After being treated like an unpaid servant by her former roommate’s wealthy family during a vacation, Emily decides to make the most of her unexpected solo trip despite her hurt feelings. Here is what she had to say:
She Was Third Choice
Emily was a college student who had been invited on a vacation by her former roommate Meg, whose family was very wealthy. Emily was Meg’s third choice, as her family had vetoed the first two options. They didn’t want her bringing a boy or another female friend who they disliked.
She Was Grateful
Meg’s parents bought Emily’s plane ticket and booked the resort, which Emily was very grateful for. She had saved up a lot of money to make sure she could buy her own food and activities while there and even treat Meg’s family to a dinner as a thank you for the ticket.
Things Quickly Changed
But when the trip started, things quickly turned sour. Emily found herself on vacation with Meg, her mother, father, two of his friends, and her three brothers. On the flight, they all got first-class seats, while Emily was given an economy seat. Emily didn’t argue because she was grateful for the free ticket.
They Asked Her to Cook
However, the first night they went to a grocery store, and it turned out they wanted to cook at the resort kitchen for the whole trip. Emily soon found out that they wanted her and Meg to do all the cooking. Emily wasn’t warned about this, but it turned out that Meg’s family saw cooking as a woman’s job, and her mom had just had hand surgery.
She Didn’t Know How
So it was Emily and Meg cooking every meal for six men and her mom. Emily couldn’t cook well, and she knew only a couple of staple meals to feed herself. Since she rarely ate meat, she didn’t know how to cook it. She was also okay at cooking for one or two people, but she had no practice cooking for a group of nine.
The Dad Was Angry
Emily screwed up the cooking, undercooking chicken and overcooking some steak. Meg’s dad was angry with her, and Emily got short with him, telling him that if he knew how to do better, he could pitch in instead of standing around criticizing.
But he got furious and said he was on his vacation. Emily replied that she was trying to have a vacation too, or did they invite her to be an unpaid domestic servant? Meg’s parents and dad’s friends got angry, and they started yelling at Emily. The argument escalated, and Emily sarcastically called herself “the help”. Meg’s dad snapped at her and told her to get out of their suite and go home. He didn’t say anything about how he expected her to do that.
Feeling humiliated and angry, Emily left and called the airline with her ticket to ask if they could do anything to prevent anyone else from modifying or cancelling it. They let her set a passcode, and no changes could be made to the flight without it.
She Got Another Room
Emily then went to the resort desk to ask about rooms, saying she was stranded unexpectedly. They had some affordable rooms available because of a weekday discount, so Emily got housing and still had money left over for touristy stuff.
Emily went sightseeing and relaxed on the beach for three days, trying to forget about what had happened. However, Meg’s parents ran into her while they were taking a sunset walk and did a double take seeing her on the beach. They said they thought she was going home, and Emily replied that she decided to stay.
They Remained Angry
Meg’s parents were angry and they considered Emily staying and using the return flight as her having deceived them into thinking she couldn’t afford a vacation and that she had used them for flights when she could actually afford things herself.
Straight to the Internet
Feeling frustrated and hurt Emily decided the best thing she could do would be to ask a popular internet forum for advice. Here are their responses.
The Internet Responds
One person says, “Yeah, I don’t know what to feel about her friend right now. I feel kind of bad for her if she is stuck cooking 3 meals a day for 8 people alone now that Emily has left. Despite them all being loaded enough to go eat out all the time. But I also feel kind of upset with her because if you know your family sees cooking as women’s work only and you’re inviting a woman to holiday with your family… It’s not that hard to say “Just so you know, part of this trip will be cooking 3 meals a day for a group of 9, I know it’s old fashioned but it’s what my family expects of women” and give me a chance to say “ok thanks for the invite but no thanks”.”
Another person writes, “Meg wasn’t honest with you that you were expected to work for free – it wasn’t a holiday. They were just flying out free staff. You did great. Protecting your ticket and organizing rooms. Also – what was with their comment. They thought you were poor…?! That meant they thought they could treat you like dirt?”
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