Missed Meal: Is it OK for a host to ask for a reimbursement for a meal?

Q: If I cannot attend a reception after I RSVP, is it OK for the host to ask for reimbursement for the meal?

 

A: No, that is one of the costs the host has to absorb, but this is presuming that you were courteous and immediately notified him or her when you found you could not attend, and that this was an invitation, not a group event that you agreed to.  If you had agreed to “chip in” as part of a group then you would still be liable for your costs, even if you couldn’t attend, if it was past the deadline to withdraw.

 

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