In-laws aren't always the easiest people to get along with and sometimes you're forced to make up a tiny white lie to avoid spending time with them, such as 'I'm working late' or 'I'm just not around that weekend'.
But one man took his hatred for his wife's parents to new levels when he bought a spider to stop his mother-in-law from visiting.
Sharing his story on Reddit, the anonymous man said he had lost it with his 'insufferable' in-laws.
His post read: "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."
The anonymous man had lost it with his in-laws. Credit: PA
He added: "A few months ago she went crazy after a (wolf?) spider was simply in the corner doing nothing. Panic attack and all."
It was then that the disgruntled husband had his light bulb moment and decided to get a new addition to the family home to put an end to their unannounced house calls.
He went on: "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 beforehand 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.
"She's continued to ignore my concerns about boundaries for years, I don't think I had a choice. Plus the tarantula makes a cool pet."
A tarantula. Credit: PA
He shared his story in the 'Am I The Asshole?' subreddit, and asked other users if he should have come clean with his wife.
One person said: "It makes me think she really does want space from her mom, but doesn't want the fallout of trying to get it."
Another added: "I'm sure she's aware of her mother's arachnophobia and thought she could play dumb and have it be a win-win."
Responding to the thread, a third user said they could totally see where he was coming from.
They wrote: "Good Lord ! And I thought my in-laws were too present in our lives ... (my MIL is very nice but gosh one time suggested that when we have a house and kids that she'll move in with us or in the garden to help, believe me I did NOT laugh, I need my privacy and any parent to be at least an hour drive away)."
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