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Chicago couple who sent ‘no call, no show’ wedding guests a $ 240 bill said some apologized

Newlyweds Doug and Dedra Simmons from Chicago. Their $ 240 bill went viral on social media last week. Courtesy of Doug Simmons / Nicky Watkins

  • Chicago honeymooners who posted a bill for $ 240 said some of their guests who had RSVP apologized after not showing up.

  • It comes after groom Doug Simmons shared the viral photo of the bill online last week.

  • Simmons told Insider they never sent the invoice.

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The Chicago couple who sent a bill for $ 240 to guests who did not show up to their wedding said they received an apology, saying it was a “good time to learn.”

Doug and Dedra Simmons celebrated their dream destination wedding at the Royalton Resort in Negril, Jamaica this month. Simmons told Insider that 109 guests attended, but eight people did not show up – who he said confirmed attendance from last November through August 1. He noted that they had paid for the tropical wedding in advance.

The couple were not told in advance that the guests would not be coming, and when they returned to the United States, Simmons said no one had contacted them.

“When we got back they didn’t say anything,” Simmons told Insider on Monday. “And I feel like it was a real problem because we would have understood if they had told us they couldn’t come. It wouldn’t have been a problem. But no call, no presentation… that was a problem. “

And it was then that he posted the viral bill on his Facebook last Monday, August 23, which sparked a frenzied and heated debate online.

“Don’t be offended when I sent you this #invoice,” Simmons wrote. “It’ll look something like this. It’ll look something like this. I’ll send it by email and certified mail… just in case you don’t get the #PettyPost email.”

Chicago couple who sent ‘no call, no show’ wedding guests a $ 240 bill said some apologized

A photo of the $ 240 bill posted by Doug Simmons. He told Insider he didn’t actually send the invoice. Courtesy of Doug Simmons

Simmons said he joked a lot on his Facebook page and told Insider he never sent the bill. However, he began to receive apologetic explanations from some of the missing guests after they felt bad after seeing his post.

“It was just me who was a little petty and I just had a learning moment at the same time. I never had to send it because just them [the missing guests] Seeing it alone on Facebook has caused guilt, “he continued.” You don’t always have to do things for people, but the fact that you broadcast it and they have it Seen, that’s when they came running up and said, “Hey, you know, I’m sorry. ‘”

Simmons added that some guests even offered to cover the costs, but he declined.

“We said, ‘Hey, you’re okay. May this serve as a lesson to you. Please don’t do this to anyone else because we understand that things do happen, but it’s just not right at the end of the day to do someone like this, especially someone. one that you call a friend or that you call family. ‘”

According to Simmons, the couple have received hundreds of messages online from people who agree with their post.

He added: “Over the past three or four days, I have received hundreds and hundreds of comments and inbox messages thanking us. A lot of people have been stiff when it comes to their wedding. and their birthday parties. don’t show. It’s very inconsiderate and it’s not right. “

Read the original article on Insider