Just when we thought we'd seen and heard the craziest mother-in-law stories of all time, we've found a new winner of the "Worst Mother-in-Law" EVER award. An Austrian woman has just been found guilty of stealing her son and his wife's wedding gifts.
This story is depressing, twofold, so make sure you're prepared. The backstory: The woman's son and daughter-in-law got married two years ago in Turkey (although the originally met in Austria), according to Indy100. At the wedding, a plethora of guests gave gold to the newlyweds, which is a customary Turkish wedding gift tradition — jewelry or coins, in most cases. At the time, they gave their assets to the groom's mom (over 20,000 euros to be exact) with the assumption that she would keep it safe for them. Easy peasy...so you'd think.
Unfortunately, two years post-wedding, the couple has parted ways and is getting a divorce, working together to split their assets (in a friendly way). One small catch, however, is this mother-in-law is acting "clueless" when it comes to the money and jewels — stating she never had received it in the first place. Now that is some first-rate sketchy MIL behavior if we do say so ourselves.
Fast-forward to the verdict (as the case ended up in court): the greedy mama was found guilty of embezzlement. She was fined 1200 Euros, and clearly (we'd assume) suffered an even worse fate — her children most likely never talking to her again.
Just to make sure that you don't come across the same dilemma, here are a few things this mama has taught us. One: never ask your relatives to hold money for you, and two: it's all fun and games until lawyers and the court of law gets involved. But the real moral of the story? Your mother-in-law may not be as bad as she seems. Promise.