Chicago: Weddings are glorious in appearance and are also expensive at the same time. However, have you ever heard of being charged for not attending a wedding ceremony?
A couple from Chicago sent bills worth $240 (Rs. 17,521 INR) to the guests who chose not to attend the wedding reception without notifying the pair. Calling them the “No Call, No Show” guests, Doug Simmons and Dedra McGee stated they would charge them $240 (Rs. 17,521 INR) for the reception banquet and their plus-ones.
After posting the picture of the invoice on Facebook, Doug wrote, “Don’t be offended when I send this #invoice to you. It’s going to look something like this. I’ll be sending it via email and certified mail… just in case you say you ain’t get the email #PETTYPOST”
The invoice explains, “This invoice is being given to you because you confirmed seat(s) at the wedding reception during the Final Headcount. The figure above is the cost of your seats. Because you didn’t call or give us a decent note that you wouldn’t be in gathering, this amount is something you owe us for funding for your seat(s) in advance. You can pay via Zelle or PayPal. Please reach out to us and let us know which method of payment works for you. Thank you!”
The guests were granted one month to pay the couple whose marriage happened in Jamaica at Royalton Negril Resort & Spa.
In a different post, Doug addressed, “I got over 200+ inbox messages from people appreciating me for the #INVOICE post. So many have shared terror tales regarding people who no-showed on them. Weddings & birthday gatherings… very sad. My #PETTYPOST has changed into something more profound… it has opened people’s lack of responsibility and constantly discovering a way to make themselves the victim.”
Doug said to the New York Post that he and his wife were sad because visitors did not show up at their proposed dream wedding, which made them take this measure.
“Four times we asked, ‘Are you available to come, can you make it?,’ and they kept answering ‘Yes,’ ” stated Doug figuring that they had to pay in advance since this was a destination ceremony in Jamaica.
Following the photo of the bill went viral, netizens showed their surprise at the couple’s move. While some proclaimed it a “tacky” step, several others acknowledged it and spoke about their personal struggles of not showing up after approval.