Guests who did not attend the wedding of Doug Simmons, 44, and Deidra McGee, 43, received an unpleasant surprise after the event: a $240 bill (about a Brazilian real) 1.250, at current price) to cover the extra costs of the ceremony. According to the New York Post, the newlyweds in Chicago were so angry at the absence of those who had already confirmed they would attend the party that they decided to take action on the incident.
Upon publication, Simmons said he was “a bit petty” after the episode, but that he wasn’t the one who “would be accusing someone.” He said the situation was not about money, but rather a reaction to the mischief caused by the guests. The event was attended by more than 100 participants and was held at the Royalton Negril Resort & Spa in Jamaica.
The businessman said, “We asked four times, are you ready to come, can you go?” They kept saying “yes”. “We had to pay up front and it was a wedding in Jamaica.”
Despite the assurances, Simmons said not everyone kept their promise. “Nobody said anything to me or texted me, ‘Hey, we can’t go,'” Simmons said. ‘That’s all I’ve been asking. If you tell me you can’t come, I’ll be sympathetic – but say nothing and still make me pay for you and for you. Four people became eight people. I took it. This is on the personal side.”
A photo of the bill caught attention on social media this week. In the letter, the newlyweds wrote: “This bill has been sent to you because you have confirmed the seat(s) at my wedding. Since you did not call us or give us proper notice that you will not be attending, this amount is what you owe us to prepay for your seat(s). You can pay Via Zelle or PayPal. Contact us and tell us which payment method is right for you. Thank you!”.
The resulting wedding invoice, originally published Facebook social networking site De Doug, put the offenders into ecstasy: “This bill is being sent to you because you confirmed the seat(s) at the wedding during the final count,” a note reads at the end of “#PETTYPOST.” “Since you did not call us or give us proper notice that you will not attend, this amount is what you owe us for prepaying your seat(s). You can pay via Zelle or PayPal. Call us and tell me which payment method is right for you. Thank you!”
One user wrote, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a wedding bill before.” The document was divided by several people in the comments. One wrote: “I understand I’m upset about not having guests for a small wedding, but sending the bill is overkill.” Another said, “$240 is too much…if there is no proper excuse not to show up, they owe the bride and groom.”
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