Do The Right Thing?

Before leaving for work the other day, Janie left a $100 cash payment on the counter for her trusted dog walker, Maria.  Everybody went on with their day, but when Janie got home that night, Maria texted her asking if she had accidentally left her money at the apartment.  Janie looked, but the money was gone.  They both realized that Maria either lost her cash, or she was pick pocketed! Clearly, it was an unfortunate situation.  But then, Maria awkwardly asked if Janie would help her by paying for her loss, telling her she was super strapped for cash and really needed the hundred bucks…

Of course Janie felt horrible for Maria having lost her money, and she wanted her to feel taken care of, but she was also totally taken back that Maria would ask her to pay twice.  She said no.

Should Janie have helped Maria out, or should Maria have just been more careful on her commute?  What would you do?

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3 Responses to “Do The Right Thing?”

  1. Sue K says:

    The biggest thing is that it was cash. There is no way to know what happened to it or track it. Was this their normal arrangement? It also says that she left it on the counter. How many people live in the house? There is information that is missing here that I feel needs to be part of the mix. If Maria has been a long time friend/dog walker for Janie and nothing on this order has ever happened before, I would be inclined to say that I might be willing to give her half of the money. I also think that never again would I want to leave “cash” for the sake of all parties involved.

  2. louie says:

    A gift of another $100 for services rendered is absolutely out of the question. If the girl wants to borrow money or get an advance on future services, then that might be in order. She could work it off in an agreed amount of time. Asking for it as a gift is totally out of order.

  3. laurie says:

    Janie should hire a new dog walker. Maria has a lot of nerve to ask to be paid twice.

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