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Over in the United Kingdom, one mother set the internet ablaze with the story of a party invite that would have cost $120. Scandal indeed.
As anyone who has reproduced will know, having children is the most indulgent thing you can do. Pre-birth parties, post-birth parties, baptisms, christenings, name days; all events boil down to the hideous annual cycle of bankrupting your nearest and dearest. If you’re super-duper into yourself, you’ll increase the number of yearly events by having more kids.
I have two. I know what I’m talking about.
Coming straight outta the United Kingdom is yet more evidence, as one mother was inherently shook by a party invite her son received, which ostensibly doubled as a $120 bill.
Predictably, she shared all the details in a post on a parenting forum, which is a fine way to start a war.
According to the post, guests were also asked to provide Amazon vouchers as a gift and was soon badgered by the birthday person’s mum about chipping in for the required deposit.
She said: “Am I being unreasonable to think this is really grabby – bordering on cheeky f***ery?
“Son is at a newish school – he was so happy to have been invited to a karting birthday party – turns out the whole class were invited.
“Details were: the date, the activity, transport provided (it’s an 80-mile round trip) and a request of Amazon vouchers for a present.
“In the last few weeks, I’ve been updated with further texts asking for deposits for the karting (£20) and the remainder of the day (£30).
“THEN that was followed up by a request for £20 for the transport.”
She later added, as mothers are wont to do: “This morning she (in my opinion) has the gall to request we pack a generous picnic with ice packs and pack extra so the birthday boy doesn’t have to bring anything.
“I was going to decline following the minibus request but I think this is the final straw and I’ll take son (sic) and a friend karting myself at this rate.”
Other mothers quickly climbed upon the outrage train, claiming that they’d probably do the same, given the awful opportunity. Which I won’t reference, as this is a family publication, and clearly, we know not the situation the party organiser is in. That, and there are larger issues at hand. The other Amazon is on fire y’know.
One thing is absolutely true, however. This is why my tubes are tied, and why I avoid school drop off like the plague.