A dad has taken his family through the emotional rollercoaster of making his family furniture for the holidays.
Key points:A mother said her son’s parents didn’t know how to use a vacuum cleaner in their home for Christmas but they gave him a “big hug”The man said he felt like his wife was taking advantage of him to buy him gifts for the holiday”He just said, ‘I’ve got a vacuum, I’ve got all these different things to do, and I’ll give you one,'” the man’s wife, Michelle, told News24.
The man’s mother-in-law was devastated.
“I felt like I was being pushed down,” she said.
“They were just doing everything they could to make it so it looked nice, to put in this big pile of stuff and then they just gave me a big hug.”
The couple, who live in a one-bedroom house in Melbourne’s inner west, said the family did not know how the vacuum cleaner worked.
“We’ve had it for three years, and he’s been a very big fan of it, so we had no idea what he was doing with it, he said.”[He] had a big pile in the corner and he would go and use the vacuum to get things done.
“The first time we went to a carpet cleaner and they said they couldn’t clean the carpet properly because it had dried out, and we had this huge pile in there, and [we were] like, ‘OK, we’re going to have to do it ourselves’.”
The couple said they also bought him two sets of chairs to sit on while he was on holiday, but he had to use the carpet to do so.
The husband said they were told they would be getting another set of chairs when they returned, but they weren’t.
“When they returned it was like we didn’t have a clue, we didn, we weren’t even told,” he said, adding he was frustrated because they had to go through so much to get his furniture.
The couple’s daughter, who lives with her parents in the same suburb, was in tears when they were asked to leave.
“It’s very upsetting to hear what happened to the family,” she told News12.
“You just can’t help but think about how they were trying to make their Christmas, and then the fact that they’ve had to come back so much, and now it’s been gone for four months.”
The man was given a certificate of appreciation by his local council in a letter, which he said was the only reason he felt the need to go on holiday with his family.
“At the time we had to be away, we couldn’t afford to be out there, we had bills to pay, so it was very disappointing,” he told News18.
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