Artists and writers are used to people undervaluing their work, either because they’re entitled, or they simply don’t comprehend what they’re asking for in terms of labor. But how can you argue over the cost of food? A caterer named Onequa shared a conversation she had with a woman about a proposed wedding meal that shows people are always trying to get more than they deserve for as little as possible.
She shared the screenshot of a text conversation on Twitter, and it starts out normal. The woman she’s speaking with is the god daughter of the woman getting married, apparently stepping in as a wedding planner. She asks for a number of dishes, including an omelette station, wing station, and waffle station for a breakfast/brunch meal. She mentions three different types of fish, too. This lady wants it all!
Onequa very reasonably quotes $ 5,000 for 200 people, which brings all that to down below $ 30 a head. Remember, she is buying all the materials and cooking everything. The woman comes back at her with some insults about her presence on Instagram, then tries to lowball her. It’s wild!
You want all that and cupcakes, too, for $ 2,100! And they’re some good looking cupcakes:
You need to pay for all the flavors, luv.
People are really blown away by how Onequa’s work was undervalued by these women, and they just can’t get over it:
You cannot cater a wedding for “exposure.”
I can’t believe she had the nerve to call it an “opportunity”. It’s a cheapskates wedding. How would it be an opportunity to take a pay cut so you can tell all your friends to underpay me as well? Hard pass.
— LikeDorisPayne (@gracehasajoke) June 6, 2018
Also, her rate was reasonable??? People with wedding (and math) experience said this woman blew the deal of her life on that wedding buffet:
That rate isn’t even unreasonable. $ 28/person or more is actually what you pay at any restaurant. Also the notice is kinda short in my opinion so she deserved a girl bye
— Latisha Carr, M.A. (@LatishaCarr) June 6, 2018
I thought for sure that’s a $ 10k order. I’ve hosted one breakfast at a hotel and they charged $ 30 per head for just continental. 200 people? That’s a steal
— Tara Jefferson (@WhereWomenBloom) June 6, 2018
They want shrimp, crab, AND swordfish??? For that many people?? That ALONE will run you a couple Gs!!
— Clarisha Blaylock (@QueenCB4) June 6, 2018
There were some offered alternatives:
For $ 10/head I’ll cater 5 thawed shrimps and a Walmart cupcake per person.
— Kara Rides Bikes please dont kill me (@KaraNextWeek) June 6, 2018
August 10, 2018
Trisha, in her wedding gown, mumbles “$ 2,100…take it or leave it” as she swipes her credit card.
She swipes again, shouting “It isn’t working!”
The Subway employee is calm, this isn’t his first wedding season.
“It’s a chip reader, ma’am. Insert the card.”
— sarah york (@thesarahyork) June 6, 2018
Should’ve told ‘em Lil Caesars got their food hot n ready
— 🏳️🌈🌈 vegan fairy 🌈🏳️🌈 Ⓥ (@spooky_vegan) June 6, 2018
Shoulda told her to get 200 of those $ 5 dinner boxes from Popeye’s if she wanted it cheap, but then she probably would have complained about having to buy drinks separately.
— Blek Lives Mettah (@AbbieHollowDays) June 6, 2018
But she was also so rude.
On the bright side, people are loving Onequa’s story so much they’re sending her some pocket cash:
And following her on Instagram and sending messages of support:
So, she didn’t get to cater someone’s last minute wedding. Instead, she gets the support of the Internet for valuing herself. And giving us some hilarious text messages to scream over. That is definitely worth $ 28 a head.