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Parents outraged as mom charges kids R280 to attend daughter’s birthday party

Throwing a birthday party for your child can be a costly affair. One mom in the US decided she’s going to recoup some of the money it’s costing her, by charging the kids attending the party, the equivalent of about R280.

It all proved to be too much for a close friend of the mother. She took to writing in to the Boston Globe’s agony aunt saying “I have a close friend who I adore. She is lovely and kind and a truly wonderful person but every year, she charges people to come to her daughter’s birthday party. If it is at a venue, the e-mail will say something along the lines of ‘please bring $20 to cover the cost of your child’.

“If it is at her home, there will be an envelope or basket asking for ‘donations’.”

She added: “They’re not poor. People talk about it behind her back. Should I say something?”

The response she got was in the affirmative. “Yes, oh yes. Don’t tell her people are talking about her behind her back or say ‘we all feel that way’ – that kind of thing only makes people paranoid, but yes, speak up before her poor daughter has to, since sooner or later the girl will realise what her mother is up to and be humiliated,” said Robin Abrahams, the writer behind Miss Conduct (the agony aunt column in the Boston Globe).

We’re curious as to whether she has ever done the same thing to her dinner guests.