A woman who paid and cooked for her entire family has shared how she received a ‘hospitality invoice’ because she, her husband and children stayed over for three nights.
Sharing her story on Mumsnet, the woman explained she spent Christmas with eleven family members, including her husband and kids.
“The set up is a bit complicated. My husband has three sisters. The venue was a sister’s house but I cooked because she was recovering from an injury,” she wrote.
The mother went on and explained that they all stayed on December 23 to 26.
“We brought two joints of meat, a Christmas pudding, a Christmas cake, plenty of wine, beer, some gin and rum, some nice cheeses, kids snacks, and drinks,” she continued.
But the next day, her sister-in-law sent her an invoice for $250.
While she understood that hosting many people can be exhausting, she did not expect to be charged for spending Christmas together.
“My husband wants to pay it to shut her up,” the woman continued. “I want to ask her to itemise it and prepare an invoice in return for the hours I spent cooking Christmas dinner.”
Mumsnet users were shocked by the sister-in-law’s actions, with one person suggesting: “You write her an invoice with all the items you paid for listed. And a line something like ‘you being a cheeky f****r: priceless’. And you email it back.”
Another said: “Create your own invoice and send it back! How much did you spend and what is the going rate for a chef these days?!”
A third said: “I wouldn’t pay it. You’ve contributed plenty and been very generous. Who the f*** invoices guests for staying with them? Ignore it and stay at home for Christmas in future. Far simpler.”
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