Saturday, June 23, 2007

Birthday party?!

See me see trouble o, is it now a crime to be invited to a birthday dinner. I didn't think so until I went for one this weekend and was asked to pay, I was in shock like what?!, so what would have happened if I wasn't holding any extra cash and I had only my cab fare? One guy was actually arguing, like this doesn't happen in my home country and he was not paying a dime, you asked us to celebrate your birthday with you, why didn't you say we were meant to pay our way. He insisted he would have gladly stayed in his house and boiled rice and fried chicken stew(his words not mine) and will not have bothered to come to pay 30 pounds for some tasteless food(which was not true). At this point I was struggling not to laugh; it was really annoying the guy and you could see he was having none of it. Me I said something to that effect briefly ,but shortly after just brought out the money, while mentally telling myself to always ask about things like this when invited to a "birthday party”. The celebrant didn't even bat an eyelid when she asked for the money, but the guy sef didn't move an inch with his stance, we all had to plead with him to pay at least half, which he later did. Lesson learnt -there is no free dinner in the UK!

This reminded me of the time my friend took us to double 4 for her birthday, we had enjoyed ourselves, made a lot of noise, the usual teenage shenanigans.O.k time to pay, and that’s how she started counting the money o, only for her to announce it wasn't enough. We looked at her like you must be joking, who will come and wash plate in double 4, we told her "my friend better count the money again o", can u imagine after doing butter throughout she now expects us to start relaying tales to the waiter. Thank God sha, the issue was that because the notes were new, some were sticking together; so after all no washing of plates.Phew!I can imagine how the gist would have spread round school then, it would have turned into Chinese whispers!

P.S.I ended up not going to the London eye, I saw the queue and I was not like there was no way I was going to be doing that. Maybe next time I would get there early and not stroll there at 3.45.Those people are making money o, at 14.50pounds and they still have that kind of long queue.

Random post-According to julius agwu this is chamillionaire's dad

31 comments:

~Mimi~ said...

lol babe so u ended up not going? eya!

chicala said...

hehehe, this london pple and their parys sef. Nothing is for free o, imagine. Oh well i'm used to it now abi wetin we go kon do? lawl.

lawl @ ur random post.....its weeeel random. Chami's daddy ko chami's mumy ni. Julius agwu is not serious o, he was even trying to form some fone.

ki lon pops?(whatsup), lawl. hav a gd wknd.

classybabe said...

@Mimi,yes o,can u imagine
@Chicala,who knows if it's the truth sef.Have a good weekend too

Snuffleupagus said...

??? I can't believe what I have just read. I can't believe she had the nerve. The young man who refused to pay was quite right. And I am sad to hear he ended up paying half. And she didn't even warn you before! I mean, who is this woman?? She is clearly no friend of yours. She is clearly no one's friend. I just can't believe it. I'm in shock. How can she show her face? You seem to be taking it all very well. I would have been like that guy. Good food or bad food, asking for money is just bad manners (unless it is an official party with invites that state there will be a charged entry). You can tell her from me, I'm glad I'm not on her list of invites!

chidi said...

ok the celebrant must be cheap. since she invited people for her bday, why not pay??? the point of a party is free food & drinks

classybabe said...

@Snuffleupagus,lol.it seems the others were used to it,becos only 2 of us really said something.
@chidi,cheap is not even the word for it sef

Ubong Da said...

hahahaha u no know say oyibo na ijebu. i remember some british consultants who were on the same project with me. na so we dey take them out clubbing, eating etc, u know how hospitable we naijas are. we paid all the bills afterall they were our guest.

After a while we had to go work in london. The guys took us out for lunch one day, when the bill came come see america wonder na so dem begin calculate wetin each person eat begin pay their own part come talk say our share na x amount. I couldn't believe my ears o! the people harsh no be small.

Pink-satin said...

yes o,i have hrd abt paying for birthday parties..my friend invited me to her bday party in london somewhere in west end(or how do u jand pple call it) ...wen i was going my cousin told me u better take enuff money o cos they maight tell u to pay..i was like WTF!i went sa but thank God i didnt have to pay sa!na wa.. na u invite us come baiday and then u want us to pay...that is crap..on top that i may have bought u a gift!if na me i go tell d babe sey "u no try at all o"

Anu boy said...

oh yeah... so i heard sha... lol.. nrxt time i am in the UK and someone invites me out for dinner, i will take money ohh... its all good

SET said...

lol, thats crazy.

