Post # 1
Our wedding was this weekend and it was a stunning event, many people said it was the nicest wedding they had ever been to. We put months of time, energy, and thousands of dollars into making our day perfect. We had about 100 people attend our wedding and my aunts and uncles even flew in from four different states to share the day with us. Many of these relatives I haven’t seen in 10+ years. The wedding went perfect but the next morning when my husband and I woke up my bridesmaids told me my now brother in law and two cousins on my husband’s side had pranked our home. Here I was thinking short sheeting the bed or taking off the labels off the canned goods. Oh no. Sprayed PAM on the windows and door handles, took all of the dishes out of the cupboards and filled them full of water and put them on the floor, put flour on the fan blades, unscrewed all the light bulbs, disconnected/unplugged EVERYTHING in our home (we both work from home), took the laser jet printer cartridges out (which are shot), wired our chairs together, took pictures off the walls, took rolls of carpet out of our storage closet and placed them in our dining room, moved furniture, scratched and gouged our wood floors, took all the clothes off the hangers in our closet, flipped our mattresses, dumped out all of our bedrdoom dresser drawers, urinated in the toilet bowl tank, mud everywhere, drug a tree limb in our driveway, etc. Needless to say I was completely in tears ALL MORNING when we were opening our wedding gifts. I had planned on showing my family our home (we’ve been renovating it for the past year) and I wasn’t able to because it was trashed. We got home at 4:30pm Sunday and honestly didn’t stop cleaning until 11pm that night. Just what every newlywed couple wants to do. Once we saw the damage to our floors and I couldn’t stop crying about them going through our bedroom (that is PERSONAL) we called the cops. They talked to my BIL and the cousins. We aren’t pressing charges but now his family is all pissed off at us for calling the cops. Excuse me?! Apparently my husband’s family was encouraging them to do this! I am just completely crushed and disgusted with the lack of respect from these people. Mind you his brother is 20 and the two cousins that helped are 18 and 20. My husband and I are both in our mid-20s. What would you do if this happened to you?!
Post # 3
Forgot to add Tuesday through Friday afternoon we didn’t even have power at our home due to a large ice storm. So in additon to our yard being a mess with all of the down trees we had a trashed house inside. Just typing this up makes me fume and tear up at the same time.
Post # 4
i would have been BEYOND pissed. they should pay for the damages to your floors, those things are expensive! his family has no right to be mad at you at all. thats too much, and its awful that you had to deal with this the day after your wedding. i’m so sorry.
Post # 5
I don’t blame you guys for being pissed! That’s NOT a prank. That is trashing your house!!
Post # 6
WOW! That is not funny at all. I would be absolutely furious, especially since some of that damage is permanent! I mean seriously, they gouged the floors?! Personally I would have gone ahead and pressed charges family or not.
Post # 7
Vandalism is not a prank, a prank is supposed to be fun – that’s just mean and cruel! I’m so sorry they did that to you and I honestly don’t understand what they were thinking?! I would have called a cleaning company, then asked them to pay for the bill and I would have brought it to small claims court if they refused to pay for it. I would also ask them to pay for the damages they caused as well as demand an apology. Honestly, I wouldn’t care how angry they would be at me – I would just not want people like that around me so if it were the end of the relationship, fine. Don’t let anyone make you think this was ok!
Post # 8
@Cummins59: Honestly I’d send them an estimate to have your house cleaned professionally.
Post # 9
Wow that is SO uncalled for. I cannot believe that they did that. That is a complete disaster. It would have been possibly, potentially funny if they just moved the plates around in your cabinets or TPed the living room couches or something, but it sounds like they went hogwild crazy in the worst way. I don’t blame you. I’m not sure I would have gotten the police involved, but I certainly would demand that they pay for the floors to be repaired (can they be sanded down and stained or are they really deep gauges and you need new floors?). I’m so sorry. 🙁
Post # 10
I don’t know that I would have involved the police, but, then again, my house hasn’t been trashed. You have every right to be beyond angry. What a terrible mess to come home to! They should apologize and pay for all damages. Plus help you on your next remodel project without charge or complaint.
I guess, if you are worried that they won’t cover the damages, it was probably a good idea to at least make a police report. I’m so sorry this happened to you.
Post # 11
I agree about making them pay for damages, professional cleaning services, and demanding a personal apology. That is extremely uncalled for. Not a prank at all. Thy are lucky you did not press charges.
Post # 12
I would have called the cops too, I think. I’d be suing them for the damages to the floor as well. I’m 20 and at this age you are absolutely old enough to know better. What the hell?!
Your husband’s family’s reaction is absurd. I’ve had the same thing happen though. FI’s little brother (15) tried to stab him, assaulted me and his older sister, so Fiance obviously called the cops. What else could have been done in that situation?! He was high as a kite and clearly dangerous. Anyway, FI’s mum has now disowned Fiance and his sister, and is obviously not happy with me either, she wanted to get restraining orders on all of us. The police told her she had nothing to warrant one, so it was dropped, but that was on christmas eve and she hasn’t spoken to any of us since. Some people think involving the police in family matters is wrong but seriously, in situations like these what do they expect?!
I’m sorry they were so insensitive!
Post # 13
If FI’s brother and cousins did anything remotely close to this heads would be fucking rolling!! I cant believe his family’s upset with you guys and were not there to help clean up such a vile disgusting mess!! At the very least they should have hired help to take care if it immediately upon hearing about it! Holy cheese n’ rice!! They absolutely should be he’d accountable and need to b. Held responsible for the reparation of the wood floors.
im so angry and sorry this happened to you guys – and I don’t even know you!
Post # 14
I’d make them paying for all the repairs a condition of not pressing charges. In addition, they should have to work off their obligations in some way – cutting grass, shovelling snow, raking leaves, or something. Think of it as being sentenced to community service.
Post # 15
Honestly, I would have pressed charges. That is completely and totally unforgivable and not funny at all.
Post # 16
- Wedding: November 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
That is completely unacceptable!! I agree with PP that the pranksters should pay for all damage that was done to your house. I’m so sorry that you had to come home to that after your wedding day.