A recent rant-gone-viral post by a wedding photographer threw netizens into a divided toxic debate.
The photographer revealed that he deleted a couple’s wedding photos after finding out that they did not save him a spot at any table.
He said he was being expected to work in the searing heat all day without a break for water and food.
The anonymous poster, who shared the story on Reddit asked forum users: ‘Am I the A******’ explaining he’s a dog groomer and not a professional photographer, other than taking pictures of pooches for social media all day.
He’d agreed to help out a friend who was getting married on a shoestring, for a fee of $250 (Ksh 27,662), and after working all day, he was refused a break by the groom.
His friend gave him an ultimatum saying he had to continue with food or water, or go home, so the photographer deleted the wedding pictures and left.
While some thought that his actions were too ‘harsh’ the majority sided with the photographer, maintaining that the couple had taken him for a ride.
Here are some of the many divided opinions sampled by K24-Digital
One netizen was totally displeased; “That sounds horrible. I understand making rash decisions like this and then regret them.”
Another agreed, adding: “Got married, and anyone we hired was provided with a meal and allowed to take breaks. They swindled you.”
“Didn’t have to delete the pictures but I don’t blame you for leaving.”
“These aren’t “friends”, these are leeches.”
“Too often people are bluffing to get their way but then learn the hard way when the said bluff is called.”
Here’s the photographer’s full post;
“A friend got married a few days ago and want to save money, asked if I’d shoot it for them. I told him it’s not really my forte but he convinced me by saying he didn’t care if they were perfect: they were on a shoestring budget and I agreed to shoot it for $250(Ksh 27,662) which is nothing for a 10-hour event.
On the wedding day, I’m driving around following the bride as she goes from appointment to appointment before the ceremony, taking photos along the way. I shoot the ceremony itself, and during the reception, I’m shooting speeches and people mingling. I started around 11 am and was due to finish around 7:30 pm.
Around 5 pm, food is being served and I was told I cannot stop to eat because I need to be a photographer; in fact, they didn’t save me a spot at any table. It’s also unbelievably hot. I told the groom I need to take off for 20minutes to get something to eat and drink. He tells me I need to either be a photographer or leave without pay.
With the heat, being hungry, being generally annoyed at the circumstances, I asked if he was sure, and he said yes, so I deleted all the photos I took in front of him and took off saying I’m not his photographer anymore.”