People Are Freaking Out Over Being Charged a Fee for Thanksgiving Dinner

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While Thanksgiving is a time to spend with your loved ones, anyone who has ever hosted the dinner knows that it's a lot of work. There's shopping involved (not to mention, the heavy-lifting of all those groceries), as well as hours of prepping and cooking before the feast is finally complete. So, it's no wonder why the Internet is up in arms over the debate of charging your family members a fee for Thanksgiving dinner.

  • Some folks on Twitter, like @beetaylora, were sharing that they pay a fee for their seat and plate at the Thanksgiving table.

    "Plus if you pay $30 for a plate then you are insuring that you're actually going to show up and food isn't being wasted," @beetaylora continued.

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  • Other people said how they pay not $30, but $40 for their Thanksgiving plate.

  • Obviously, some folks were alarmed at the fee, saying that Thanksgiving is all about the fam time.

    "Damn, she ain't cooking out of the kindness of her heart?" Someone else tweeted.

  • Those who like the finer things in life joked about paying more for a VIP section.

    I'd rather be at the VIP section at Thanksgiving over the club any day. 

  • The Thanksgiving fee might also create new incentives to invite S.O.'s over for dinner.

  • But one person asked the very important question about there being an additional fee for seconds.

    If so, we might have to hit the ATM on our way to dinner.

  • Some people argued that bringing a different dish potluck-style cancels out the fee.

    "Exactly!" Someone else tweeted. "People bring pies and deserts and all my mom's sisters do the cooking and some of the uncles grill. There'd be a civil war over $30."

  • But there were also people who defended the fee, saying that not only is Thanksgiving a lot of work, but it's also not cheap.

    "My mom fed and clothed us for years as a single parent," Another person said. "We're grown and we work. Why should she still have to feed our grown asses?"

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  • While some people were astonished at the price, $30 might actually be low-balling it.

    It costs an average of $49.12 for a feast of 10 people, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. This calculation includes a turkey, stuffing, rolls, cranberries, pumpkin pie mix, and other Thanksgiving staples. 

  • Maybe the moral of the story here isn't if you pay a fee or not but that you should be contributing somehow or another.

    And to be grateful for whoever is slaving away in the kitchen.

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