You know we’ve reached some sort of peak - or perhaps nadir - when Mumsnet has wriggled its way into this community.
Many of you - as well as responders on Mumsnet - have expressed revulsion at the reaction of the parents in law, or made a point about their choice to take a risk. For clarity, I agree with all of you:
- It was their risk to take
- What kind of idiot has a £156 glass (obviously some unspeakably vulgar “special edition”, or possibly Bohemian crystal - we know it’s not a rare antique because they sent a link)
- Don’t they know the best glasses (Riedel, Zalto etc.) cost a lot less, and are almost certainly way better than a pretentious £156 one?
- Don’t they know that you can get great ones in IKEA or Habitat?
- How dare they make the parents of their new grandchild feel so embarrassed?
- Have they no sensitivity for the clearly visible wealth gap between them that they would exploit it further?
They’re obviously the sort of people who think that rich people fully deserve their wealth, that by extension, poor people are the architects of their misfortune, and that the value of something is its cost, and nothing else. Charming people, in other words.
So we’re in agreement.
But no one has quite offered a solution. What would a solution look like? There are broadly three options:
- Pay up
- Refuse to pay
- Offer some kind of creative compromise (feel free to come over to ours and smash one of our glasses - ah, do you feel better now?)
I can think of endlessly labyrinthine ramifications to each of these. Would any of you care to explore them? I suspect that they all possess comic potential.