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He Willingly Accepted an Invitation to His Friends’ BBQ, but Little Did He Know They Expected Him to Be the Chef and Cater the Event.

In this intriguing saga, the Original Poster (OP) navigates the complex world of social expectations and personal boundaries sparked by a series of BBQ invitations from a close friend, Lexie. Unfolding across repeated events, OP grapples with the assumption that he and his fiancé should provide all the food for these gatherings, leading to tension, confrontations, and an explosive peak when OP finally refuses to foot the bill. Yet, as the story hurtles towards a resolution, the friendship, and the future of these BBQs, hang in the balance.

The Unspoken Expectation

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OP and his fiancé are invited to a BBQ hosted by their friend, Lexie. On their first visit, they bring food, assuming it’s a potluck, only to realize that they’re the only ones who have brought anything. It’s become evident that Lexie expected them to supply all the food as part of their contribution.

A Repeat Offence

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A second invitation unfolds similarly, with OP once again bringing food. This time, he brings less, given that they had just returned from lunch. The disappointed looks from Lexie and her family suggest they had hoped for a similar spread as before.

An Overstep Too Far

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For the third BBQ, OP takes a stand, refusing to bring any food. The atmosphere takes a nosedive when Lexie and her family discover he hasn’t brought any food. Lexie suggests a trip to the store to get some burgers and hot dogs, but it’s clear the expectation is still on OP to provide.

The Supermarket Standoff

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At the supermarket, Lexie fills the basket with expensive meats, rolls, and snacks. While going through the aisles, OP contemplates if he will be expected to foot the entire bill. He also considers if he should offer ‘to split it’ when the moment arises. When they reach the cashier, she looks at OP to pay, taking his generosity for granted.

The Cashier

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In a twist of defiance, once at the cashier, OP refuses to foot the bill for the BBQ supplies. OP notes the total is over $125 for all the food and supplies. He feels he’s being taken advantage of and doesn’t even offer to pay back or split any of the food.

The Awkward Journey Home

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The car ride back to Lexie’s house is palpably awkward after the supermarket standoff. Tension fills the air, casting a cloud over the would-be festive BBQ gathering. It’s clear that OP’s refusal has caused a rift in the dynamics.

The Quick Exit

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Once they reach Lexie’s house, OP and his fiancé briefly chat and. make an immediate decision to leave, not sticking around for the BBQ. This unexpected move surprises Lexie and her family. This decision signifies a new development in the strained relationship.

An Unexpected Backlash

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News of the BBQ fallout quickly circulates within their circle of friends. Accusations and rumors are spread, casting OP in a negative light. This unforeseen backlash adds another twist to the story, as OP is wondering if they are misreading standard etiquette.

The Fiancé’s Doubt

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OP’s fiancé starts to question whether they were too hasty in their decision to leave the BBQ. Although she agrees with OP’s principles, she wonders if they could have handled the situation differently. Her doubt brings tension between the couple.

A Test of Friendship

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The relationship between OP, his fiancé, and Lexie remains shaky. They are uncertain whether to accept future invitations from Lexie and her family. This tests their friendship and forces them to consider its future. OP’s fiancé suggests they just make up excuses for the time being and say they are busy with any future engagements or events.

A Necessary Confrontation

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OP, on the other hand, wonder if he should confront Lexie directly about the repeated expectation of them providing the BBQ food. He expresses his frustrations and makes it clear that they feel taken advantage of. OP wants to air the situation and move forward, one way or the other.

The Unexpected Resolution

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While tensions are high and OP and his partner don’t necessarily agree on the best move forward, OP notes that there have been no recent invitations over to Lexie’s house since the past altercation.

The Final Though

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OP wonders if the situation may resolve itself and if the end of their generosity may play the end of the BBQ invites forever. If the situation arises, he reaches out to a popular online forum to get advice from others on the standstill and wonders if there are social norms he is not accounting for.

Was The Man’s Behavior Appropriate?

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The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responded

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One reader said, “Who hosts a BBQ and expects someone else to provide the actual meat? Asking someone to bring drinks or a side dish is perfectly acceptable. Expecting someone to bring literally everything is messed up.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote: “This isn’t normal at all. When I have BBQs, I don’t tell people to bring anything. I know some people will bring things like potato salads or a veggie tray, but that’s about it.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person states, “Wow, I’m literally blown away at the audacity of your so-called friends. I’ve been asked to bring things to a cookout before but NEVER been asked to supply the whole meal.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another viewpoint on the story: “Fool you once, shame on them. Fool you twice, Lexie s****, but by the third invite, you need to be a grown-up and tell them you can’t/won’t provide all of the food for the entire party.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a Reddit thread.

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