A 26-year-old woman received an invitation from her friend to attend a Thanksgiving party at another friend’s house. However, the woman did not know the hosts well at all, and this would prove to raise a problem that she could never have anticipated.
The Tradition of Bringing a Gift
The woman was aware that bringing something to contribute was customary when attending parties. She decided that her contribution would be a bottle of wine.
Her Wine Choice
Considering that she did not know the hosts well, the woman was unsure what their wine preference was. Eventually, she decided on a $25 bottle, assuming that it was a sufficiently fancy contribution.
A Surprise Revelation
Upon her arrival at the party, several people confronted her about her choice of wine. They were surprised and questioned why she would bring such “cheap” wine when the host’s parents owned a vineyard. This information had not been shared with her beforehand.
An Unexpected Reaction
Even the host himself expressed surprise and suggested that bringing the wine was silly. The woman’s friend, who had invited her, admitted that the wine would likely go untouched and eventually be discarded. This revelation left the woman feeling embarrassed and perplexed.
The Unopened Bottle
Despite the awkwardness, the woman placed the bottle of wine on the table with the other drinks. Throughout the evening, no one opened or consumed it. It remained untouched.
End of the Evening Decision
As the night drew to a close and it was time to leave, the woman decided to take the unopened bottle of wine with her. She recognized that this was unconventional, but felt that the decision was justified.
The woman defended her decision: “I know this would be considered rude at a normal party, but because multiple people had berated me over my wine choice, I decided not to let it go to waste as for me, a $25 bottle is quite expensive”.
The next day, the woman’s friend expressed that she did not appreciate this move. “She told me that she was going to another party and if she invited me I had to promise not to embarrass her by ‘bringing cheap wine and then taking it home at the end’”, the woman recalled. “She said it was a rude move and even if I knew no one would drink it I should have left it.”
The woman could see both sides of the argument. On one hand, she recognized that taking the wine home would traditionally be considered as rude. However, she felt underappreciated considering the beratement she received, and $25 for a bottle of wine was not a cheap purchase for her.
Seeking Reddit’s Verdict
The woman did not feel like she had really done anything wrong, so she headed online to vent her frustration. She was relieved to discover that her favorite online community had her back. “Everyone criticizing you for bringing the wine was in the wrong”, someone reassured. “Calling it cheap was rude. And your ‘friend’ and her comment about the party was really quite rude.”
Her Friend’s Fault
Everyone agreed that the predicament only arose due to the woman’s friend’s lack of communication. “Any embarrassment your friend felt was a result of them not telling you about the host’s situation and expectations”, another commenter responded. “You were well within your rights to enjoy the bottle of wine you brought after you were humiliated over it.”
The community was united in their belief that the host and fellow guests had been incredibly ungrateful. “If I brought a gift and everyone just made fun of me for bringing it, I certainly would have taken it back”, empathized one such commenter.
$25 is Expensive
Many people also chimed in to agree with the woman that a $25 bottle of wine was not cheap at all. “As someone who splurges by sometimes purchasing the $5.99 bottle of wine rather than the usual $3.99 bottle, the concept of a $25 bottle being beneath contempt frankly boggles the mind”, laughed one reader. “Enjoy the wine!”
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