People share the stingiest behaviour they've witnessed

From giving a half-drunk bottle of wine as a wedding present to bringing home food from the buffet at a wake, people share the stingiest behaviour they’ve witnessed (so, are YOU guilty of any?)

  • Mumsnet users have shared the stingiest behaviour they have ever witnessed
  • One woman revealed her father-in-law refused to pay £1 for wedding day parking
  • Another woman brought a half-drunk bottle of wine as a wedding present
  • People have revealed the most extreme examples of penny-pinching they’ve ever witnessed, including a father who refused to pay £1 for parking on his son’s wedding day. 

    Mumsnet users took to the UK-based parenting forums to swap stories of stingy family members who leave them in despair over their tight-fisted habits, while others owned up to their own bad behaviour. 

    One British woman revealed her friend had brought a half-drunk bottle of wine to their mutual friend’s wedding. 

    Another said her wealthy parents-in-law brought a packet of mince pies to the Christmas lunch she hosted for ten family members, ate their fill – then took the mince pies back home with them at the end of the day. 

    Mumsnet users swapped stories of stingy family members who leave them in despair over their tight-fisted habits, while others owned up to their own bad behaviour. Stock image

    Mumsnet users swapped stories of stingy family members who leave them in despair over their tight-fisted habits, while others owned up to their own bad behaviour. Stock image

    The hilarious thread was kickstarted by a woman who asked: ‘Yourself or someone else, what is the most stingy, mean, miserable thing is that you have ever done or seen someone else do?’

    More than 800 people replied, with dining out, parties and grocery shopping proving a ripe source for stories. 

    One posted: ‘I know someone who brings cheap Aldi own label beer to drink to our house then doesn’t touch the stuff, but drinks the more expensive beers available, like BrewDog. And was at a friends once and someone brought a bottle of cheap red wine, drank half and took the remainder home again.’

    Another shared: ‘I’ve mentioned this before on other threads but my sister would go to funerals (even those of people she vaguely knows), then disappear later to collect her kids. 

    ‘She’d make them eat at the wake to ‘save feeding them at home’ and would often walk out with a plate piled with food for their lunch boxes the following day. Didn’t even ask, just took it. She’d brag about it and I’ve witnessed her doing it more than once!’

    A third wrote: ‘We went on an expensive group holiday which had a cook, it was very much expected culturally to tip the cook. 

    ‘One of the wealthiest in the group who had spent the trip buying themselves clothing worth thousands of dollars refused to join in on the tipping which amounted to about £40 each for a week of cooking and service (it was already on the low end of an expected tip!), so we all had to cover their tip for them. I could never look at them the same after that.’

    One woman revealed her ex-husband was so miserly, he refused to pay to install a shower in his home, despite having the money to do so. 

    She wrote: ‘[My ex] is comfortable and has no mortgage (mummy bought him a flat years ago) and he has a reasonably well paid job for doing not much all day. 

    ‘He is too mean to put a shower into his bathroom and goes to his mother’s or his work/gym every morning before work rather than use his bath. 

    ‘Too stingy to put a shower in for his daughter who is a teenager and when she visits him ,she too also has to go to granny’s. Tightwad.’

    Several shared stories of friends pocketing tips at the end of a meal out. 

    One wrote: ‘When I was a waitress, we had a big table who stayed late as it was a major birthday celebration. The person hosting left a big cash tip on the table to say thank you. One of the party made an excuse to nip back and pocketed the tip.

    ‘A few years later in my first job in London, I had a boss who had a similar habit. When we went out as a team for a meal, he would get make sure everyone paid him in cash then he would pop it on his credit card. He’d make sure everyone kicked in extra for a tip. Except he would never add a tip on the chit. 

    ‘A while later his PA told me he also used to claim back for the meals on expenses as team building. So basically he’d just pocket everyone’s money. He was absolutely loaded. And he is involved in politics now. Snouts in the trough!’