Last week, Ginny was out to dinner with Beth, a friend from work. Beth started talking about how she was struggling to find an affordable dress to wear to her cousin’s black tie wedding – which was just four days away! She confessed to Ginny that she was on a shoestring budget and really couldn’t afford any of the new dresses she had found so far… Always willing to help avert a fashion crisis, Ginny told Beth she had a very chic solution for waiting for her – right in her own closet!
After dinner, the two ladies stopped by Ginny’s apartment so Beth could try on Ginny’s elegant, ruby red vintage dress. It fit Beth perfectly. She was thrilled – it was a fashion victory.
Cut to the Monday after the wedding… Beth showed up to work with Ginny’s dress – and horror in her eyes. Somewhere between the end of the wedding and walking through her front door, Beth sat on a pen and got a big blot of black ink right on the seat of Ginny’s vintage gown! Not wanting to make the stain worse, Beth fessed up to the accident, but wanted Ginny to decide the next best cleaning measures.
Though she was a bit devastated, Ginny also felt awkward because given Beth’s financial situation she knew there was no way Beth could afford to have her vintage treasure properly cleaned. Trying to process all the info at once, Ginny spoke before really thinking things through. She quickly told Beth not to worry about it and that she would handle the cleaning of the dress. Beth apologized profusely and then went back to work…
Even though Ginny said she’d deal with the stain, later that night she had misgivings about letting Beth off the hook. Given Ginny’s knowledge of Beth’s financial situation, should she talk to Beth again about having her pay for all or part of the cleaning bill? Or since Ginny already told her not to worry about it, should she just leave it alone?
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