Most of us have come across pushy, demanding parents at some point or another - but a person who knows the mom who sent this email clearly decided they'd had enough.
They posted a screenshot of the message on Reddit, after censoring names and identifying details, with the caption "Most demanding 1st birthday invite ever".
The email she sent out listed four presents she said they should buy her son, most of which are quite large and expensive.
She insisted that anyone daring to buy something not from the list includes a receipt, so she can return it.
The full text of the email reads as follows:
"With [retracted]'s birthday coming up, we thought we'd ask for 4 items that he will really get a lot of use out of in the coming months. I provided my mom and sister-in-law [retracted] with a list of 4 other items that [retracted] would like for his birthday so that they can buy from their list and avoid duplication.
"We're asking for gifts only from grandparents and the direct aunt/uncle for [retracted]'s birthday party, and similar to Christmas, would like to restrict it to 2 items total per household.
"[Retracted]'s birthday list for the [retracted] side of the family is:
- Water Table (specifically this unit because of how it drains): [html link to product]
- Play Tunnel [html link to product]
- Play Tent: [html link to product]
- Fill in the Missing Cheerios book: [html link to product]
"If you are unable to get these items, please let us know so we can buy them right away for him.
"A few other important items:
- If you choose to get [retracted] something that isn't on this list, anytime regardless of birthdays or holidays, please be sure to always include a receipt going forward. When we return items without receipts, we only get about 50% of the value, so it's like throwing away money if you don't include a receipt with the gifts. With formula costing us $80 a week, it is always nice to be able to return items that he doesn't need to get formula instead.
- We would suggest no more books beyond the one Cheerios cited above. Right now, [retracted] has 32 board books on his shelf, and 25 additional books waiting for him in storage once he is 3+ years of age. (And at this point, he hates when we try reading to him.)
- Please refrain from any personalized gifts that would be used outside of the house. Clothing with names is the #1 thing that leads to kidnapping*, so we don't need to broadcast [retracted]'s name on clothing or toys. ([Retracted] is getting a personalized gift from the [retracted]'s, but it will only be used inside the house.)
"Please let us know if you have any questions about any items not on this list that you are considering purchasing and we can let you know if we already have it or if it is in storage waiting for him.
"By the way, a formal invite from [retracted] will be arriving in your mailboxes soon...
"[Retracted] & [retracted]"