Being a parent to an infant or young child, especially if you’re new to it, can be challenging, so getting a little help is always good. But these seemingly high-strung parents took things to a whole new level with their ridiculously demanding invitation letter for their son’s first birthday.
“With [our child’s] birthday coming up, we thought we’d ask for four items that he will really get a lot of use out of in the coming months,” the letter reads.
In the invite, the parents demand a $63.99 water table from WalMart, a $19.99 play tent, a $14.99 play tunnel from Ikea, and a $7.99 Cheerios book, stipulating, “If you are unable to get these items, please let us know so we can buy them right away for him.”
It was also pointed out that a separate list was sent to other family members to “avoid duplication.” And if that wasn’t bad enough, they even requested that invitees who chose to get a gift that was not listed, include the receipt in case they wanted to return it.
“If you choose to get [our child] something that isn’t on this list, anytime regardless of birthdays or holidays, please be sure to always include a receipt going forward,” the letter stipulates.
“When we return items without receipts, we only get about 50% of the value, so it’s like throwing away money if you don’t include a receipt with the gifts,” came the explanation.
Posted on Reddit as the “Most demanding 1st birthday invite ever,” the invitation has been viewed over two million times and has garnered a lot of online backlash from people who find the letter condescending and downright rude.
One user stated, “Whoever wrote that has absolutely NO social skills.”
“Clearly they have no ability whatsoever to analyze their own actions and predict the reactions of others, whether spoken or unspoken,” another person commented.
Some also found the parents’ aversion to personalized gifts, perplexing – with one individual asking, “Personalized stuff increases your chances of being kidnapped? I’ve never heard of this. Is it because strangers know your name?”
The problem that most people seem to have with the letter, though, is not so much the requested gifts, but the entitled and demanding tone that comes along with it.
As one web user surmised, “no matter how nice that water table is, that kid is definitely gonna need therapy before college.”