Hey, that’s No Way to Say “Hello”

Posted on | June 8, 2014 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
I recently sent out invitations for a dinner party that I was planning and I just didn’t feel like getting into the hassle of everybody’s ridiculous dietary restrictions these days. So I included a note listing what I was planning to serve and at the bottom of the note I put, “If your diet prohibits you from eating these items, please don’t hesitate to decline.” Most people accepted but a few wrote back with very nasty notes basically telling me that I shouldn’t be having a dinner party if I couldn’t accommodate everybody’s “special” needs. Was I right? Or was I being a rude host?

Dear JG:
Yes, rude. Sounds very unwelcoming.


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