Internet Backs Furious Mom Demanding Refund After Friends Were Late to Event

A woman has taken to Mumsnet to share how her family was stood up by another family for a Christmas night out, and the internet has rallied around her in support.

In the post, which was shared to the parenting forum by an account called 0ver1inker, the woman detailed that a couple had invited her and her husband for a Christmas light walk last Sunday evening—but their actions left her "furious and upset".

The mom had brought along her two children, aged 4 and 2, and their friends were set to bring their 8-month-old baby.

She revealed that the event was "around 1 hour 15 from where we live" and started at 4:30 pm.

In order to purchase tickets, the woman had transferred her friend £63, which equates to $83, but when they arrived on time the other family were nowhere to be seen.

She explained that they messaged the couple to "say we are here will wait in car so we can all go in together as you have tickets."

The pair eventually responded to say they were running late, but when they still hadn't turned up the woman and her husband asked for them to send the e-tickets so they could enter, but they did not.

"They arrive 5:15. None of us allowed in as we have missed our slot," she typed.

"We are raging, kids are crying we all take the bloody long journey home having to get a Maccies to cheer kids up. We message asking for the money back, they say it's 'just one of those things, ridiculous they wouldn't let us in.'"

The woman then ended her post by asking whether or not she was being unreasonable to demand a refund again "firmly," and explained: "They're good friends but I am raging."

The post has gained lots of traction online since it was shared on November 26, having attracted nearly 450 comments, with many people agreeing that the woman had a right to be angry.

Christmas is an expensive time of year for families and according to the National Retail Federation (NRF) Holiday and Seasonal Trends survey shoppers in the U.S. are expected to spend an average of $998 on holiday gifts and expenses.

One Mumsnet user, Beamur, wrote: "They should have sent you the tickets so you could go in without them."

Another person, LolaSmiles, agreed, adding: "YANBU [you are not being unreasonable] as they caused you to miss something you'd paid for. With 2 people in the car, one of them could have sent you the tickets."

StormyCornishSeas typed: "I would be soooo pissed off. I'm getting riled just reading that."

LettertoHermoine shared: "I would be FREAKED!!!!!! £62 f*****g quid because they couldn't get there on time and wouldn't send you the tickets?? Definitely ask them again for your money back."

However, some people felt that the woman should tread carefully if she wanted to preserve the friendship, with SometimesMaybe explaining: "I would not be happy at all but would try to put it behind me if they were good friends and not book any time sensitive things with them in future!"

Iamthemaid opined: "I think you may end not being friends if you pursue this, although you are totally in the right!!

ThinWomansBrain asked: "Did they give an explanation for being so late? Agree, they should refund you - but is it something you'd risk losing friendship over?"

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A stock image of a woman tapping her watch. On Mumsnet a woman has received support after sharing her story of her friends having stood her family up for a Christmas night out. iStock