Party guest miffed be­ing asked to pay more than fair share

The China Post - - TV & COMICS -

DEAR AN­NIE: An of­fice co-worker is get­ting mar­ried and she in­vited me to her bach­e­lorette party. The plan was to take a limo and the cost was US$60 per per­son. The maid of honor asked whether the price would be OK, and even though I thought it was a bit pricey, I agreed.

The day of the party, two of her friends did not show up. Two days later, the bride and her maid of honor texted the rest of us to pay an ad­di­tional US$20 to cover the cost of the no-shows.

I feel this re­quest is tacky. Why am I re­spon­si­ble for friends who aren’t re­li­able? And isn’t this part of the cost of plan­ning a party? You don’t ex­pect your guests to pay for food that doesn’t get eaten. Why should we pay the limo costs for peo­ple who don’t show up?

— Not My Prob­lem

Dear Not: While it is ex­pected that bach­e­lorette party ex­penses be shared, it is un­fair to have ev­ery­one agree to a spe­cific amount and then change it l ater. The plan­ning was done with a cer­tain num­ber of guests in mind, and the ex­tra amount due should be paid by the ones who didn’t show up.

How­ever, this is a woman you work with and will have to see on a reg­u­lar ba­sis in the fu­ture. We think US$ 20, even in in­stall­ments, is a small price to pay for main­tain­ing peace in your of­fice en­vi­ron­ment.

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