Nyemoni said...

sorry about the hayfever girl... hope you're much better now? Julius is crazy o! Chamillionaire's dad ko! Na wah for the dinner host sha... she should have told everyone beforehand that you were going dutch now? lol at the guy who would have stayed home to eat "boiled rice and fried chicken stew" Hehehe!

יש (Yosh) said...

Now that sucks! I mean, if you weren't ready for the whole expenses, why bring it up in the first place? I'd rather give a gift voluntarily than have it coerced out of me while I'm trying to save face. Ho hum, I go just MIA if i was there...

The Last King Of Scotland said...

thats how it is in J town o. we have adapted the oyinbo philosophy. personally i see it like this. restaurant bdays, guests pay, home get together, host pays.....in the UK

9ja Opeke said...

ClassyBabe...I no see ur brake lite since? How hv u been?
>>>
dis ur post made me laf...if u had cum to ma own party u no fo pay a dime...wit' even extra to take home...U nefer even bring d champagne cum???...LAWL!

classybabe said...

@Ubong-da-lol.can u imagine,no tit for tat
@pink satin,i did o,but the babe no send
@Nyemoni.Thanks,yeah it is.
@Yosh,lol.i was actually thinking of that but i just fashied
@TLK,yeah that's what many pple do,but i still pay when i take my friends to a restaurant 4 my birthday party
@9ja opeke,i've been cool,i know u've been busy now so the party has been postponed,there will be lots of champagne at the blogville idol finale

Adeolu said...

Oops........I guess the first thing I learnt about the western world is that you have to pick the tabs(your bill) yourself. Whether you were invited, you were the one that invited people, you were pressured/cajoled/ begged to come for a party or bar, dinner, sixflags anything at all you are always responsible for your own bills.
But for you I guess you are really "classy" if you still pay for all your friends when you take them out, cos as for me I am now caught up in the system.

yankeenaijachick said...

It must to really suck, you can't even compare it to motherland Africa where guys take control of the whole bills. Gosh, l can imagine. You were lucky you had some money. Some girlfriend of mine went out to eat with some guy and he still wanted her to pay half. Sucks right.

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The Last King Of Scotland said...

its great u do. we need more peeps like u in jand,send me an invite to ur next buffday do.lol

classybabe said...

@Adeolu,i don't think one should go dutch for birthdays,maybe that's just me sha
@Yankeenaijachick,i can't imagine a guy telling me i have to pay,when i didn't tell him i was taking him out.
@TLK,lol.for sure u will be invited

2ndCorin5:17 said...

Re: the video... eyah, his pops said 2 please make it PRIVATE!!! lol, eyah...

Confused Naija Girl said...

FUNNY! Sorry oh! was she Nigerian? that is my greatest faer to go somewhere and have no money to pay thats why I always have extra money on me.

...toyintomato said...

lmao..paying 2 party, this is the first i have heard of this..lol, london pips and the different avenues for makin money.
anyway thx for stoping by

Manda said...

Gurl i support the guy jare, how will i pay a whole 30pounds for someone's bday! if it's voluntary contribution, i will understand but to byforce me to pay! na wa! too many things happen out there o!


Meanwhile, my birthday is in 2 months tyme and the gate fee is 15,000Naira (no postdated cheques plz)lol

princess said...

lol@manda,15k?!?! Abeg no invite me o!
Which one be dis paying for birthday party eh classybabe?? Abi which kain cake and drink them want serve there??
Na wa to that guy o! E complain finish and i was expecting him to just turn and leave for home to chop his rice and stewbut he still went ahead to pay half. he desperately wanted to eat the wonder cake o(lol).

classybabe said...

@CNG,she is by birth only o,doubt if she knows where naija is
@Manda,I can only pay by cheque o,lol
@Princess,we were the ones that begged the boy to at least pay half

chicala said...

ok UPDATE for the kingdom of God is nigh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lol.

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azuka said...

Such tightfistedness...

I thought the usual was to seize shoes, not ask to wash plates? But then, I'm not a Londoner so I wouldn't know...

classybabe said...

@Chicala,lol.i will this weekend.
@Uzo,that washing plates one was for naija

Cheetarah said...

lol@julius agu abeg make them rest,lol! My dear na so jand be o! Na so we see am accept am,lol