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I know IABU but *screaming internally*

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YesimstillwatchingNetflix Fri 19-Apr-19 10:37:43

I was given a brand new mobile phone this week. I left it on the kitchen table next to my laptop planning to set it up once the children were in bed.

Went to sort out DC teeth, bath, bed. Returned to new phone. DH had come home, opened my phone's box and.... removed the plastic peel thingy they put over the screen. sad I am gutted. I don't know why but I LOVE that satisfying feeling of peeling off the new phone plastic thing.

I am extra annoyed because the last time I had a new phone (5 years ago)- he did the same bloody thing!!!!!

I know it's ridiculous. I know it doesn't matter in the scheme of things. I know some women are married to absolute toolboxes and that there are people starving.... but ... angry

TheQueef Fri 19-Apr-19 10:39:32

Yanbu unboxing is a thing.
Wouldn't bother me personally but I understand.

megrichardson Fri 19-Apr-19 10:50:13

the peel plastic thingy is the best bit!!

Once could have been an accident, but your DH has done this to you twice?? I think it's emotional abuse.

Next time, hide your new phone when you get it, and also try to grab the next new phone and do it to him!! That will sort him out good and proper.

megrichardson Fri 19-Apr-19 10:50:57

grab his next new phone, I mean. I never seem to be able to type properly on MN

NaBiAgOl Fri 19-Apr-19 10:54:42

Did he set it up for you? charge it, transfer sim over, get it all ready to go?

IF he did I could forgive peeling off the plastic layer but if he just came along and peeled off the plastic layer but did nothing useful, I'd be irrationally annoyed as well!

He owes you a horrible job now. SOmething you know you need to do but have been putting off for a while, he needs to do that for you.

QueenAnneBoleyn Fri 19-Apr-19 10:55:12

YANBU. That would give me the right hump! Cheeky sod. wine

YesimstillwatchingNetflix Fri 19-Apr-19 10:58:41

@NaBiAgOl He did not. He opened it, peeled off the plastic, put phone back on box, left plastic on the table, walked away. angry

WhatNowRandy Fri 19-Apr-19 11:00:54

Ugh, how infuriating! Mine once stuck it back on right in front of me and tried to pass that on as "look, it still sticks, you can peel it off now". As if that's in any way the same thing! angry

Lovewinemorethanhusband Fri 19-Apr-19 11:01:29

My husband does this as well, takes all the plastic off and also likes to have the first play, he's a phone shop manager so I would have thought the novelty for him would have worn off by now, Ive threaten to go to a different network if he does it on my new phone !!
The worst thing he does though is he opens the new coffee jars and pierces the foil tops pisses me right off as he doesn't even drink coffee, he then puts it back in the cupboard !! That makes me want to kill him

FiveShelties Fri 19-Apr-19 11:01:41

I still have plastic thingy on and my phone is three months old. I am saving it!

QueenoftheBiscuitTin Fri 19-Apr-19 11:03:10

My DP has to be the first to try, use or open things he buys, so if I'd have done that, he'd have been most displeased. YANBU.

FiveShelties Fri 19-Apr-19 11:03:37

Lovewine - piercing the coffee foil would be a deal breakergrin

TSSDNCOP Fri 19-Apr-19 11:03:44

Oh god I’d have killed him dead. De-boxing is the best bit about a new phone. When everything’s all shiny and not smeary and you marvel at the minimalist packaging and the lovely new headphones and the joy of having a new charger.

cuppycakey Fri 19-Apr-19 11:09:04


Unicornshopkeeper Fri 19-Apr-19 11:09:18

I would be absolutely furious if my DH or any of my DC did this. It's mine, it's expensive and it only happens every couple of years.

Is he generally a good guy?

misper Fri 19-Apr-19 11:09:21

me and DH leave the peelies for as long as we can for a treat.
if he did that he'd know he was doing something quite seriously bad

Betty777 Fri 19-Apr-19 11:09:48

I HATE unboxing anything tech related, as it's followed by my having to sort stuff out and try to get it working properly. I would let anyone peel my film if they'd sort out all the other crap for me ;-)

of course if he just peeled and walked away, then LTB

Lovewinemorethanhusband Fri 19-Apr-19 11:11:14

Fiveshelties he thinks it's funny however the strop I had being 35 weeks pregnant don't think he's going to do it again for a while, it was epic tantrum like my 4 year old throws 😂

morefoolyou Fri 19-Apr-19 11:11:59


ZippyBungleandGeorge Fri 19-Apr-19 11:14:19

This is tantamount to the poster whose husband ate the core of her chocolate orange. LTB

Holidayshopping Fri 19-Apr-19 11:15:36

Total first world problem, but that would make me stabby, too!

Did he know that you like doing the peeling and that you were cross that he’d done it before?

Did he think it was funny?

intensiveeveline Fri 19-Apr-19 11:16:22

Once could have been an accident, but your DH has done this to you twice?? I think it's emotional abuse

Agreed! He wanted to deprive you of pleasure. Is he also selfish in bed? He is trying to break the special bond you should have with your mobile and spoil the relationship out of jealousy.

Insist on counselling for the three of you or else he needs to find somewhere else to live. Perhaps Carphone Warehouse?

IncrediblySadToo Fri 19-Apr-19 11:17:27


WTAF does he think he’s doing, messing with YOUR new phone? I’d be seriously pissed off. When you have a partner and kids you end up with very little that’s JUST yours. Anyone doing that would get told.

ukgift2016 Fri 19-Apr-19 11:17:29

I think he did it on purpose then. Especially if he did it before and you told him off about it.

Yabbers Fri 19-Apr-19 11:17:49

Oh, this is LTB territory.

Both DH and DD know that unboxing anything is a sin. And using it first is worse. But peeling off peely things is absolutely unforgivable.

DD noticed one on the side of our 4 year old fridge freezer. We had so much fun with that one. I’m still finding ones in my 6 month old car.

My best one was, I work in construction and at one site I visited they were putting up cladding panels. They were covered peely things and I half jokingly remarked I would love to peel those off. They actually invited me back to do it. Best day at work!

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