Woman Receives Bill After Missing Friend's Wedding

If you miss a wedding, should you really be forced to pay for the food you didn't eat?

That's the question facing Jessica Baker of Golden Valley, MN, after she reportedly received a bill from the bride and groom for being unable to attend the ceremony.

The fiasco arose a couple of weeks ago, when Baker's mother said she wouldn't be able to babysit her kids while she and her husband went to the wedding. As the invitation clearly stated that children weren't allowed, Baker and her husband were forced to skip the wedding altogether.

Fast forward to this week, when she checked her mail and allegedly found a bill for the two "herb crusted walleye" the couple would've eaten had they attended, as well as a service charge, making a grand total of $75.90. The bill also included a note: "This cost reflects the amount paid by the bride and groom for meals that were RSVP'd for, reimbursement and explanation for no show, card, call or text would be appreciated."

"I guess I don't know what the right answer would have been. What the right thing to do would have been," said Baker to KARE 11 News, in a far more calm and collected manner than many of us likely would've managed -- although she admittedly still isn't planning to pay the bill.

Granted, Baker probably should've contacted her friend and explained the no-show, but it seems a bit silly to retroactively charge someone for a thing they wouldn't have had to pay for in the first place.

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