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to think you just don't use your ex's birthday as your PIN?

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BrittaPerry Thu 14-Feb-13 00:09:19

Me and H recently separated over many issues, this is a minor one.

He had his ex wifes date of birth as his PIN. So every time I borrowed his bank card for whatever reason (we have joint accounts) I had to type in her date of birth. He had it on his cards when they were together, then when he split up with her, then got with me, he still had it, then he set it up on our new joint accounts.

We were together six years, and he has only just changed it, as part of his campaign to get me back. He clearly thinks I am being silly to be offended by it.

So, AIBU to be offended and annoyed, especially as I repeatedly asked him to change it and he refused?

KobayashiMaru Thu 14-Feb-13 00:11:58

It's just a number, I can't see that it matters. Did you suffer with jealousy on other ways?

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 14-Feb-13 00:14:15

I use a reference to my Ex-H as a password. because no one would ever guess it. DH is pissed off about it but it is easy to remember and hard to guess. I should change it...

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Thu 14-Feb-13 00:14:24

Yes, YABU.

I first had to set a PIN when I was 15. I set it as the birthday of my best friend; a boy, on whom I had a crush. It's stayed my PIN ever since, 20 years on, because it's just numbers now. It's a PITA to come up with and memorise a new PIN.

'Course, I don't know why he even bothered telling you it was his ex-wife's DOB.

Tryharder Thu 14-Feb-13 00:16:08

Oh give over. I have the name of my ex husband as a test question on my Internet banking. If he's always had that PIN, he won't want to have to learn another one.

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Thu 14-Feb-13 00:16:53

We have had joint accounts for 15 years, I've never had to borrow my husband's card. Why would you need to do that regularly? Just because they're joint accounts doesn't make the actual card or PIN communal property; I think of all my PINs and passwords as very much my own, and I bet your ex does as well.

Pandemoniaa Thu 14-Feb-13 00:18:14

I think YA a bit U here. My PIN is a memorable number from the past. I use it precisely because it is memorable. Not because I have any emotional attachment to it. DP's PIN is a phone number he had way back when he lived with a particular girlfriend. It has never occurred to me to be bothered about this. Much better that he can remember the number than it would be to have the card eaten!

BrittaPerry Thu 14-Feb-13 00:19:22

Well, yeah, I had to deal with him crying over splitting up with her for the first two years of the relationship, and her friends sending me threatening messages online (we are talking about 40 odd year old women sending messages to a pregnant and ill 21 year old) as they didn't believe that I could have got pregnant that quickly and so we must have been having an affair while he was with her. (I got pregnant on pretty much our first time together on what was meant to be a rebound fling for us both, so close to the breakup, but not actual cheating - it really wasn't meant to become a relationship) They also told me I shouldn't show my face or belly out in public anywhere his ex could be and basically gave me enough of a complex that I ended up seriously ill.

I put up with all this, because I was made to feel that he was "doing the right thing" by staying with me and that I should be grateful. But for ages I felt like he was stuck with me as a consequence of a bad decision. I know everything about her, even though I try to forget, because he would tell me - eg I was playing "you are my sunshine" on piano and he would sigh and say "oh, I used to sing that to my ex when she was scared, just cuddle up to her and sing into her ear"

He got better and stopped mentioning her at all, but that PIN was still there.

alphabetspaghetti Thu 14-Feb-13 00:19:49

I don't see a problem. Wrongly I use the same pin for all my accounts/burglar alarms, etc. Yes its just a number but if I had to change it it would be a pita.

When I type it in I don't think that its the first four letters of my childhood telephone number - its just my pin.

BrittaPerry Thu 14-Feb-13 00:21:31

OK, maybe I am BU then. I have a mixture of old house numbers on one, an old phone number on another and a school thing on another. The only time I have heard of people having a date of birth it has been of their child or such.

MmeLindor Thu 14-Feb-13 00:22:46

It isn't about the PIN, it is about him being so bone crushingly insensitive as to constantly reference his ex while he was with you. He cried over her for the first two years? I am sorry, but that would be a deal breaker for me.

How is he now? And what do you get out of the relationship?

BrittaPerry Thu 14-Feb-13 00:23:04

See, I do - when I remember one PIN I think "old house, blue house" etc. Maybe I have a weird memory. Even the randomly generated passwords I use, I can remember which site they came from and have an image in my head to remember then with.

BrittaPerry Thu 14-Feb-13 00:24:00

I get two kids and nothing else now - we separated. I think I'm just unpicking it all now in my head.

MmeLindor Thu 14-Feb-13 00:25:27

Were you happy with him for a while?

And do you want him back?

BrittaPerry Thu 14-Feb-13 00:26:18

I've just been thinking of my old PINs. For example, I had a blue card from Halifax from the age of 15 to 22, and the PIN was my childhood phone number, which was also the code for the gold combination lock on my dads black pretendy leather briefcase.

Maybe I am weird!

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Thu 14-Feb-13 00:26:33

I think you have plenty to complain about! But not the PIN, really. Honestly, how often have you changed your PINs once they're set? I have never done so.

That said, the man sounds like a bit of a cock. My sympathies.

DoingTheSwanThing Thu 14-Feb-13 00:28:02

Only a teeny bit U. My DPs exW is on the family tree, as is entirely reasonably. The bloody thing is now in the downstairs loo, I see her name with the annotation "1st", above my name, which is also spelt incorrectly every friggin time I pee. <fume>
But I'm keeping my gob shut.

MmeLindor Thu 14-Feb-13 00:29:20

God, I can barely remember my current PINs, never mind historic ones.

BrittaPerry Thu 14-Feb-13 00:30:15

I was happy, we had some really happy times. But we had some awful times too, and there was no way of knowing when they would be. He is a very angry man, he drinks too much, but more importantly he is really self obsessed. He would go off to the pub and lie about it, because he didn't want to be stressed around me and the kids as he might lose his temper. Which he would tell me when he turned up home drunk after I had fed, bathed and put to bed two small children, while I had a mental illness and very painful joints that made me limp. None of what I was doing mattered though, because in his head the fact that he did the washing up and cooked tea for me when he got back made him an amazing husband.

squeakytoy Thu 14-Feb-13 00:31:27

sounds like the PIN number is really the very least of your worries, and the fact that he is now an ex is something you should be celebrating!

DoingTheSwanThing Thu 14-Feb-13 00:32:56

Gosh, took so long typing I missed the back story! YANBU, he doesn't sound very nice (understatement). If he can't understand why it might be an issue I'm afraid I'd consider it to be a pretty big thing.

BrittaPerry Thu 14-Feb-13 00:33:25

I have a lisp, which I got badly bullied about at school. He thinks it hilarious to say the name of one of my favourite bands with a lisp. I asked him to stop it and he got grumpy, saying it was nothing to do with me, it is just funny because they are a really pathetic, nerdy and weak band and so lisping sounds right. He couldn't see that that is exactly why people used to think it hilarious to mock my speech.

alphabetspaghetti Thu 14-Feb-13 00:33:26

I think you need to address the bigger issues than the pin. Tbh if doesn't pound like much of a catch. Take your chance and run.

alphabetspaghetti Thu 14-Feb-13 00:35:11

Definitely get rid. Its not healthy to surround yourself and your children. with a man like this.

BrittaPerry Thu 14-Feb-13 00:35:39

That's it - it isn't so much the PIN in itself, it is the fact that I asked him to change it and he refused.

By the way, this is a man who is a mastermind winner. He can do the remembering of random facts very well, so it isn't a memory thing. It is a "being an insensitive arse" thing.

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