I was predicting this would happen years ago. And while this isn’t the first time I’ve heard of AWOL wedding guests being sent invoices for missed meals, this is the most newsworthy to date.

It was a couple weeks ago, Jessica Baker was getting ready to go to a wedding with her husband when she got a call from her mom.

“She called at the last minute and had something come up and said I can’t make it,” said Baker.

Her mom was supposed to watch their kids. And since the invitation said no children, that meant no wedding. But then this week, she received a bill for the dinner they were supposed to have enjoyed.

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” she said with a smile. “It listed, we would have had two herb crusted walleye and there was also a service and tax charge.”

The total came to $75.90.

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Playing Footsy With The Armrest

by admin on September 30, 2015

I am submitting this story both to rant and for advice should something similar happen again (as I expect it will).

I regularly travel between the UK and the Netherlands. Approximately once a month I take a 1 hour flight between these 2 countries. I always take these flights alone. Due to a change in personal circumstances I have recently begun using a different UK airport to make these trips. As you may know, the Netherlands has liberal drug laws which makes it a popular destination for stag and hen parties, as well as other young people keen to experience the Dutch nightlife. In addition to these tourists there are also usually many young families and business travelers on the flights.

The flights from my new UK airport seem to have a much higher percentage of stag and hen parties and a lower percentage of business and family travelers. For this reason, the flights can be more rowdy. I usually take a book and tolerate this issue as it is only a short flight. However, on my most recent flight this strategy was insufficient.

A group of young women sitting behind me (I estimate approximately 18-20 years old) were speaking loudly and using offensive language from the beginning of the flight. As there were no children nearby no one seemed to mind, and I ignored it. As food was served I noticed that the woman sitting behind me had removed her shoes and socks and placed her feet between the chairs and onto the arm rest beside me. Her feet were not clean and I felt unable to eat with them almost touching my arm. I think the woman sitting next to me (also sharing the foot-covered arm rest) had noticed but chosen not to react.

I turned around, smiled at the woman behind me then glanced at her feet. I assumed this would be enough to remind her that her actions were inappropriate. I was shocked when she smirked back at me and her friend said, “Have you got a problem?”  I replied, “Please can you move your feet, it is quite unhygienic”.  She moved them off my arm rest. I then heard her and her friends mocking me. It seems ridiculous, but I felt like I was back in High School! I hate confrontation, and this incident bothered me for the rest of the day.

Can any readers offer advice on how I can better handle a situation like this in the future? Unfortunately, unless I pay for an upgrade I expect to encounter similar problems again. Whilst ideally I would hope the cabin crew would ensure a pleasant environment (and have contacted corporate to suggest this) I do not expect much. 0928-15

What you said was fine.  What you need is your confidence built so that you don’t feel guilty for standing up for yourself and so that you are not emotionally bothered by the antics of petty people.   View it this way…you won.   You had control of the situation.  Footsy chick may have grumbled and spewed hateful invectives in your direction but she did what you asked nonetheless.  Kind of reminds me of how my dog mutters under her breath when she has to do something I want her to do.   What Footsy Chick did in response to your request was typical of insecure people who do not yet have the maturity and self confidence to behave civilly to a civil request.



by admin on September 29, 2015

I was reading through the “Neighbors” story archives when I came across the story of a party guest who was ambushed by a candle selling event. This reminded me of my own “sales party” horror a few years back.

My friend “Alice” invited me to a Tupperware party at her home to be thrown by an old college friend. I typically decline all sales-party invitations but this was walking distance from my home so I accepted.  What a mistake.

I arrived at the scheduled 10:00 start time to find nothing set up, no food, and guests sitting on the floor (the couch was the only actual seating and it was full). Alice’s hyper dog is also running around jumping on the guests, many of the women are wearing pajama pants, one has brought her boyfriend who has fallen asleep in the corner behind a curtain! As the brand representative began to set up her wares, I tried to make conversation with the other guests. This did not go well as they were very quick to inform me that since I was not a music teacher, I therefore had a very cushy job (I’m a social worker by the way) and could not relate to anything they had to say. Ok then, I’ll just play with the hyper dog.

