WTF of the Week

invoicewtfSo, this kid decided to spend time with his grandparents as opposed to some snotty kid’s party and got billed for it, since he RSVPed and didn’t show. Why am I calling this kid snotty? Well, any parent that bills another parent for RSVPing and not showing to a birthday party is a twat and their kids will undoubtedly grow up to be snots. That’s just my opinion, of course, and you are free to disagree. You can read the full article here, and there’s even a video to watch. Now, this happened a few days ago and I’m going to file it under my “WTF” for the week. The sad thing is that I’ll probably have another “WTF” in just a few days because we sure do like to fuck with each other.

At any rate, let’s examine this for just a moment. A mother sets up a party at this place where she probably pays per person that shows up. Pretty standard. This kid RSVPs, doesn’t show, so she paid for him and she in turn bills the no-show kid’s parents. The article isn’t clear whether or not this codicil was on the party invite, but the wording makes it seem likely. But even so, who puts that on the invitation in the first place? And if so, do you make exceptions for accident, illness, or death? Or does the flat fee apply regardless of the reason for the absence?

I have kids, two boys, and we generally do their parties at a central Ohio pizza chain or our house. We ask for RSVPs simply because if I have 15 kids coming (with 1-2 adults apiece), that’s a minimum of around 30 people I need food and drink for, plus prize bags and what other shit my wife plans. Now, let’s say I get a count of 30 and I order enough pizza for that many people at two slices each (and that ain’t cheap, Brownies), and then only half show up. I have a lot of leftover shit, man. It would never enter my mind to invoice these parents their two slices of pizza, three cups of pop, and goodie bags. It just seems petty. Though, at one point, the father here says “She didn’t treat me like a human being, she treated me like a child…”

Uh, asshole, kids are human beings…

Maybe you should pay her. Maybe she isn’t billing for a human missing a party, but kennel space for whatever species that little creature sitting next to you really is… I mean, that’s fair, right?

At any rate, dad should have said “Hey, not gonna make it…” There is, though, some disagreement as to whether or not the dad had the other parent’s digits. I figure he did, at one point, and tossed them. Or maybe he just didn’t care, didn’t think it’d matter?

Brownies, what are your thoughts? Was she right or wrong to bill this parent? Hit me up in the comments!

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