Man pays for his stepdaughter's wedding only to be deceived

A man told a shocking story revolving around his stepdaughter's wedding. Though he had organized and paid for the event, none of the 20 people he had wanted to invite made the final guest list; not even his own name was on the invitations. He slowly found out what was going on and reacted in the most courageous of ways:

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"My stepdaughter will be getting married on August 3rd. The wedding planning has consumed most of her and her mother's life for the past six months.

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"My stepdaughter graduated last December from university. I paid for her to go to college. […] She does not have a job and has been living with us for the duration of her college career and since her graduation. I also bought her a car to get back and forth from school when she finished high school. […]

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"From time to time her deadbeat father would pop into her life and she would fawn all over him. Although he has not contributed a cent to her education or paid any child support, though that is my girlfriend's fault as c.s. was not part of the settlement, she still loves him and wants him in her life.

"He stays long enough to break her heart by skipping town and breaking some promise that he made her. […]

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"Yesterday, we had a Sunday dinner with the future in-law's family and us and a surprise guest, the "Real Dad." At this little dinner my stepdaughter announced that her "Real Dad" was going to be able to make it to her wedding and that now he'd be able to give her away. […]

"I don't think I have ever felt so angry and so disrespected. I was shaking. I took a few seconds to gather my composure. […] Once I was sure I'd be able to speak I got up from my chair and said I'd like to make a toast. I can't remember exactly what I said but the gist of it was this:

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'I'd like to make a toast.' The sound of spoons against glasses ring in my years. 'It has been my great pleasure to be a part of this family for the past ten years.' Awe, how sweet. 'At this point in my life I feel I owe a debt of gratitude to bride and groom, because they have opened my eyes to something very important.' Confident smiles exchanged. 'They have showed me that my position in this family is not what I once thought it was.' And now a glimmer of confusion and shock begins to spread on the faces in the room. 'Though I once thought of myself as the patriarch or godfather of the family, commanding great respect and sought out for help in times of need, it seems instead that I hold the position of an ATM, good for a stream of money, but not much else. As I have been replaced as host, both on the invitations and in the ceremony, I am resigning my financial duties as host to my successor, Real Dad. So cheers to the happy couple and the path they have chosen.' I finished my drink. 'You all can let yourselves out.'"

After making this speech, the man found out further details about the wedding: the menu included food that he was allergic to and the music selection was catered to the biological father's taste. He split up from his girlfriend and doesn't regret this decision for one second.

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