A recently married couple has captured international attention for allegedly emailing a woman from the U.K. to say that her wedding gift wasn't generous enough.
The recipient posted about the incident May 6 in the online forum Mumsnet under the pseudonym, Puzzledandpissedoff.
"I recently attended an ex-colleague's wedding where, in response to a request for cash gifts, I sent what I thought was a pretty decent cheque (£100 if it matters, though I can't help feeling it shouldn't)," she said, before describing the shocking email she later found in her inbox.
"[We] were surprised that your contribution didn't seem to match the warmth of your good wishes on our big day," the email reportedly reads. "In view of your own position, if you wanted to send any adjustment it would be thankfully received."
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"For someone who's not easily shocked I confess I'm utterly gobsmacked by this," the user wrote in the forum. "So as not to drip feed I'll mention that 'your own position' probably refers to a recent inheritance I've had, which maybe they expected something from (and this is an ex-colleague, remember, not a close friend or relative)," she said.
“Please, anyone, what do I do now? I've never come across anything like this before and still can't quite believe they've done it - but since they have, should I reply, ring them, ignore it or what??” the woman added.
She explained she has responded asking if the email was “some sort of mistake,” yet has not heard back from the bride.
Meanwhile, others on the forum expressed their shock at such an email, calling the couple “ungrateful,” “rude” and “greedy.”
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“[From] ex-colleague to ex-friend in one easy move ... Simple. [It] is very rude, unreasonable ... and even if you had given them a fiver they should be grateful,” said user Rosa.
Yet perhaps dissatisfaction with wedding gifts is more common than people like to admit.
According to research by One4all, 82 percent of newlyweds sell their gifts on eBay, the Daily Mail reports.
Meanwhile, wedding stationery specialists Paper Themes revealed one in five couples do not even send thank you cards to their wedding guests.