Fury Over Mom-in-Law Canceling Family’s Non-Refundable Vacation by Text

The internet has sided with a woman who shared her frustrations after her mother-in-law canceled the family holiday.

With over 190 replies, the thread sparked conversation as users on the Mumsnet discussion site headed to the comments to share their thoughts.

Original poster LeafHunter explained on Monday: “[My] husband’s family always go away each year. It’s him, his four siblings, and everyone’s partners and children. We are going on 2nd August.”

But weeks before the trip, the couple received a text from LeafHunter’s mother-in-law to say she had tested positive for COVID-19 and, as a result, had canceled the family holiday.

“She said she can’t guarantee she will be testing negative by then,” explained the Mumsnet user. “Father-in-law is currently negative.”

Frustrated by her mother-in-law’s actions, LeafHunter explained: “I’m annoyed as we’ve booked all flights, car hire, etc. Parents-in-law pay for the villa and we all pay for the rest. This is widely out of character for them.”

In the last week, a COVID Omicron subvariant labeled BA.5 has been referred to as “the worst version of the virus that we’ve seen,” amid rising cases around the US and the rest of the world.

Tracking data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday reported a daily average of new COVID cases in the US of 122,639 and a daily average of new hospitalizations at 5,762.

While travel restrictions have been dramatically eased since the height of the pandemic, the CDC still recommends that you should not travel if you have COVID-19 symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19, or are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test .

“I would be annoyed,” said one reply on the viral post. “The holiday is well over 10 days away and surely the two of them don’t outweigh the holiday of many others? Can’t you all chip in and pay to cover their costs?”

Another Mumsnet user wrote: “She just unilaterally canceled the holiday for all of you?! That’s nuts.”

“I’ve just had covid and felt fine and tested negative after 5 days,” shared another commenter. “I know it’s different for everyone but she should be fine in 2 weeks’ time. I hope you manage to find other accommodation.”

Later LeafHunter updated and explained: “We can’t get a refund on our flights or car hire as they’re booked in our names and we’re not positive. It’s a Spanish island—I don’t think it’s a negative test to get in. It feels like a knee-jerk reaction.”

Another reply suggested that there may be more to the issue than the positive test: “I’d say something else is afoot here, that doesn’t make sense to me.”

A stock image of an airport departures board featuring canceled flights. The internet has slammed a mother-in-law for canceling a family holiday because she tested positive for COVID-19.
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