RELATIONSHIPS are all about compromise.

So Reddit users weren't sure what to think when one woman revealed why she charges her boyfriend £40 if he's not home by 4am.

In her post, the woman explained that she and her partner have been living together for two years.

Despite being a "natural homebody", she'd developed a drinking problem when they first started dating, due to the death of her mother.

She wrote: "After moving in together, I was still wrestling with alcoholism and stayed out a handful of times (about five times in a year) until 3am.

"Frequently, I'd irresponsibly allow my phone to die while I continued drinking. Every time, my boyfriend expressed that he hated this.

"He hated the staying out late and he hated the dead phone.

"He told me it was unacceptable. Eventually, it seemed like such a big deal to my boyfriend that I just sucked it up, stopped staying out late, and stopped drinking."

The woman went on to say that it's been over a year since she stayed out late - but their roles have now reversed.

She continued: "[He's] got a new set of friends and now he stays out mostly every weekend until 3-5am.

"I don't ask who he's with or what he’s doing before he leaves. I don't bother him while he's out. I want him to have his space because humans deserve that.

"But it still bothers me that he's late, only because of the double standard that he's set in our relationship."

The woman has already "calmly explained" why she's unhappy with her boyfriend's partying, but it hasn't made a difference.

She said: "He tells me he'll be home by a certain time and doesn't make it. When I [call] him out on how he treated me for coming home late, he backpedals. I'm tired of wasting my breath."

For this reason, she's decided to create a rule for them both to follow.

"Tonight when he left at midnight, I made a proposition. If either one us aren't home at 4am, we have to give the other $50 (£38) and no-one can be angry," she explained.

"My reasoning is that he's either going to tire of paying the $50 and come home on time or afford me the same level of understanding for occasionally staying out until the bars close."

Unfortunately, other Reddit users don't seem to think the plan will save her relationship.

One commented: "Your lifestyles are not meshing. Congratulations on your recovery, but he is not in the same boat. You're both on different cruises."

Another wrote: "This $50 thing is a bad idea. It sounds like it's going to breed resentment, not actually encourage him to get home on time.

"You don't seem to be able to properly communicate your feelings to each other, or he just doesn't care how you feel."