By Sam - 15/07/2013 05:14 - United States - Elmhurst

Today, I had to turn down an invitation to one of my best friend's birthday party because I had been scheduled to work. Little did I know that my job on that day would be setting up the tents, tables, and chairs for that very birthday party. FML
I agree, your life sucks 52 876
You deserved it 4 458

Same thing different taste

Top comments


You couldn't attend after the set up?

friedpwnadge 25

Sounds like a set up to me. B)

That's what I thought at first too. But judging by the fact that this is an FML I'm assuming, this didn't happen.

It sounds like an awesome turnout to me! OP, I think you're confused. You want L My Life, not F My Life.

Damian95 16

Even a few minutes to say hi and drop off a card wouldve sufficed I'm sure.

nightowl713 25

I feel like the way this FML is worded that the FML is not about the OP having set up the party, i mean atleast the friend would know OP wasnt lying, but i think the FML is about the fact said friend knows where op works and booked their services that day.. Maybe so OP would HAVE to miss for work? Idk...

nightowl713 25

Ok, upon further evaluation, I still think my original comment is a possibility, but another is that OP is referring to FML because he was not only bummed about missing, but that he had it rubbed in his face while working, adding insult to injury.

not much of a best friend if you wouldn't take the day off work for her birthday

Depending on when OP got the invitation, it could've been too late for them to ask for the day off. It isn't as easy for some people to get off as it is for other. You can't just assume OP didn't try to get off to go to their friend's birthday party.

KeannaLove 32

Sometimes you need be an adult and go to work instead of having fun. It sucks but they're doing the responsible thing. And if they're anything like me, I need a months notice to take any time off.

Spoken like a person who never had a real responsibly in their life.

amy6703 6

You must be a terrible diva of a friend. Why else would you be appalled that someone can't take off work to go to a party? Life happens, you won't always get your way.

sioux4 17

Depending on when and how the invitation was received, it's OP's friend who isn't much of a best friend... why would you schedule a birthday party and not check if your best friends will be able to make it? Unless OP received the notice that they would have to work on the day of the party after accepting the invitation, or the friend is the wrong one for just assuming everybody was going to be free that day and not checking before scheduling a party.

Wizardo 33

Should have explained the situation and I'm sire your company would've let you attend the party seeing as they're one of your clients.

How's this FML? You got to go to the party, and your friend couldn't be upset with you. That's a lucky brake in my book.

Wowxoxo 17

The problem is I'm guessing (s)he didn't stick around for the actual party. Maybe OP's friend wasn't even at there during the setup

She probably felt embarrassed or awkward knowing that she let the invitation down for work then realizing she has to set everything up. Who knows her friend was probably giving her one of those looks while she was setting up.

25 - That's true. Didn't even think of that!

VaveJessop 6

@48, but if her friend hired her company to set up for the party, wouldn't it be obvious why they're helping to set up? Unless the best friend doesn't know where OP works, in which case a, "hey, I didn't know we were setting up for your party!" would sort things out.. the friend really has no reason to be giving OP dirty looks for working, lol.

zevo1415 10

This sounds like the best case scenario to me...hmm

TaytheHuman 8

so you went to the party anyways. not very fml if I must say so myself.

Could have set up the tent and chairs and then mingled with your friends. Not only did you go, but you were paid to be there.

suboy 10

Most likely OPs company did not stick around for the festivities. They were there to set up for the party and will come back once the party is over.

So then what about the time in between if that's the case?

They might have other parties to set up/take down that day too.

Sounds like a win-win, attended the party and got paid to do so.

that's not bad. you did make it. surely you started after setting up.