, you had two break-ins to your bedroom, so you got The Rock to provide security. He caught the offender. End of problem,” u/VlaxDrek wrote.
“The pranks on this site are rarely ever actually funny. They’re usually cruel. This one is hilarious, and OP [original poster] is my hero!! NTA,” u/Maleficent_Tart2923 said.
“That’s absolutely hilarious. She was invading your privacy and hopefully, you taught her a lesson,” u/Jmmrn commented.
u/spasticunicorn517 added: “NTA, she should not be snooping. You asked her several times and she kept looking. I hope she fears a surprise every time she opens a door she has no business opening! I thought it was great!”
Newsweek has reached out to u/Electric-Cookie-17 for comment.
Other Viral Posts
Earlier this month, a Mumsnet poster complained in a now-viral that her sister-in-law was visiting and wouldn’t leave her alone.
A Redditor received viral support in May after sharing that she’d walked out of a dinner with her future in-laws.
And in April, commenters slammed a woman trying to “derail” her sister-in-law’s wedding day.