Once a month, Kelly and her friends get together for movie night. They order their favorite pizza, put on the most ridiculous romantic comedy they can think of – and that’s it! They relax and enjoy a casual girl’s night in!
The girls all chip in for pizza and salad – usually it doesn’t come to more than five bucks apiece. And whoever has an extra bottle of wine laying around brings it – voila, instant party!
This past weekend, when the pizza arrived, Kelly’s friend Pam turned to her and said, “You know, Kel, you owe me $5 from last time – remember I covered you?” Though Pam was correct, Kelly still felt a bit embarrassed – and caught off guard. She quickly pulled out ten dollars to cover both her and her friend’s share of the evening’s meal.
Kelly later confided to us that she actually felt sort of upset about the interaction. She said she had lent friends a few bucks countless times and never asked for it back – she felt like it all worked out in the end! She couldn’t believe how cheap Pam was to call her out on a measly five bucks. While some of us agreed with her, others felt Pam did nothing wrong – after all, Kelly did owe her money – wasn’t it ok for her to ask for it back?
So – what do you think? Are you a proponent of the ‘What Comes Around Goes Around’ approach – or do you think it’s smarter to keep track of loans – no matter how small?| Print