A bride started a war of words after two guests bought her a "cheap and embarrassing" gift consisting of candy in a basket.
Kathy Mason, from Hamilton, Ontario, and her boyfriend, created a food hamper for the same-sex couple. It was full of treats including pasta, olive oil, crutons, biscuits, Marshmallow Fluff and Sour Patch Kids.
A card attached to the basket read, "Enjoy…life is delicious."
But the couple was not impressed by the basket, and contacted Mason the next day via text to ask if they had the receipt.
Mason was offended by the text, and decided she would make the exchange public through The Hamilton Spectator. She believed the gift was "thoughtful and not out of place."
At one point, the brides revealed that it cost $200 to have Mason and her boyfriend attend their wedding.
They said they booked a lakeside venue with catering that cost a total of $34,000. Because Mason only gave her a gift that cost $30, the bride thought she was being disrespectful.
"You ate steak, chicken, booze at a beautiful venue…if anything you should be embarrassed for being so cheap and embarrassing," she said.
The message exchange has since received many comments, mostly by people who agree with the bride.
One wrote, "As a person who has been invited to numerous weddings [and] a firm believer of the saying 'do unto others,' I am always sensitive when it comes to giving a gift."
"If I knew the couple is spending $100/plate, I make sure to give $250 or more not only to cover my and my fiancees dinner but to give the newlyweds a gift as well. I am getting married in September and would be furious if this happened to me."
Reader Victoria agreed, saying, "I have never received a hamper as a gift, again I'm European and we are bred to be very generous."
"Gift baskets are appropriate for showers, birthdays…etc. But in my culture anything less than a $100 per person monetary gift is insulting. I have Greek, Portuguese and other European friends who wholeheartedly agree."
When the married couple spoke to The Hamilton Spectator, they said their argument was likely sparked by cultural differences.
"I don't know what day or century they're living in," one said.