BBQ’S in the summer are pretty common with friends often socialising around the grill.
But one woman was left fuming when her mate threw an elaborate affair charging £40 to attend – and she still left starving.
In fact, the woman paid £80 in total for herself and her husband, just to have a basic BBQ at their friend’s house.
The money was supposed to go towards meat, veg, dessert and soft drink for six people – but the guests were left wondering where their money went.
The unnamed woman took to Mumsnet to ask if it was reasonable to ask for a refund since they didn’t get their fair share of dinner, according to Mirror online.
They even had to stop on the way home to get takeaway as they were still starving when they left.
Explaining the situation, she wrote online: “A distant friend arranged a barbecue. She invited 6 people and asked for £40 each. This was to go towards meat, veg and dessert and soft drinks (no alcohol).
“Got there on [the] day and husband and her had issues lighting the fire and then got really grumpy.
“We all tried to help her as she was getting moody and sulking and she stressed she didn’t want help (we all helped marinade the meat before).
“She eventually made a few batches of wings and corn and then started sulking and went inside.”
She went on to reveal that soon after they asked to leave as the woman’s husband said she “wasn’t feeling very well.”
We all went hungry. DH and I got takeout on [the] way home (we paid £80! For the BBQ). I’m still shocked at the outcome of the day.
“We all went hungry. DH and I got takeout on [the] way home (we paid £80! For the BBQ). I’m still shocked at the outcome of the day.
“Not to mention all the meat veg desserts and drinks left at her house! We were all so shocked we hurriedly left.”
Other Mumsnet users were gobsmacked by the hefty price charged and wondered why they even agreed to go.
One person asked: “What the hell! £40 each?!?! What was she barbecuing, Wagyu beef?
“This is insane, you need to ask for your money back!”
Another said: “Wait……. she invited you for a BBQ and asked you to pay £40 each??? Was this meant to be some kind of charity support event? And not even including booze???!!!
“Why did you not ask for your money back before you all left? The mind boggles. Whatever next…”
Many insisted she should demand the money back as it was a “ridiculous” amount to begin with.
In the comments, the original poster explained the money was used to purchase wings, chops, ribs, and steak, with vegetable sides including corn on the cob, coleslaw, potato salad, and a range of desserts.
Desperate for a refund, she asked another friend, who also attended the event, for advice on what to do.
This is insane, you need to ask for your money back!
But they said she shouldn’t ask for a refund “because the host suffers from panic attacks and anxiety.”
She later revealed that she ended up asking for the money back anyway, which the host’s husband returned.
But many were still feeling reeling, with one person saying: “I find it genuinely bizarre that anyone would ask for money for a bbq or any sort of event at their house that they invite you to.
“If you don’t want to pay for other people’s food then organise a dinner out or a picnic. Don’t host.”
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