Woman appalled as in-laws bill her $280 for a broken glass

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

A shocked mum-to-be has asked the internet for help after her father-in-law emailed her a $280 bill for a wine glass she accidentally broke.

The pregnant woman took to the parenting forum Mumsnet, where she asked others for advice on whether she should pay the hefty invoice or not.

It especially irked the woman that her in-laws are actually ‘very well off’ and that they included their postal address on the bill.

“Went to PIL’ (parents-in-law’s) home last weekend, had a glass of wine and I accidentally dropped it,” the mum wrote online.

“No big deal, they shrugged it off. I get on well with both FIL (father-in-law) and MIL (mother-in-law), have been with DH (darling husband) for 4 years now and we are having our first child in 4 months.”

A pregnant mum has been left in shock after her in-laws decided to charge her $280 for a broken wine glass. Photo: Getty Images

The woman went on to say that her in-laws are ‘well off…very well off’ and that she lives in a rental and is ‘definitely not as well off’.

“I didn’t know at the time, but said wine glass apparently happens to be pretty high end,” she said.

In fact, according to her father-in-law’s bill, the wine glasses cost $280 each.

“FIL has this morning sent me an e-mail saying that I can just transfer the $280 to him or buy the glass online. He even attached a link and included their address, should I not know it by now(!),” she said.

The woman went on to claim that she thought the whole thing was a joke but then she remembered her in-laws have no sense of humour so they obviously expect her to pay it.

She decided to gauge the internet’s reaction to the post first before telling her husband because his parents aren’t usually known for being ‘stingy’ and wondered if she should just buy a $35 glass from Amazon and send it to them.

Most people thought it was in ‘bad taste’ for the father-in-law to ask for the money and told the woman she should ask them for a cheaper glass the next time she’s in their house.

She said she wouldn’t be surprised if her mother-in-law knew nothing about the invoice and it was all her father-in-law’s doing. Photo: Getty Images

“Glasses often get broken, so you shouldn’t expect to get the cost of it reimbursed. And if you do expect reimbursement, you shouldn’t use stupidly expensive wine glasses for your guests,” one person said.

However, another person said it was ‘poor form’ for the woman not to offer to replace it in the first place.

The woman then said that she didn’t even considering offering to pay for it at the time because they ‘shrugged it off as nothing”.

“FIL is a bit of a snob in general but MIL is usually lovely so I wouldn’t be surprised if she had no idea about this e-mail,” she said.

“She calls me every day to ask how I am doing and if we need everything whereas this is the first time FIL has initiated contact with me through phone/e-mail.”

Others thought that the woman should just let her husband know about the email and get him to deal with his parents.


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