An unemployed man went to social media site Reddit to seek advice from fellow users on how to invest money.
“I’ve been 'bought off' by my parents,” the man posted. "They told me I am no longer welcome to live with them, and I guess in some sort of twisted way of not feeling bad about it, they are giving me $250,000 to not contact them ever again."
The man, whose real name is not disclosed, says he felt his brother was always better at everything and that he was sort of a "lost cause."
“It doesn’t mean I did bad," the man wrote. "I was just a little above average while he was always the best at everything; academia, sports, social life, you name it.
"I don’t know why but my parents seemed to always be ashamed of me. I didn’t get into trouble, I was a quiet kid, I did what I had to do and I tried not to get in anyone’s way.”
The man’s brother passed away about three years ago after being in a coma for 27 days due to a car accident. He claims that after his brother died, his parents began comparing him to his brother even more than before.
"I never wanted to cause any trouble but I just couldn’t take it anymore and eventually I couldn’t put up with the abuse any longer," the man wrote. "I didn’t do anything radical, I just started talking back and standing up for myself."
The man moved away for college, and the tension between his parents cleared up a bit. But when he returned home to look for a job last year, his parents demanded he leave.
"Last week my parents told me I have a month to move out and not contact them again."
The man has not yet announced what he plans to do with the money.