Then the actual “party” began. The hostess stands up and announces that she is a teacher, she does not make much money and therefore sells Tupperware to supplement her income. She then informs us that she does not personally use any of the wares but we should buy a lot because she needs money. The presentation then comes to a halt. She and Alice then proceed to use one of the containers to cook spaghetti in the microwave which is then served to us.

So there we are, on the floor, with barely cooked spaghetti, no drinks, no napkins, with the dog jumping all over us and sticking it’s nose into the food. By this time the sleeping boyfriend has woken up and helped himself to beers from the refrigerator. He is the only one with anything to drink except the hostess who has a Starbucks cup for herself only.

No one opted to purchase anything. The dog jumped on some of the spaghetti plates hard enough to flip them onto the floor. To wrap things up, a microwaved cake was offered, there were no plates to go with it. I would say the high point of the event was when the hostess accused me of being “too good to use Tupperware” because I probably had tons of money to go to restaurants for every meal (you know how social workers are known for living the high life).

While I didn’t leave with any new Tupperware, I did get a story to tell for the rest of my life. All in all, a fair trade.

Thanks for reading! 0928-15


Going Up?

by admin on September 28, 2015

I have a question about elevator etiquette. I live in a 13 story building, with two elevators servicing the portion I live in. Today I came in from the grocery store, holding two filled to the brim bags, and waited for the elevator with one other person. When the elevator arrived, a man stepped out of it. I entered the elevator, but the man I had been waiting with greeted the person leaving the elevator, and started to have a conversation with him. He placed his hand on the elevator door, to ensure it couldn’t close.

This happens all the time, and I never do anything. But my bags were seriously heavy today, and I was running late to unpack them and then get to the school to pick up my daughter.

How long do I have to give the person holding a conversation before I can interrupt and ask them if they are going up? Keeping in mind this is only a 13 story building and there are two elevators, so its not like their wait would be long to let me go ahead and they can take the elevator when they are done with their conversation.

Thanks! 0922-15

Thirty seconds for niceties to be exchanged and arrangements made to meet elsewhere…maybe a minute.   Then it’s time to say, “Do you think you could catch the next elevator so that you can finish your conversation?”   Or you can dramatically place the grocery bags on the elevator floor and stare wistfully at the elevator doors while pushing the elevator “close door” button.


First Give Away Contest of the Season!

by admin on September 28, 2015

Autumn is here in the US and here at Ehell, we love to give away seasonally themed prizes.   There will only be two give away contests this Autumn season but this is one of the best!

Martha Stewart Townhouse Cookie Cutter and Stencil Set.   The stencils measure 6.2″H x 2.7″W; 5.4″H x 2.4″W and 6″H x 3″W and are made of durable 10 mil food grade plastic for high-quality, professional, repeat use.  But you don’t have to use the stencils to be creative in decorating the cookies.   The handmade copper cookie cutters are made in Kansas and were featured in Martha Stewart Living, December, 2007.   This is a $55.00 value give away!


The rules are simple.  Reply to this post using a valid email address by midnight EST on October 2nd 2015.  You do not need to put your real name or email address in the comments but using a valid email address when you comment will make sure you receive notification if you win.   Each reply comment is automatically assigned a number based on the order in which replies are received.  Winner will be chosen using random.org random number generator and notified by the following Monday October 5th.   Failure to respond within a week to notification of winning means you will forfeit the prize and another random drawing will determine another winner.   So check your spam filters!


Feel Good Friday – 100 Movies Dance Scenes Mashup (Mark Ronson-Uptown Funk ft.Bruno Mars)

September 25, 2015

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Missing The Ride, Missing The Game

September 21, 2015

I’m looking for guidance, as I am sure this will happen again. BG: Four the past years, Dear Daughter  and Best Friend have played on the same sports team. Due to BF’s parents’ work schedules (service/retail), we have transported BF to and from games countless number of times. I do not mind this in the […]

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