Background first. Sorry for the length. We have friends who live about 15 hours away from us. We try to visit each other at least once a year (alternate who goes to who) and we meet in Mexico every winter for up to 2 weeks. Both of us own timeshares, albeit at different places.
So, one year we stay two weeks at their timeshare in Mexico and the next year they stay two weeks with us at our timeshare. We have done this for over a dozen years and because we are very compatible, never have had an issues.
We just got home from grocery shopping to find a message on our answering machine. The message is from the wife of friends of our friends, who we have met quite briefly a couple of times when we visited our friends. I don't believe either of us have ever had a conversation of any length with this woman or her spouse...just met, chatted about topics like the weather and moved along.
The message from the wife (we listened to it twice because we really couldn't believe what we were hearing) was a request to stay with us (and our friends) at our timeshare in Mexico in 2015 (it is our year to be the "hosts).
Our friends (who are in Seattle at a christening this weekend), have been called. They are shocked and horrified. They did not give their friend our phone number and had no idea that she would look us up on the internet and find our number.
She apparently has been asking them (our friends) to invite her and her spouse to stay with them in Mexico for the past several years. She has always been told no and told that we have an arrangement that works well for the four of us and that none of us plan to change that by adding another couple to the mix.
I gather she is the kind of person who doesn't believe in accepting no for an answer.
So, what do I/we do now? Do I call her back and tell her no? Do I ignore the message?
My spouse says (semi-seriously) that he will call her back, tell her no and then tell her that it is rude to invite yourself on other peoples vacations. I told him that I thought the ehellions would have much more polite responses than that and he agreed to wait and see what others have to say.
I'm still in shock about this. None of us are young. Our friends and their friends are all retired. I've just never had anyone try to invite themselves along on our vacation before!