It was a simple accident; a single dropped wine glass. But it could cost one British woman $280 and a smooth relationship with her in-laws.
According to her post on the forum Mumsnet, here’s how it went down.
“Went to [my parents-in-law’s] home last weekend, had a glass of wine and I accidentally dropped it. No big deal, they shrugged it off,” she wrote.
Well, not entirely. It turns out the glass wasn’t any old Ikea goblet. It was a high-end piece worth £156 (roughly AU$280); a cost her partner’s folks weren’t prepared to bear.
How do you tell your in-laws to stop interfering with your child’s diet? (Post continues.)
Several days later, the woman opened her emails to find a note from her father-in-law requesting that she transfer funds to cover the replacement of the glass or purchase a new one.
“He even attached a link and included their address, should I not know it by now,” she wrote.
“At first I thought it was a joke, only to realise that these people have no sense of humour, so they obviously must be expect me to pay them ASAP.”
The woman, who is five months pregnant with her first child, explained that she has been with her partner for four years gets on well with her in-laws. Plus, she added, they’re not short of quid.