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My Ex Demanded I Pay Him Back Every Penny He Spent on Me — I Made Him Wish He Never Asked

Junie Sihlangu
May 28, 2024
11:25 A.M.

As if being cheated on wasn't enough, my ex-boyfriend texted me out of the blue, making monetary demands! After I got over the shock, I devised a cunning plan that would be replicated down the line. I made him regret ever making the request!

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A woman reacting in shock while looking at her phone | Source: Pexels

So, here's the deal. My ex, Dan Brown, and I had been together for five years. Things were great until they weren't. When we broke up because of his cheating, I thought that was the end of it. Boy, was I wrong!

What made me think we were all done was that we had no contact for a while. I believed he'd moved on with the woman he cheated on me with, but that wasn't the case. A month after our breakup, Dan suddenly reappeared last week, daring to text me with a ludicrous demand!

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A serious-looking man texting | Source: Pexels

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When you hear what it was, you'll also agree that his request was the pettiest, leading it to be almost comical! His message was him asking me to pay him back for every penny he ever spent on me. Seriously!?

Dan was asking for money for all the gifts he'd bought me for special days like my birthdays, Christmas, and New Year's! That man had LITERALLY calculated every penny he'd spent, leading to a large sum!

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A confused-looking woman looking at her phone | Source: Pexels

"You need to pay me back EACH and EVERY penny!" he demanded. He didn't even bother greeting me before making demands! The nerve of this guy! At first, I was stunned! Who does that? But then, the more I thought about it, the more it made me laugh!

Instead of texting him and telling him how pathetic he was for making such a request, I chose to hold my tongue. I didn't even brag to Dan about how the amount he wanted wasn't more than what I had spent on HIM for those same days. After all, we had been together for long enough.

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A woman giving a man a wrapped gift | Source: Pixabay

Initially, I asked him, "But throughout our relationship, you said I didn't have to pay you back?" I was shocked when he replied, "It doesn't matter. I need that money now, so hurry up." I thought about ignoring him, but then a brilliantly mischievous plan started to form in my head.

I came up with a better plan to exact my revenge and decided to play along but with a twist! "Sure thing, Dan," I texted back, "I'll pay you back." His response came within seconds, filled with self-righteous triumph:

"Good. I knew you'd come to your senses."

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A man texting | Source: Pexels

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Little did he know, I had something else in mind. I set up a direct debit to send him ONE penny a day. One single, solitary penny. I remember the exact moment I hit the final confirmation button on my bank's app.

My best friend, Emily, was sitting across from me at our favorite café. She was watching my every move with a mixture of curiosity and amusement. "What are you doing?" she asked, leaning over the table. "I'm paying Dan back," I said with a grin.

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Two friends having beverages at a café | Source: Pixabay

Emily's eyebrows shot up. "How?"

"One penny a day." Her eyes widened, and then she burst out laughing. "No way! That's genius!" We both laughed until tears streamed down our faces! Our laughter attracted a few curious glances from other patrons. But I didn't care.

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The most exciting part about this whole thing was that I had added the reference "cheating [expletive]." It showed up with each payment made daily. This was the best plan I'd ever come up with!

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Two friends laughing at a café | Source: Pexels

A week later, Dan texted me again. "What the hell, Stacy? Why am I getting pennies from you?" I couldn't help but laugh as I read his message. "I told you I'd pay you back," I replied. "It'll take a while, but you'll get your money."

He called me immediately, his voice boiling with anger. "This isn't funny, Stacy! I want my money NOW!"

"Well, Dan," I said calmly, "you're getting it. One penny at a time."

"Stop this nonsense right now!"

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"Or what? You'll take me to court? Go ahead."

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A woman smiling while talking on the phone | Source: Pexels

I figured from now on, he'd think about me daily for the next SEVEN years since he decided to mess with me! He hung up, and I felt a surge of satisfaction. Dan had always been controlling, always needing to have the upper hand. This was the first time I felt like I had the power, and it felt AMAZING!

