A Story of Betrayal: My Neighbor Stole My Painting Worth $5000! How Would You React?

A poster on Reddit recently had a bad experience and needed to vent about it. His sad tale involves a neighbor stealing an incredibly valuable painting from him. Read on to find out more.

He Enjoys Stooping

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He’s a man who enjoys “stooping” – walking around neighborhoods looking for treasures that people have thrown out.

It’s a passion of his, and he’s found some amazing things over the years. It’s a hobby that has also proven to be profitable for him in the past.

Hidden Treasure

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One of the most valuable pieces he’s stumbled upon is a painting that he estimates to be worth around $5000.

He’s held onto it for almost two years, planning to hang it on his wall and sell it only in a dire situation.

Unfortunately, that situation has come to pass.

A Tough Time

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OP (the original poster) recently lost his job, and he decided to photograph the artwork he has and send it to a few recommended art galleries.

This was how he was planning on making some money to help him through this tough time of unemployment.

His Prized Painting Was Missing

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But as he was going through his paintings, he realized that the expensive one was missing!

He searched every nook and cranny of his small studio apartment but couldn’t find it anywhere.

Devastated

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OP was absolutely devastated.

He knows exactly who took it – an old neighbor he’d been close with. They used to be friends, playing board games and going out to dinner occasionally.

She even had the key to his apartment when he was out of town pet-sitting for friends!

The Suspect

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The neighbor was a former art gallerist who keenly understood the art world and the prices.

OP thinks that she took the painting while he lent her his apartment.

A Fool

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He feels like a fool for trusting his neighbor. He never thought that she would steal from him!

Making Excuses

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She would always make excuses when he suggested art galleries to visit to give her resume to, and she was living off her daughter’s bar tips.

She even told him that she was visualizing a new life in a tiny cabin. But how would she afford it if she didn’t have a job?

Suspicion Grows

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She stated that while she loved spending time with her daughter (they were sharing a one-bedroom), there were times when she just wanted to be alone.

So, he told her she was more than welcome to come to his place, turn on the TV, and veg.

A Deep Betrayal

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He can understand why she took it. She was struggling to make ends meet, and he couldn’t imagine how two people could live on one person’s bar tips in a high-cost-of-living city like theirs.

But to steal from a friend? To take something that wasn’t hers?

It was a betrayal that cut deep.

Disillusioned

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The theft of the painting has left OP feeling disillusioned with his passion for stooping. He used to find joy in discovering hidden treasures, but now he’s wondering if it’s worth the risk.

He thinks about all the things he’s seen over the years and wonders if they’re even safe in his apartment. He feels vulnerable and exposed.

Angry and Hurt

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OP is angry and hurt about the theft.

He should have had the painting appraised and sold it immediately, but he never thought he would need the money.

Nothing Left

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He was planning on enjoying the artwork on his walls. Now he’s left with nothing but regret and a sense of loss.

On Reflection

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It’s heartbreaking to hear about OP’s situation. He put a lot of trust in his neighbor, and it’s a shame that she took advantage of that trust.

OP has every right to feel angry and hurt, but he shouldn’t blame himself too much. He had no way of knowing that his neighbor would betray him. The situation is unfortunate, but hopefully, he can find peace and move on from this experience.

It’s a sad situation, but hopefully, OP will bounce back and come out of it stronger and wiser. He still has the rest of his paintings, so there’s a chance he may hopefully be able to strike gold with a piece kept in there.

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