When Offered a Ride, Should You Always Chip in for Gas?
Traveling with friends can sometimes get tricky….
Our friend Jen recently returned from a destination wedding in France. It was fabulous, glamorous and yes – tres pricey. At one point some of the guests were making plans to drive from Paris to the tiny town where the wedding was being held – a good 2 and a half hours away by car. The alternative to the drive was a series of trains and buses traversing the country side in the blazing heat — which appealed to no one. Jen and her friend Pierre decided it would be euros well spent to rent a car and drive. Meanwhile, their friend Kelly was bemoaning the fact the she had spent most of her money just getting to France and really did not want to spend beaucoup bucks on a car…
She was about to board a bustling bus when she saw her friends Jen and Pierre piling into a rented car. Thrilled at the prospect of hitching a ride, she asked if she could join them, and they happily said yes. When they arrived at their destination, however, Kelly didn’t offer to chip in for the car rental or for any of the gas. In her mind, Jen and Pierre knew she was short in funds, and because they were planning on renting the car anyway, they would have spent the same amount whether she was there or not. However in their minds, Kelly was being totally cheap and should have at least offered to contribute something to the journey other than a thank you to Pierre for driving. No one discussed the issue, but there was a bit of tension in the air..
Are Jen and Pierre being cheap for expecting Kelly to chip in after inviting her along? – after all they were already planning on spending the money on the car before they ran into Kelly – or is Kelly being cheap by not offering to pay at all? What would you do and say in this situation?
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