A woman recently asked for advice about a visit to her boyfriend’s parents. The parents had asked for the woman to pay for the dinner they’d cooked, but was she wrong to bail on them? Here’s what she had to say:
The Woman Was Excited To Meet Her Boyfriend’s Parents
“My boyfriend and I went to see his parents for the first time this weekend. It’s Canadian Thanksgiving. We were supposed to stay Saturday, Sunday, and fly back on Monday afternoon.”
Nothing Seemed Wrong At First
The woman and her boyfriend met his parents at the airport. The woman wanted to get off on the right foot with her future in-laws, but she immediately started to have second thoughts about the trip.
The Parents Challenged The Woman
The woman had expected to spend a few days relaxing with her boyfriend’s parents. However, this was not to be. As soon as they got home, the parents demanded to know if the woman was carrying any drugs in her bag. She told them she only carried Tylenol.
The Woman And Her Boyfriend Had To Sleep In Separate Rooms
The woman was surprised to find that she wasn’t allowed to share a bedroom with her boyfriend. Because they were both adults, she’d assumed that the parents would trust them to be alone together. Instead, she had to take the guest room.
Things Got Stranger And Stranger
Although the woman’s first encounter with her boyfriend’s parents had been a little rocky, she was looking forward to smoothing over the cracks during dinner. Little did she know that dinner was going to prove to be the most controversial part of her trip.
Dinner Came With Hidden Costs
“His parents were serving dinner, and during dinner I was asked to pay for my portion of the Thanksgiving dinner ($30). I was pretty shocked and angry, because who does that? I’ve never been asked to pay for someone’s ingredient fees while a guest at their place.”
The Boyfriend Defended His Parents
The woman refused to pay. When she challenged her boyfriend about the arrangement, he acted like it was perfectly normal. His parents always asked guests to pay for their food. Didn’t everyone live that way?
The Woman Didn’t Buy It
The woman pointed out that her boyfriend had never paid for his food at her parents’ house. He said that her parents had never asked him to, but that he would have done if they had. The boyfriend’s mom arrived, ending the conversation. She chaperoned the woman back to her own room.
The Woman Reached Her Breaking Point
The woman couldn’t face the prospect of spending the whole weekend in the madhouse. She rearranged her return flight with the intention of leaving in the morning. Her boyfriend grew angry at her, saying that his parents would like her even less if she left. But she wasn’t going to tolerate the situation.
Did The Woman Go Too Far?
The woman took the first flight out and was back in her own bed by the same evening. When she asked her friends for advice, they confirmed that the boyfriend’s parents had acted strangely. But should she have found a better solution than just running away?
People Responded To The Woman
One person had this to say: “Why didn’t he warn you? And what was the drugs question? Why didn’t he pay for you? So many questions.”
Others also supported the woman’s actions. “It’s pretty offensive to ask someone staying in your house to pay for Thanksgiving dinner. Very unusual,” said one person. “Your boyfriend could easily have said, hey, my parents are weird.”
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