There’s nothing fun about being the one appointed the organiser of a family Christmas dinner, but one woman is furious with her sister-in-law for charging her $70 for the meal.
The woman took to Mumsnet to vent her anger, claiming her sister-in-law served them tinned soup for lunch and a very basic Christmas dinner.
“My SIL (sister-in-law) said she would host Christmas this year as she has a big new house and plenty of room for us all,” she started the post.
“I asked if I should bring something and she said she would just do a shop and split the cost.”
The sister-in law did mention that they should bring their own alcohol, which the woman thought was strange.
“I thought it was a little odd, as did my hubby but he reminded me that she was cheap and the food wouldn’t cost that much anyway! Best to just agree with it instead of making a fuss,” she continued.
On Christmas Day, they arrived at the sister-in-law’s house with five bottles of wine, but only drank one bottle and left the rest of them there.
“We were given cereal for breakfast and tinned soup for lunch and a basic Christmas dinner. No puddings and just a little cheese for desert,” the woman said.
The woman got the bill from her sister-in-law, who had charged them an ‘insulting’ $70 each for the meals.
“It doesn’t seem right to hand over money. Especially to family,” she said.
“Also I feel really ripped off! I don’t want to upset my husband, but his family are a new level of cheap. If I did that to my brother, he probably wouldn’t speak to me again.”
People online were conflicted on what the woman should do, with many saying she agreed to pay beforehand and others saying it sound ‘extortionate’.
“That is so uncouth and embarrassing. i would be asking her for an itemised bill and really be petty about it down to the last penny. Make her see how mean and cheap she is being,” one person said.
“I’d pay and then never go there again. I’m sure you can have a lovely Xmas without them in years to come! That’s a ridiculous price to pay and i would never invite people and then ask them to pay,” another person said.
Maybe the woman should consider having a quiet Christmas at home with her husband next year.
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