I’m in the middle of a very awkward neighborhood situation. Recently, my family was invited to a high school grad party for our neighbor’s daughter. On the invite it said, “in lieu of a gift please bring $50 for Emily’s dorm fund.”
First, what is a dorm fund? I’ve never heard of that. Secondly, who spends that much on a graduation gift for an 18-year-old? Third, who requires a cash donation to get into the party?
Because that’s what happened my family showed up at the party with not $50 in cash, but a $15 Target gift card and we were TURNED AWAY and by that I mean the grad asked us to leave because we didn’t bring the “right present.”
I want to know how to handle this situation. Do I go have it out with my neighbor and demand an apology?
Signed, Greedy Neighbors
You are going to do absolutely nothing. Think about what can you really do? Your neighbors are crude idiots. If you believe you’re going to go over and talk this out and get an apology you’re sadly mistaken. They will never admit that they were acting grotesquely greedy and that their actions were at the best mean-spirited and at the worst disgusting.
If I were you I would wear being asked to leave the party like a badge of honor. You were like Superman fighting for truth, justice and good manners. No one hosting a party should ever demand cash at the door and have guests bounced unless they’re running a nightclub.
So girlfriend just own it and be proud. Also, go treat yourself to something nice with that Target gift card.
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