A HUSBAND has bought a pet tarantula to stop his arachnophobe mother-in-law from visiting.
The lad was sick of his wife’s “crazy” mother constantly coming over unannounced and nagging him.
In a post to Reddit, the man said: “I have insufferable in laws. Father-in-law is manageable, but (my) mother-in-law is crazy.
“My wife is Chinese and her parents are really traditional. Privacy means nothing to them, and my wife refuses to set boundaries.
“They will come around every day unannounced to visit my wife/play with our kids. So not only do I never get a break from my mother-in-law’s constant nagging, I have no privacy from them.”
After constantly overstayed her welcome, the man brought home the eight-legged pet in a bid to get some peace and quiet.
“Anyway, mother-in-law is arachnophobic. A few months ago she went crazy after a wolf spider was simply in the corner doing nothing. Panic attack and all.
“So I got the idea to get a tarantula as a way to prevent her coming so often. It’s in a big enclosure in the living room. Asked wife before hand if it’s okay, but didn’t tell her the motivation.
“Worked like a charm, the dad still comes but the mother can’t stand to be in the same house as it.”
Posting the story in the ‘Am I The A**hole’ subreddit, he asked fellow users if he was in the wrong.
But many followers were quick to defend his actions.
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A Reddit user said: “You’re 100% justified. It will strengthen the marriage since her mother isn’t breathing down your neck 24/7.”
Another said:”I’m sure she’s aware of her mother’s arachnophobia and thought she could play dumb and have it be a win-win.”
One person joked : “You are to be congratulated, hoisted on shoulders and carried around the town square for solving your problem so cleanly.”