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Pass the Potatoes -- And a Cheque for $100, Please!

By Kate Musgrove

A few weeks ago, Slate columnist Emily Yoffe received a question (it's the second one on the page) stating that the reader had been invited over to her brother and sister-in-law's house for Thanksgiving dinner and she, along with the rest of the family, had brought side dishes, wine, desserts and other items to help fill out the meal. But when the day came to a close, the hostess asked for a cheque to cover the costs of hosting the dinner -- a whopping $100 per couple! I thought for certain this sister-in-law was one of a kind, but a similar question appeared in this week's Moneyville -- although in this question, the hostess is asking for a mere $30 a person.

To me, this behaviour is impolite. Having a potluck dinner is one thing, but having a potluck dinner and charging people is pretty much inexcusable. Especially if you don't ask them until after the meal is over! What do you think?

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