11. More Greed
Reddit User SodWorkLetsReddit opined on a a story about greed. “A friend of mine lost both parents in the span of about four months. They were pretty old, so it wasn’t completely unexpected, but it still sucked for her. Anyway, when the first parent died, I went to the funeral to offer support. It was a small affair, few dozen people, and most of them friends instead of family, and it’s also where I found out that my friend’s parents have been in minimal contact with their families because neither side approved of the marriage. Then, the second parent dies four months later, and I go to a funeral again, but this time, there are well over a hundred people there.
“It seemed like every aunt, uncle, nephew, and niece suddenly showed up. After the funeral, I’m waiting in the reception area before my friend and her brother come out to thank everybody for coming, and I overhear multiple people talking about how much they’re hoping to get in the inheritance. My friend’s parents didn’t leave a will, so the entire inheritance automatically gets split 50/50 between her and her brother. A few people were decent about it, but most of the family were absolutely horrid. They tried sucking up at first, when that didn’t work, they got angry. One aunt apparently threatened to not let my friend see her nephew even though she had seen that nephew maybe twice in ten years.”