Months went by, and the daily penny transfers continued. Emily and I would joke about it often, wondering how long it would take before my ex finally snapped. Every time I saw that single penny deducted from my account, it felt like a small victory!

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One day, I got another message from Dan. But this time, it wasn't filled with anger. "Please, Stacy. Just stop this. I get it. You win." I thought about it for a while. He had been a jerk, but did I really want to keep this up forever?

I decided it was time to end the penny payments, but not without one final touch. I withdrew the remaining amount I owed him in pennies and nickels and placed them in a small box. It was a hefty little package. I decorated it with a nice bow and included a handwritten note:

"Here's the rest of what I owe you. Have a nice life, Dan."

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Lots of coins on a table | Source: Pixabay

I mailed it to his apartment. The thought of him opening the box, finding hundreds of pennies and nickels, and realizing he'd lost his battle filled me with immense satisfaction. A few days later, I got a message from Dan. It read, "You're insane."

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I showed it to Emily, and we laughed until our stomachs hurt! "You know, I think he's finally realized he messed with the wrong person," she said, still chuckling.

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Two friends laughing | Source: Pexels

In the end, this little revenge plan wasn't just about getting back at Dan. It was about reclaiming my sense of control and humor after a relationship that had taken so much out of me. And it worked. I felt lighter, freer, and ready to move on!

Months passed, and my ex faded into a distant memory. Life was good. Emily and I graduated, and we both landed jobs in the city. One evening, while we were out celebrating a promotion, Emily raised her glass and said:

"To the best revenge plot ever executed."

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Two friends celebrating with a toast | Source: Pexels

I raised mine too, happy to be honored. "To the best friend who helped me through it," I replied, clinking my glass against hers. And just like that, Dan and his ridiculous demands were behind me. I learned that sometimes, the best way to handle pettiness is with a little bit of creativity and a whole lot of humor!

Years after my little revenge plot, I found myself telling the story to a new friend, Jenny. She had been going through a rough breakup. But she was sharp and had a knack for turning the tables in ANY situation.

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Two friends talking while working | Source: Pexels

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After hearing my story, Jenny smiled and said, "You know, that gives me an idea." I raised an eyebrow. "Oh?"

"Yeah. My ex, Jake, just demanded I pay HIM back for a trip we took together. I think I can take a page out of your book."

A few weeks later, I got a call from her. "Remember how I said I had an idea?"

"Yeah?"

"Well, I told Jake I'd pay him back, too. But I set up a monthly payment of ten cents! I even made it a direct debit from my account!"

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Someone using their banking details for a transaction | Source: Pexels

I laughed, remembering my own scheme. "How's he taking it?"

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"He's FURIOUS! Keeps texting me to stop, but I remind him I'm paying him back, just like he asked."

"Sounds like you've got this under control," I replied, laughing at her ex's misery.

"Thanks to you," Jenny said. "I don't feel powerless anymore."

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Two women hugging | Source: Pexels

We chatted for a while longer, sharing stories and laughing about our past relationships. Jenny's plan wasn't just about revenge; it was about regaining power like I had. As we ended the call, I felt a sense of pride.

Not only had I managed to turn a ridiculous demand into a source of empowerment for myself, but I'd also inspired someone else to do the same. And that felt EVEN better than the revenge itself!

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If you loved how Stacy got revenge on her good-for-nothing ex-boyfriend, then click here to read how Hailey taught her boyfriend never to lie to her again. In his case, it was a worse betrayal than what Stacy's ex did, as Hailey's man lied about wanting a child!

This work is inspired by real events and people, but it has been fictionalized for creative purposes. Names, characters, and details have been changed to protect privacy and enhance the narrative. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The author and publisher make no claims to the accuracy of events or the portrayal of characters and are not liable for any misinterpretation. This story is provided "as is," and any opinions expressed are those of the characters and do not reflect the views of the author or publisher.

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