A Minnesota woman was surprised and upset when she received a dinner bill after canceling on her friend's wedding at the last minute.
Jessica Baker said she was getting ready to go to a wedding with her husband when she got a call from her mother, who was going to watch her children. Her mother said that something came up and she wouldn't be able to make it. Because the wedding invitation said no children, Baker and her husband were forced to cancel at the last minute.
A couple of weeks later, Baker got a bill for the meals they would have eaten at the wedding -- allegedly worth $75.90.
"You've got to be kidding me," Baker told KARE 11. "It listed we would have had two herb crusted walleye, and there was also a service and tax charge."
There was also a note attached to the bill, "This cost reflects the amount paid by the bride and groom for meals that were RSVPed for, reimbursement and explanation for no show, card, call or text would be appreciated."
Baker said she will not be paying the bill and she has yet to send the couple a gift.
"I guess I don't know what the right answer would have been, what the right thing to do would have been," Baker said.
Sarah Baumann Rogers, editor of "Minnesota Bride" magazine, commented on the issue, calling it a "wild story."
"Under no circumstances should you choose to follow up after the fact … kind of questioning why they couldn't attend or much less sending a bill," she told KARE 11.
She added that couples should generally prepare for about a 10 percent overage or underage when planning a large wedding.
Baker has not named the couple or revealed her relationship to them.