Grumbling Over A Group Email
Our friend Teri was in a total tizzy the other day, and gave us all an earful over drinks. The issue? Her 5 year old daughter had recently attended a friend’s birthday party, and didn’t exactly receive a thank you note from the birthday girl. Instead, the girl’s mom sent a group email to everyone who came saying,”Thank you all so much for coming and for the wonderful gifts!”
Astonishing – Or Acceptable?
Teri thought it was rude of the mom to send out a generic email to the whole group and not acknowledge individual gifts. Plus, Teri thinks that at 5 years old, the kids are old enough to send their own thank yous – or at least sign ones the parents write for them. And, if it was going to be an email thank you, at least the mom should have emailed each family separately and thanked them specifically for the gift they gave…
While some of our friends agree with Teri, others think Teri is being way too sensitive and should give the other mom a break! After all, Teri is super busy herself and should understand taking the occasional etiquette shortcut — or should she?
So – what do you think? Is it ever ok to send out a general “thank you” email – or do individual gifts warrant individual responses? Would separate emails have been ok or are handwritten notes still expected? Tell us what you think!