A Minnesota woman was surprised when she received a bill for $75.90 from a bride after she couldn’t attend her wedding.
Jessica Baker was invited to the wedding and her mother was supposed to watch her children. But at the last minute, she says she received a call from her mom who said she could no longer babysit her kids. Since the wedding invitation said no children, Jessica opted not to go.
She told KARE 11 News: “It listed we would have had two herb crusted walleye and there was also a service and tax charge.”
She posted the bill and note on the station's Facebook page:
The bill also came with a note that said: “This cost reflects the amount paid by the bride and groom for meals that were RSVP'd for, reimbursement and explanation for no show, card, call or text would be appreciated.”
After Jessica posted the bill online, it created a firestorm of comments.
“You never bill your guest – EVER!,” read one comment.
Another was “Outrageous behavior, no wonder the bride was furious… People have no common decency anymore.”
“Really tacky on the bride’s part, really rude on the guests part. I had six no shows to my wedding. They all could have let me know,” said another.
Anja Winnika, director of TheKnot.com, says sending a bill to no-shows is a big no-no.
She told INSIDE EDITION: “I have never heard of a bride or groom reaching out to one of their no-show guests and have them actually pay for the meal.
“It is a huge bummer when one of your guests who says they are coming doesn’t actually show up to the wedding. It means a lot. It means you have an empty space at the table. It means you are not going to get that money back. It is certainly not appropriate to reach out and ask them for compensation.”
Jessica told the news organization she has no plans to pay it.
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