Better For Business?

Last week Kristina and her business partner Tristen were at a conference in Berlin.  They were invited to an industry party by Paul and Mark, the owners of a young, growing European company interested in doing business with them.  On the way back to the hotel, the four fast friends decided to stop and eat at a Turkish restaurant before turning in…

The guys insisted on paying for dinner, but then the waiter informed them that the credit card machine at the restaurant was down.  Mark went across the street to the ATM, but it was out of cash.  Luckily, Kristina had enough money to cover the bill, and the crew was saved from a long night of washing dishes…

At the conference the next day, the embarrassed Mark and Paul offered Kristina some cash to contribute to the bill.  But Kristina felt completely cheap accepting money from her new potential partners and told them not to worry about it.  This annoyed Tristen, and she later told Kristina that because Mark and Paul were courting them to do business, Kristina should have let them pay her back.

What do you think?  Was Kristina right to go with her gut, or should she have let them at least pay their share?  Tell us what you think!

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3 Responses to “Better For Business?”

  1. Pea` says:

    I agree with Kristina! I would not have accepted the money. You’re building an alliance with new biz partners. You never know if they’re testing you to see what type of 1) person you are 2) what kind of people they’re going to be doing future business with. You’ll be surprise in finding out how due diligence is done by businesses.

  2. Esmeralda says:

    Kristina did the right thing! It will pay off in the future (hopefully!).

  3. Louie says:

    Tough situation here but in the end Kristina did call it right. Circumstances over-ride intentions. If the relationship proves fruitful it will be money well spent.

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